Liu Qi on civic responsibility – Joel Martinsen

From Danwei: Danwei blog translated and carried an article named “Seventeen Hates” from Southern Weekly written by Liu Qi (ÂàòÈΩê) who is a columnist in Beijing. Seventeen hates 1. The building management is active in fee collection but slack in light-bulb changing. At night, in the corridors, property owners say “let there be light” but […]

Netizen’s arguments do not sit well with real life people – Raymond Zhou

From Raymond Zhou blog: Offering your bus seat (ËÆ©Â∫ß rang zuo) to someone in need seems to be the right thing to do regardless of geography, culture or economic status. A recent backlash proves that not everyone takes it as such. Earlier this year, Zhengzhou in central China installed an incentive scheme for rang zuo. […]

Chinese netizens talk back to President Hu Jintao’s moral campaign

President Hu Jintao’s “socialist concept of honor and disgrace” moral campaign is in full swing nationwide, and Chinese netizens are responding online. Hu’s new moral code is: 1) The honor of loving the motherland ; the disgrace of endangering the motherland 2) The honor of serving the people; the disgrace of turning away from the […]

Can the Sage Save China? – Benjamin Robertson and Melinda Liu

From Newsweek (link): China’s official buzzword these days is “harmony.” Whether the audience is Chinese or foreign, rich or poor, Beijing’s leaders are spreading the message: can’t we all just get along? After becoming president in 2003, Hu Jintao made the pursuit of a “harmonious society” his personal mantra. Last week Prime Minister Wen Jiabao […]

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