Last week, the Chinese government announced that the country’s population had declined for the first time in decades, setting off a cacophony of alarm bells among those concerned about China’s demographic destiny. Chinese women,...
Apr 4, 2014
Saturday marks Qingming Jie, or Tomb-Sweeping Day, when families traditionally pay respects to the...
Sep 20, 2013
The Guardian’s Jonathan Kaiman visits a herder-turned-shaman who acts as a “short...
Sep 28, 2012
As the Mid-Autumn Festival coincides with a backlash against conspicuous luxury goods, Xinhua’s Hu Tao and Yuan Ruting note a whiff of corruption emanating from gift sets of solid gold mooncakes: One of the most favored...
Jun 22, 2011
Simplified Chinese characters have been erased from the Taiwanese Tourist Bureau’s website on the instructions of President Ma Ying-jeou. Other government agencies are ordered, and private businesses encouraged, to follow...
Sep 26, 2008
In response to the tainted milk scandal, several bloggers have questioned the moral foundation of Chinese society. Inside-Out China’s author Xujun Eberlein has re-posted on an previous milk scandal comment: The Chinese...
Apr 8, 2008
The Xie Fangde Temple was built during the Ming Dynasty to commemorate Song Dynasty poet Xie Fangde. With plans to destroy the Temple looming, SexyBeijing.tv visits the site for one last look: Just southwest of Tiananmen square...
Apr 4, 2008
Although Qingming jie is an ancient Chinese holiday to commemorate the dead, it was only last December that the Chinese government made Qingming an official holiday. From China Daily: People are walking to a cemetery in the west...
Mar 4, 2008
China’s youth are defying tradition with sexual promiscuity. But is education addressing this newfound freedom? And is age-old morality under seige? The New York Times reports on this new phenomenon and its...
Sep 25, 2007
The Washington Post: Workers strung red lanterns and spruced up parks across the city for Tuesday night’s celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival, which for centuries has marked the end of harvest and the time in the lunar calendar when the moon is at its brightest. It is a time for family reunions, for moon-gazing and […]
Sep 24, 2007
From Xinhua via Shanghai Daily: In the run-up to Mid-Autumn Festival, today, the war for mooncake sales is heating up in stores and restaurants. Meanwhile, a discount mooncake market is booming on the Internet, with the number of related posts hitting 551 on a Beijing sub-BBS alone. One advertiser surnamed Wu said, “Mid-Autumn Festival is […]
May 3, 2007
From Asia Sentinel: In China, the empathy deficit is not only at a worrying level but seems to be further compounded by what intellectuals call a “values vacuum.” In one of his blog posts, Financial Times Chinese web...
Oct 4, 2006
From the New York Times: For many Chinese, an ancestor is someone to honor, but also someone whose needs must be maintained. Families burn offerings of fake money or paper models of luxury cars in case an ancestor might need pocket change or a stylish ride in the netherworld. But here in the parched canyons […]
Sep 27, 2006
From the Guardian, another article about the rejuvenation of Confucius’ legacy in China: It has taken almost 2,557 years, but the family tree of Confucius, the philosophical father of Asia’s male dominated society, is finally going to acknowledge women. Female descendants will be recognised in a new lineage chart of the Chinese sage’s family – […]
Sep 3, 2006
From Shanghai-Star: For dozens of years, many Chinese people, especially the young, have been proud of speaking good English and being familiar with foreign culture. Such people are considered knowledgeable.Suddenly, the situation has changed. Just one or two years ago, a long forgotten word guoxue (State study, which mainly means the Chinese ancient classics) has […]
Apr 24, 2006
From the Christian Science Monitor (link): As Chinese leaders fret over rising peasant protests, political instability, and a decay of traditional values, the Communist Party is experimenting with multiple new messages –...
Apr 26, 2005
From China Daily, via People’s Daily: Uygur Mukam, the melodious centuries-old music from Xinjiang, might soon become an art form deemed to be internationally-recognized intangible cultural heritage. The genre dates back to the 15th century and comprises narrative and dance music created by the ancient Uygur people. Intangible cultural heritage is defined by the UNESCO […]
Feb 28, 2005
From Xinhua – English: As many other celebrations like the Double Seventh Festival and Dragon Boat Festival have gradually faded from public attention, Spring Festival, or Chinese Lunar New Year, seems to be the last tradition still cherished today, although a lot of its cultural content has been lost or changed. According to 56-year-old Cao […]
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- ASPI – Singing from the CCP’s songsheet: The role of foreign influencers in China’s propaganda system
- Lacuna Magazine – Redacted Fantasy: China’s Dystopian Censorship of Online Fiction
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