Space for China’s LGBTQ+ Communities Continues to Shrink

Leaked documents revealed last weekend that Shanghai University has ordered its colleges to collect lists of LGBTQ+ students and report on their personal lives. Citing unspecified “relevant requirements,” the university of...

Military Fantasy Novels Find Home Online

For Foreign Policy, Isaac Stone Fish and Helen Gao explore the “terrifying” web-based genre of Chinese military fantasy novels: It is the year 2049. China’s economic development has so disturbed the...

Net Turns Cold and Spooky for Fatigued Netizens

At Tea Leaf Nation, Natalie Thomas points to signs that netizens are growing disillusioned with social media as a force for social and political change, as apparent victories turn out to be hollow and numbness sets in. While...

Corruption: The Goldilocks Argument

The subject of corruption and its place in Chinese culture and society has been the focus of vigorous debate. Wen Jiabao stated in March that corruption poses the “most crucial threat” to Party rule; Murong Xuecun...

Chinese Social Networks Explained

Thomas Crampton has posted a short guide to China’s social networks and their users, while at DigiCha, a slideshow by Bill Bishop gives an in-depth explanation of so-called “Twitter clone” Sina Weibo. From ThomasCrampton.com:...

New Breed of Web Giants Emerging in China

Warc.com looks at Google’s recent list of the most popular websites around the world: The potential scale of China’s future trajectory in this area, was shown by the impressive headline scores of some of the...

China’s Social Networks Bloom Without Twitter, Facebook

Francois Bougon reports for AFP: The 384 million people now online in China, where the need to build connections (guanxi) has always been vital, have fostered an explosion in web networking, led by instant messaging and...

QQ numbers: property under law? – Virtual China

Much praise has been showered on China’s passing of its first private property law. Is it time now for one on virtual properties? From Virtual China (photo: QQ dolls via chinanews.com.cn): CNNIC reports that 61% of gamers have had virtual assets stolen and 77% feel that the current online atmosphere is unsafe for virtual assets. […]

QQ: China’s New Coin of the Realm? – WSJ

From the Wall Street Journal: “China’s fastest-rising currency isn’t the yuan. It’s the QQ coin — online play money created by marketers to sell such things as virtual flowers for instant-message buddies, cellphone ringtones and magical swords for online games. In recent weeks, the QQ coin’s real-world value has risen as much as 70%.

Chinese Virtual Currency Gaining Value in the Real World – Virtual China

From Virtual China Blog: Tencent, QQ.com‘s parent company, is being sued by an angry user for impersonating a friend and getting him to link through to a contest site. Damages sought: 40,000 Q coins, and 445 5-digit QQ numbers (see previous post on the value of QQ numbers). Is this the first time that a […]

Southern Weekend Report on Internet controls

Nanfang Zhoumo (Southern Weekend), one of China’s most popular newspapers and part of the independent-minded Southern Daily Group, has published a lengthy report on government efforts to censor the Internet. [UPDATE: ESWN...



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