Southern Weekly Censorship Faceoff Continues (Updated)

The heavy-handed rewriting of the Southern Weekly newspaper’s traditional New Year greeting has triggered a staff strike, a barrage of letters and petitions, and an upwelling of popular support both on- and offline. In the...

Bill Bishop, “The China Hand’s China Hand”

At PandoDaily, Hamish McKenzie interviews Bill Bishop, also known on Twitter as @niubi, whom Danwei’s Jeremy Goldkorn credits as the first to break the news in English of Wang Lijun’s flight from Chongqing. With his...

Truth, Rumour, Weibo & Coca-Cola

At The Atlantic, Helen Gao examines the Bo Xilai affair’s blurring of the lines between truth and rumour, and the corrosive effects of the government’s own information policies. On the morning of April 11, Chinese...

“Do Not Hype Gourmet Food or Luxury Clothing!”

A leaked directive from the Central Propaganda Department warned Chinese media, “don’t hype the Two Sessions’ ‘gourmet food’ and the clothing and accessories of representatives!”...

Flame War: Novelist vs Fraud Buster

Danwei’s Joel Martinson chronicles the war of words between author-blogger-racing driver Han Han and merciless scientific fraud slayer Fang Zhouzi. Battle lines have been drawn, with writers, publishers, cartoonists and...

The Uncertain Return of Beijing Wildlife

The sky above Beijing is best known for characteristics other than its bird life. Nevertheless, the city’s birds appear to have multiplied over the past ten years thanks to new habitats offered by reforestation to combat...

About the New Danwei

Following a brief hiatus, veteran China blog Danwei has relaunched on a new trajectory as “a web magazine about China”: Since 2003, we have been translating, reporting and commenting on the Chinese media and...

Video: Danwei’s Second Plenary Session

Danwei.org, an English-language website that tracks Chinese media from inside the Mainland, concluded their Second Plenary Session last week. In attendance were two British and two Chinese journalists: Lindsey Hilsum of Channel...

Facebook Eyes China

Facebook, the online social networking site, has invited English-speaking users in China to help translate the site into Mandarin. The company used the same technique, known as ‘crowd-sourcing’, in Spain recently to...

China breaks the iron rice bowl – Martine Bulard

From Le Monde Diplomatique: China has moved into fourth position in the league table of world economies, but only a third of its population has access to the new temple of consumerism. The rural poor, internal imigrants and laid-off workers suffer worst from the gross new inequalities. Somewhere between the third and fourth ringroad in […]

The World according to “Cankao Xiaoxi” – Bruce Humes

From Danwei blog: What’s more convincing to the masses than propaganda out of Beijing? Discreetly massaged copy from the New York Times, evidently. The New York Times’ Howard W. French recently visited Korla, discovering that despite the oil boom in this “sleepy oasis” in Xinjiang, “not everyone is enjoying the benefits of the town’s new […]



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