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China’s New President’s Image Management

December 12, 2012

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China’s new president, Xi Jinping, paid a visit to Shenzhen, China’s most burgeoning Southern city in Guangdong province over the weekend. This was no small tour. Xi was literally stepping in Deng Xiaoping’s footprints twenty years ago, when/where Deng delivered one of his most important speeches, three years after Tian’anmen, in which he reassured China’s […]

Anon Vs. China? Have Fun, Guys! But That’s about It

April 5, 2012

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Finally, China became the newest item on Anonymous’ list of targets. Yesterday, several Chinese government websites and more than four hundred websites were hacked by international hacktivists, announced by a new handle @AnonymousChina on twitter. Many of these websites have been restored, but a few are still down, showing error messages and a couple of […]

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 […]

Father Figure?

May 17, 2011

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I remember hearing a senior correspondent with Phoenix Television describe the moment she saw and talked to President Hu at the site of Wenchuan earthquake that she felt like seeing a “father,” assured and overwhelmed by strong feelings. I’ve never talked to a president of any sort, and don’t know how that might feel, but it’s […]

Can Mubarak Set An Example?

May 17, 2011

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As an average Jane, I find it hard to imagine what’s going on in the head of an autocrat like Mubarak. I’m almost sold that he genuinely believed and, evidently, still believes that he was the “father” of the people of Egypt, and that he has put his country and people ahead of himself. I […]

What A Beautiful Jasmine Flower

May 13, 2011

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I heard on PRI this morning that the website for the Chinese Jasmine movement has been hacked and the organizers of the website are requesting Google to investigate into this matter. Media outside China also reported that the Chinese government has been monitoring carefully the sales of jasmine flowers in China (I’m not kidding you) […]