Stories about Chinese from March, 2011
Hong Kong: A Governance Crisis Money Can't Solve
On 23 February, 2011, Hong Kong Financial Secretary John Tsang made a U-turn in a controversial government policy to delay a 6,000 Hong Kong dollar poverty-alleviating cash handout. However, plenty of the territory's residents are still dissatisfied with both the policy and issues of governance it has raised.
China: No real friends abroad?
In recent years, China has spent a lot to cultivate alliances with illiberal regimes around the world. While it is portrayed as a battle against Western "universal values", the real reasons may lie at home. And it remains to be seen whether this policy would eventually come back to haunt China itself.
China: Google SSL interfered by GFW
Several sources from Twitter confirm that Google SSL has been interfered by the Great Fire Wall in China. Access to Gmail, GTalk and Google Reader becomes extremely slow. Google's server in Korea (22.214.171.124) is blocked 20-29 mins and 50-59 mins in every hour.
China: In Memory of Post-80s Trash Poet, Xiao Zhao
On February 14, 2011, 25-year-old poet Xiao Zhao ended his life by jumping off a bridge near his home in Hunan province. While the urban post-80s generation blogging star Han Han has caught the world's attention and become one of "The World's 50 Most Influential Figures in 2010", Xiao Zhao's short life tells a completely different story of the same generation in China.
Social Media in China: Why and How
Thomas Crampton reposts Andrea Fenn's overview of why and how companies have used Social Media to engage with China’s online culture. Andrea Fenn is a Shanghai-based member of Ogilvy’s social media team.
China: Not Tweeting a Revolution
Why did China tweet a revolution and then have almost no one show up? See what Chinese idealists were posting to Twitter leading up to February 20, the day of the first rallies in what many hoped would become the country's own "Jasmine revolution".