Stories about China from August, 2014
31 August 2014
China Will Let Hong Kongers Vote for Their Next Leader — But Only If a Pro-Beijing Committee Selects the Candidates
"We urge all Hong Kong citizens to stand up and speak out. The fact that they refuse to hear us does not mean that we don't exist."
28 August 2014
From a “Gaza Stripper” in Texas to Chinese Migrants in Egypt, Kim Badawi Photographs Intercultural Encounters
In this interview, photographer Kim Badawi discusses his work on cultural encounters, and on the role of social media when mainstream news fails to report stories that matter to communities.
25 August 2014
China's Basic Law Committee Li Fei said that "the person who governs Hong Kong must be a patriot" or the city risks turning into an independent political entity.
What exactly do China's online "opinion analysts" do? A recent scandal at Peking University sheds light on the question.
20 August 2014
Ignoring Pro-Democracy Protests, China's Media Trumpets Pro-Beijing March in Hong Kong as the ‘Majority’
China has promised Hong Kong a direct vote for the next chief executive, but insists that a committee approve the candidates. Pro-democracy protesters want the right to choose the candidates.
19 August 2014
Pro-Government Protesters in Hong Kong Were Reportedly Rewarded With Cash and Free Food for Showing Up
Pro-Beijing groups have been eager to match the level of mobilization shown by the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong.
13 August 2014
12 August 2014
Local Chinese Government Bars Hijabs, Long Beards and Other ‘Abnormal Appearances’ From Public Transport
Some think the temporary measure will become permanent in Karamay, Xinjiang, home to many ethnic Uyghur Muslims. Tensions have at times resulted in deadly clashes between Uyghur activists and authorities.
11 August 2014
CCTV aired a confession from Guo Meimei, who impersonated a Red Cross executive, the evening after a deadly earthquake. Many speculated it was to help the charity's calls for donations.
8 August 2014
WeChat has grown popular since 2012 and now has almost 400 million active users. It was subject to a crackdown earlier this year, with 100 public accounts shut down.
7 August 2014
Lin Zhibo's appointment as dean of journalism school at Lanzhou University pitted the country's leftist nationalists against liberals pressing for more media freedom.