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Abe Assassination Reenactment Creates Weibo Firestorm

A skit reenacting former Japanese President Shinzo Abe’s assassination—staged during a high school field day in Zaozhuang, Shandong—has reignited online debate over rising anti-Japanese sentiment in China. Abe’s assassination in...

“Good Morning, Class! I Am Not a Spy.”

A photo of an American teacher introducing himself to a Chinese university class with a slide presentation proclaiming, “I am not a spy” has gone viral, eliciting much mirth online. It also highlights an increasingly tense...

Grief, Anger Over 11 Deaths in Qiqihar School Roof Collapse

Ten young volleyball players and their coach were killed and four others injured when the roof of their middle-school gymnasium in Qiqihar, Heilongjiang province, collapsed during a practice on Sunday. The tragedy has touched...

A Meme Too Far? Weibo Bans Content about Imaginary University

Less than a month after the conclusion of China’s hypercompetitive annual university entrance examination (“gaokao”), a satirical meme about an imaginary university has been banned on Weibo. The meme and its censorship reveal...

Five Slogans Show Protest Movement’s Diversity, Unity

The spontaneous protests that swept China last week were remarkable for a number of reasons, among them their diversity. While all the demonstrations were loosely tied together by mourning the loss of at least 10 people in an...

A Brief Timeline of Student Protests in China since 1989

June 4, 2022 marked the 33rd anniversary of Chinese troops opening fire on protesters to suppress the student-led Tiananmen Movement of 1989. In the following decades, student activism in mainland China never ceased, despite...

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