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11 July 2016

A New Species of Beetle Named After President Xi Is Blacklisted on Chinese Social Media

Global Voices Advocacy

"An act of ass kissing now turns into ass kicking…"

Chinese Censors Are Making Sure Social Media Only Shows Positive Flooding News

Global Voices Advocacy

"The propaganda is good at turning a disaster into a positive story and making human errors invisible."

8 July 2016

China Bans News Sourcing From Social Media

"From a historical perspective, media outlets that are close to government have a higher tendency to fabricate news. The track record of state-controlled media outlets is even worse."

1 July 2016

In China, Homophobia and Fear of ‘Foreign Forces’ Go Hand in Hand

After a lesbian couple got engaged publicly at a university, a school official accused one of the women of being "under the control of an illegal organization."

28 June 2016

‘Warcraft’ Movie Brings Out the Nostalgia in China's Online Gaming Generation

"Sitting in the cinema, I was overwhelmed and almost cried. I started playing Warcraft in 2005 and was among the first group of players."

23 June 2016

Founder of Protest Reporting Outlet Goes Missing in China

Global Voices Advocacy

Lu Yuyu has been missing since June 15. Yuyu has been reporting news of mass demonstrations in China via his platform "Not in the News" since 2013.

Chinese Village Leader Who Planned to Protest Land Seizures Suddenly Confesses to Corruption. Suspicious?

"'Anti-corruption' is such a useful word. It can be used to attack your political opponent and to incriminate the people's hero."

18 June 2016

The Savory Treat of the Dragon Boat Festival and the Aunties Who Make Them

Many Taiwanese Americans rely on “aunties” — vendors who sell bah tsang through informal networks — to get their fill.

17 June 2016

Hong Kong Bookseller Says He Was Forced to Confess on TV During Eight-Month Detention in China

Global Voices Advocacy

"This is not just my personal matter or Causeway Bay Books, this is about the human rights of Hong Kong people."

Local Chinese Officials Promise They Won't Let the Yulin Dog Meat Festival Happen This Year

"Being humane to animals is not a western value. China has had laws against animal abuse since the Qing Dynasty."

15 June 2016

China’s LGBTQ Community Tells Orlando Shooting Victims: You're Not Alone

"So many friends came and showed their love...I saw everyone cried, I saw everyone’s eyes, don’t cry my dears, let’s be strong and hold each other’s hands."

What Can China Do to Stop the ‘Epidemic’ of Suicides Among Government Officials?

Some say tougher anti-graft measures are necessary. Others think judicial independence could make a difference.

12 June 2016

What Sparked the Yan Zhou Unrest? China's Information Deficit in the Spotlight

"The kidnapper becomes the good fellow who tried to stop a fight [...] Who are the blind ones? People from Yan Zhou or state-owned media?"

7 June 2016

Lancôme Cancels Concert With Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Singer After Pressure From China

"When a company, out of commercial considerations, decides to practice excessive self-censorship, that also generates fear in the community and encourages tyranny's unreasonable behavior."

3 June 2016

Macedonia's Ruling Party Has Resuscitated Socialist Realism Without the Socialism

Macedonia's ruling party placed an order for more than 50 paintings, depicting key moments in its history, in the manner of the former Communist party.

1 June 2016

China Mandates State-Private Management Model to Censor the Internet

China recently introduced a new policy intended to regulate live-streaming platforms. According to business magazine Caixin's report, authorities will soon require popular video streaming platforms to sell between 1 and 10 percent...

Why Some Chinese Fail to See Racism in Qiaobi's Viral Detergent Commercial

"The Chinese want to be equal with white people, but like white people, they have to achieve their status by standing on top of black people."

31 May 2016

When Immigrants in Spain Can't Find Work, Some Resort to Selling Beer on the Street

"I don’t like selling beer because I have no job, but I need the money for sending [home to my family]."

30 May 2016

The Meteoric Rise of (Recently Censored) Chinese Internet Celebrity Papi Jiang

Only a few days after Internet censors took down most of her clips for foul language, she sold advertising space on her weekly videos for $3.5 million.

26 May 2016

China’s Independent Journalists Face High Risks — And Are in High Demand

Global Voices Advocacy

Outside the umbrella of the media institution, independent journalists face many risks, but their work is becoming increasingly influential in China's media ecology.

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