online activism

Citizens Resist Hong Kong Hamster Hunt

In their efforts to trace and contain a rapidly growing coronavirus outbreak in Hong Kong, authorities have identified a prime suspect of transmission: hamsters. After one employee of a pet shop tested positive for COVID-19 in...

From the Lexicon: Milk Tea Alliance

The Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon is named after an unassuming alpaca who galumphed past the censors in 2009 to become a Chinese internet sensation. In the long decade since, the Lexicon has tracked online resistance discourse in 365...

Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon: Digital Disobedience

The following term comes from the Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon, a glossary of terms created by Chinese netizens and encountered in online political discussions. These are the words of China’s online “resistance discourse,” used to...

Online Petition Site Sees Shaky Debut

China’s official online petition platform had a rough first day on Monday, according to The Wall Street Journal’s China Real Time Report, which notes that the web site “triggered mockery across China’s social...

Obama, Minister of China Petitions?

The recent poisoning death of Huang Yang, a graduate student at Fudan University in Shanghai, has triggered inquiries among netizens over the unsolved 1994 poisoning of Zhu Ling, then an undergraduate at Tsinghua University....

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