Stories about China from January, 2017
It's Lunar New Year, and China's Young People Are Sick and Tired of It
The Chinese Lunar New Year is China's most important season for family reunions, but younger people are increasingly fleeing their relatives and the country altogether.
Popular Chinese Selfie App Meitu Prompts Privacy Fears
"I think it’s just a very shady business practice to try to gather as much data as you can without asking for permission."
China Officially Outlaws Unauthorised VPNs
The Chinese government has been blocking some VPN services in China since 2015, but the current policy has officially made unregistered VPN and web-hosting services illegal.
China's Top Judge Warns Against the ‘Threat’ of Judicial Independence
"The speech should be the best migration service advertisement of the year."
Catchy Singlish Songs Urge Hong Kong to Return Military Hardware to Singapore
"Why you have to be liddat? Give us our Terrex back!"
Hong Kongers Snap Protest Selfies With Government’s Palace Museum Project ‘Exhibition’
After a cultural project proceeds without public consultation and the government spends even more money on a television series to promote it, Hong Kongers stage acts of protest through selfies.
Chinese Wonder If Smog Is Blackening Their Lungs Like It Is High-Speed Trains
"I don't think I will live as long as 80. Look at the train and see what happens to our lungs. My grandpa, aunt and uncle all have lung cancer."
Award-Winning Chinese Human Rights Journalist: ‘This is a Calling, Not a Career Choice’
Twenty-six-year-old journalist Zhao Sile won a Hong Kong Human Rights Press Award for her 2016 story, "The Fate of Chinese Rights NGOs."
Foreign NGOs in China Face Uncertainty as Broad New Law Comes Into Effect
"One of the really negative effects of the law...is that whole sectors of the NGO community…suddenly feel that they are being treated as subversives or enemies..."