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Are People Overpowering the Government in China?

July 26, 2012

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The Beijing municipal government updated the flood death toll to 77 a couple of hours ago. This was on the evening of July 26, Beijing time. This update was announced via the municipal government’s official weibo account (ZH) and was published on People’s Daily‘s website (ZH). No one knows whether the City would have made this move if there were […]

Flood on Weibo Still Going Strong

July 25, 2012

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An old Chinese saying goes, “To muzzle people’s mouths is more dangerous than to block the course of a river.” It is a piece of advice for the emperors of China — to suppress criticism from the masses is futile and will lead to disastrous consequences. If the ancient wisdom still holds true today, those […]

AP’s Report Inaccurate; Chinese Microblogging Sites Very Much Alive after Crackdown (with updates)

March 31, 2012

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This morning, Chinese government’s cracking down on websites and arresting six netizens for spreading the rumor of a military coup in Beijing became a headlining story in many major Chinese and international media. AP and The Washington Post both reported that two microblogging websites Sina Weibo and TencentWeibo were “punished” and comments have been temporarily […]

Identity Verification on Weibo: The Beginning of the End of (Relative Yet Still Lovely) Free Speech?

December 16, 2011

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Finally, it happened. Let me first backtrack a little bit. Despite the occasional blocking of sensitive terms and topics (read examples here and here), the Chinese government had been quite lenient with microblogging, or weibo, according to the “Chinese standards” of course. People actually can get information and talk about things on weibo sites the […]

Holy Goddesses of China Trampling Men, and Singing Too

May 12, 2011

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The term shengnu has been around for a while. It first appeared online and was listed as one of the 171 new words of 2007 by the Ministry of Education in China. Literally, shengnu means “leftover woman,” but, as a wordplay, it also sounds like “holy goddess.” This term is used by Chinese to refer to single women […]