Deng Zhengjia

Netizen Voices: Watermelon’s Out, Omelettes Are In

A People’s Daily Weibo comment on the complaints of the people has only given the people more reason to complain. The state-run paper urged readers to pull themselves up by their bootstraps, rather than throw their hands up at a...

Heat Wave Miraculously Revives Fake Beating Victim

An attempt to capitalize on widespread outrage at chengguan urban management staff was foiled by the continuing heat wave on Saturday, when a supposedly dead “beating victim” had to get up for a drink of water. From...

Mixed Findings from Fruit Vendor’s Autopsy

An autopsy on a watermelon vendor allegedly beaten to death by chengguan urban management officers two weeks ago has offered a mixed picture about the true cause of his death. The report found that Deng Zhengjia died of a...

Drawing the News: Chinese Dream, Chinese Nightmare

Last week, Luobowang (“Carrot Net”) invited readers to satirize a public service advertisement in the state-run Global Times [zh]: How did China get strong? Because of the Communist Party. 中国何以强?缘有共产党 The newspaper...

Drawing the News: Of Melons and Men

City management officials (chengguan), a sort of para-police force patrolling the streets, are known for their brutality towards street vendors throughout China. But harassment and beatings are one thing. Rarely does a...

Watermelon Vendor’s Death Sparks Fury at Chengguan

On Tuesday, China Daily published a partial translation of an article from People’s Daily expressing bewilderment at the unpopularity of chengguan urban management officials. “Perhaps,” it suggested,...

Ministry of Truth: Merchant Killed by Chengguan

Warning: Some of the images shown below are graphic. The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. Chinese journalists and bloggers often refer to...



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