Opinionated Chinese Netizens have long blogged and slogged Chinese leaders for being corrupt. But last week’s sacking of Bo Xilai, a top Chinese Leader, ignited an explosion of blogging activity about official corruption that topped anything anyone has ever seen. At first, perhaps surprisingly, the Chinese government allowed the eruption…Full Article CHINA MEDIA: The Mad Scramble to Arrest a Key Keyword!
Chinese Netizens are blocked from using Facebook. What else is new? But now there is another (albeit less popular) American social networking website that the Great Firewall does not block: Google+. Ever since February 20, 2012, the Chinese government lifted its censorship of Google+. Ever since, Chinese Netizens have been…Full Article CHINA BLOG BLOTTER: Netizens Noodle Around Obama
Last month the United Nation Security Council took up a resolution that called for the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, to step down. As one of the five permanent members of the Security Council, China voted against it, along with Russia. China remains adamant in its decision despite the outcry from…Full Article CHINA: Newspaper’s Spin on Policy Unconvincing
On February 13, 2012, Mainland China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) announced an official restriction on imported TV series. So exactly how is this partial-ban going to work? Pretty exactly, it would seem! The SARFT have issued no less than seven detailed ordinances for television broadcasters. One,…Full Article CHINA BLOG BLOTTER: Beijing Puts On A Serious Face Against Foreign TV Series
The mutual dislike between Hong Kong-ers and Chinese mainlanders is nothing new. Although Hong Kong is part of China, it runs as a special administrative region and a half autonomous economy. Unlike the motherland, Hong Kong has a historical advantage as an ex-British colony,…Full Article CHINA BLOG BLOTTER: Netizens Parody Hong Kong’s Anti-Mainlander Ad
On February 5, 2012, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao visited Guangdong, a southern province in China, and pledged to push for suffrage rights for farmers. The China Daily reports this on the front page of the online English site, making it very obvious for readers to see.…Full Article CHINA COLUMN: Front Page Treatment For Uncle Wen
Various media outlets around the world have carried reports about the tragic January 23 incident when Chinese security forces opened fire on Tibetan protesters in Northern Sichuan . But no such headline was to be seen in the mainland Chinese news media. According to New York Times, the official Xinhua…Full Article CHINA BLOG BLOTTER: Leaked Tweets on Tibet
China’s Ministry of Health, along with United Nation’s Program on HIV and Aids and the World Health Organization, reports a total of 28,000 people died of HIV/AIDS in China in 2011. This not-so-small number of deaths is minuscule compared to the 48,000 people in China who were reported to be…Full Article CHINA: 28,000 die of HIV/AIDS in China 2011
Taiwanese President Ma Ying-Jeou’s re-election for his second term in office on January 14th, 2012 was the big story last week. Chinese Netizens across the Taiwan Strait, of course, are not hardly out of touch. Despite Beijing’s ban on the topic, Weibo (China’s version of Twitter) is buzzing with tweets…Full Article CHINA: Blog Blotter #6 – Buzzing About Taiwan’s Presidential Election
The Chinese are certainly following the U.S. presidential campaign. A video of a televised Republican primary debate was circulating on the Internet, attracting the attention of up to 500 million Chinese Netizens. In this video, former U.S. Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman stated that his hope for China is to…Full Article Chinese Blog Blotter – Taking China Down?
Ai Weiwei, the sensational Chinese artist who often criticizes China’s government, is in trouble again. Last time, he was detained for three months for “tax evasion.” This time, an artistic photo of him and four women, all nude, titled “One Tiger, Eight Breasts” is deemed pornography. The government is now…Full Article China Blog Blotter – Issue #4: Nudity is Not Porn…On the Internet
Chinese Netizens understand that its government controls every form of the media. State censorship is the norm, and Chinese people have come to accept that. Even so, Chinese Netizens regard the internet as a better reflection of reality than traditional media. Through their personal blogs, they are able to express…Full Article China Blog Blotter – Issue #3 Freedom of Speech on the Internet
No one in China more exposed to Tibet independence campaigns than the country’s Netizens. No matter how intensely the Chinese government would like to block such websites, these “Free Tibet” pitches somehow see through the cracks of the Great Firewall. But prompted by national education campaigns regarding the Tibetan independence…Full Article China Blog Blotter – Issue #2: What They Are Saying About Tibet
“The Middle Kingdom,” as China refers to itself, does not hesitate to smile inwardly at its continuous rise. For many, this rise is a symbol of its own manifest destiny to return to it’s former glory and be deserving of its proper title of “Middle Kingdom.” Although the world is…Full Article China Blog Blotter – Issue #1: Humility Spotted on the Rise of China