digital culture

Chinese Joke About Lawyers Turns Out To Be All Too True

There’s a Chinese joke about lawyers that goes like this:  “You know you broke the law, right?” “Which law?” “Why, teaching the law is illegal!” [Editor’s note: It reads better in the original Chinese] The joke became reality...

Tweets From the Plateau

A few days after police took violent measures to clear the site of the two most recent Tibetan self-immolations in an ongoing trend of protest against Chinese rule, The Economist profiles the prominent Tibetan digital dissident...

Online Publishing Grows in China

In the final installment in a three part series on China’s independent digital culture, NPR’s Laura Sydell investigates online publishing: Back in the days of the Cultural Revolution when Mao Tse Tung was still...

37% Hong Kong teens ‘addicted to Net’

“The numbers are alarming: More than half of Hong Kong teens aged between 12 and 15 have made friends with strangers online, and about 7 per cent of them have met these ‘friends’ to have sex.” The full article is here.

Majority of Chinese cannot write without a computer

This interesting article is from an Indian newspaper, The Economic Time Online. “With the increased use of computers, an overwhelming majority of Chinese people are forgetting how to write without a keyboard, emphasising the need that the Chinese language needed more protection, an on-line survey has revealed. In a survey, conducted by the Beijing-based China […]

Internet ‘codewords’ give rise to digital gap

China Daily had an article today on the new language, commonly used in online Chinese-language chat rooms. These are the words you often see in Chinese cyberspace, but probably have no idea what do they mean. “The language is becoming more and more popular among the country’s more than 87 million Internet users, especially young […]

The Novel’s Latest Version Pops Onto China’s Cellphones

A novel, delivered via text message, was sent to cell phone users in China yesterday and has since created a buzz in Internet news sites. According to a New York Times article: “‘Out of the Fortress,’ showed up on tens of thousands of mobile telephone screens on Friday. It is the text-message novel, a new […]



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