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Abby Liu · March, 2014

Formerly Chinese language editor for GV

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Latest posts by Abby Liu from March, 2014

The Appeal of WeChat and Self-Media in China

  18 March 2014

Tencent’s WeChat, semi-private messaging service has replaced Twitter-like Sina Weibo as a leading channel of alternative information. Tea Leaf Nation has explained the appeal of WeChat and “self-media” in general to young Chinese generation, and the implication of the sudden crackdown. 

China's Crackdown on WeChat

  14 March 2014

Some popular public WeChat accounts were shut down on the night of March 13, 2014 without forewarning. Most of these accounts became a popular venue for discussing politics during the past few months since the big crackdown on Weibo last year.  These deleted accounts include highest profile WeChat account by...

Chinese President Xi Jinping Cartoons

  12 March 2014

Under a special section dedicated to China’s on-going National People’s Congress, iFeng.com, a pro-Beijing TV broadcaster based in Hong Kong, featured series of Chinese president Xi Jinping cartoons. The cartoons are about Xi meeting with ordinary people. Some stories in the cartoon are based on real events.  Offbeat China has translated the...

Video: China's Social Media Reacts to the Kunming Attacks

  12 March 2014

The attack at a railway station in China’s Southwestern Kunming city has led to heated discussions on Chinese social media. Many netizens think western media were trying to downplay the incident by calling it “a senseless act of violence.” Watch the video below to find out more comments and discussions...

Censorship Instructions During China's “Two Sessions”

  9 March 2014

Chinese government has issued censorship instructions during the “Two Sessions” to Chinese media. The instructions, which have been leaked and distributed online, include: Do not report hearsay concerning high-level cadres, such as the news on March 2 about Zhou Yongkang; Keep a reliable handle on the developments in Ukraine. CHINA DIGITAL TIMES has translated the instructions into...

A Map of China, By Stereotype

  7 March 2014

TeaLeafNation uses China's dominant search engine Baidu's search history to finish half-written questions about different provinces in China. A map of China, by stereotype: http://t.co/isRo4hkPTB pic.twitter.com/vhuADJsWGm — FP's Tea Leaf Nation (@TeaLeafNation) March 4, 2014 They plot the stereotypes onto an interesting map about China. For example, Beijing was associated with “smog”...

Xinjiang People Fight Stereotypes Online

  7 March 2014

After China's Railway Station attack last Saturday, the tension between Uighurs and majority Han people has escalated. However, a group of ordinary Uighur people started an online campaign “#I’m from Xinjiang#” to fight stereotypes of Xinjiang people. In China, “Uighurs” are often labeled as  “thieves,” “unappreciative separatists” and “knife-wielding terrorists.” Read more details from Offbeat...

Chinese Journalists Launch Documentary Series: Chinese Word

  2 March 2014

A group of Chinese journalists launched a new media production platform for history related content — the New History Cooperative (新历史合作社). Their products — including books, magazines, events and videos — are shared through the internet and through WeChat and Weibo. One of the latest projects is documentary series about 100 “Chinese...

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