memes

In Shanghai, The Jokes Are No Longer Funny

An essay tracing the evolution of Shanghai lockdown memes from giddy jests about Shanghai culture to gallows humor and gloomy meditations on the state of society was censored last week after going viral on Weibo. The essay,...

From CDT Chinese: Top Ten Memes of 2021

Editor’s Note: As we enter 2022, CDT has compiled a special series of features for our readers, offering a look back at the people, events, controversies, memes and sensitive words that defined the past year. Some of this...

2012: A Grass-Mud Horse Year in Review

From Bo Xilai’s dramatic fall from power, to Chen Guangcheng’s daring escape to the U.S. Embassy, to numerous sordid sex scandals, 2012 has been an incredibly eventful year in China. China’s 500 million netizens have provided a...

Chinternet Meme: Office for Petitions and Appeals

The two major China stories of the past few months both began at outposts for U.S. diplomatic missions in China. In February, Wang Lijun went to the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu, the first chapter of the ongoing drama surrounding...

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