Rats! Taobao Censors Toys, Vendors Cry Fowl

Toys riffing on China’s hottest online idiom, “calling a rat a duck,” were yanked from online shelves this past week, a sign of the idiom’s continued political sensitivity.  The tongue-in-cheek saying “calling a rat a duck”...

Li Chengpeng: Speak

Author and blogger Li Chengpeng, who has 6.4 million followers on Sina Weibo, delivered a powerful speech to students at Beijing University on freedom of speech. Translated by Liz Carter at A Big Enough Forest: Having lost the...

To Know What’s Wrong With China, Look At Construction

Popular blogger Li Chengpeng wrote recently about the recent collapse of a bridge in Harbin, after which officials claimed that they were unable to find the construction company responsible. He uses that example, among many...

Dreaming About a Life Free of Lies

The liberal Southern Media Group held the “China Dreams” award ceremony to honor recipients who, according to the group’s statement, “represent our times, in which we dare to dream, can dream and are fulfilling...

Evan Osnos: China: Truth, Rumors, and a Basket of Fruit

On his New Yorker blog, Evan Osnos comments on the recent riots in Xintang, Guangdong, the power of rumors in Chinese society, and the government’s powerlessness as a purveyor of truth: The town of Zengcheng had erupted in...

Anti-CCTV: Keeping an Eye on the State Broadcaster

China Central Television (CCTV), China’s most powerful state television station, has recently become a target of China’s many online communities. Amidst the fray, one site was brought to our attention: Anti-CCTV. Launched as...

Nuo Ying (偌盈): Why Does CCTV Take Pride in Deceit?

It seems that CCTV’s reputation has gone up in flames along with its building. But the recently burned building is not the only reason CCTV is under fire from netizens. Blogger Nuo Ying (偌盈) pointed out a cultural problem...

BOCOG: “I Do Not Think There Was Any Wrongdoing”

Beijing-based legal scholar Xu Zhiyong (许志永) writes on his blog, translated by CDT: Seven-year-old Yang Peiyi sang a lovely song for the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games. However, audiences all over the world...

Isabel Hilton: Reaching beyond the myth of Mao

From the Guardian: Sixteen years ago, on the night of June 4 1989, tanks moved into Tiananmen Square in Beijing and began the violent dispersal of the longest-running student demonstration the People’s Republic of China had seen… In the weeks after the violence, untold numbers fled abroad. To this day, others remain in prison. In […]



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