Stories about China from June, 2015
Who Are the 5.5 Million Facebook Fans of Chinese State Newspaper People's Daily?
Communist party mouthpiece People's Daily has millions of likes on Facebook, a social media platform that is blocked in China. Chinese netizens are wondering who those fans are.
The Puzzle Surrounding a Father's Day Photo of Jailed Chinese Politician Bo Xilai and His Son
"The father is forever the father, whatever he was, a so-called political figure, now he has been put in prison. The son is forever the son."
Pictures of Chinese People Scanning QR Codes
Apart from mobile boarding passes and the occasional event ticket, in many countries QR codes have never quite caught on. In China, however, they're everywhere.
US-Listed Chinese Firms Flock Home to Take Advantage of Bull Market
"In China, if you have enough money, they don't have to face these problems. They can't survive overseas and come back to cheat their relatives."
Hong Kong's Legislature Went Off Script, and the Pro-Beijing Establishment Is Not Happy
After Hong Kong's legislature vetoed China-backed electoral reform, a pro-Beijing news outlet warned the city's autonomy could be in jeopardy if voters don't kick out pan-democrats in next year's elections.
The Deaths of Four Siblings Shines a Harsh Light on China's 60 Million ‘Left-Behind’ Children
"How can CCTV deny [the government’s] responsibility? Isn't society accountable for four children choosing suicide by drinking pesticide?"
Local Chinese Authorities Use Internet Slang ‘Ziganwu’ in Their Propaganda Recruitment
'Ziganwu' are Internet commenters not officially affiliated with authorities but who nevertheless ardently defend the government. China's Sichuan education office has adopted the term as part of recruitment efforts.
If Online Comments Are Any Evidence, China Has an Anti-African Racism Problem
"Many will spew hate online to feel better about themselves but will genuinely be excited to meet a black person in real life."
What Drives a Single Mother in China to Starve Her Daughter to Death?
Xiang Heping wept in an interview that she tied up her 9-year-old daughter and deprived her of food and water for six days as punishment for doing poorly in school.
Why the Numbers 64, 89 and 535 Are Missing From the Chinese Internet
Today is June 4, the 26th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests of 1989. In recent years, some numbers have gone missing on the Chinese Internet because of censorship. These numbers are 64, 89 and 535 — which stands for May 35, a popular way to refer to June 4. They are...
China's Internet Police Launch ‘Speech Inspections’, Chill Critical Voices
The launch of the "Internet Police Inspection and Law Enforcement" program implies a more coordinated effort in the incrimination of online speech.
What a ‘Mischievous Blonde Woman’ Dalai Lama Could Look Like
The Dalai Lama said that he may return as a ‘mischievous blonde woman’ or he might not be incarnated at all. His comments inspired Hong Konger and Taiwanese comic artists.