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Spring Festival Rush, Online and Off

Posted January 22nd, 2012 at 9:45 pm (UTC+0)

The Spring Festival (春节) is very near -this year New Year’s eve (除夕) falls on January 22. Many netizens, like the rest of the nation, are traveling back for the holidays. At this time, not only do the country’s offices and shops shut down, but migrant workers and ordinary people working in the cities are […]

Foxconn Suicide Threats Stir Debate

Posted January 16th, 2012 at 9:06 am (UTC+0)
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This month, the Taiwanese-owned manufacturing factory Foxconn (富士康) was in the news again. At one of the company’s factories in Wuhan, more than  100 workers amassed on the roof and threatened suicide to protest poor working conditions. The corporation, responsible for manufacturing popular products such as the Apple (苹果) iPhone and the Amazon Kindle,  saw […]

Superheroes Spotted in Beijing

Posted January 12th, 2012 at 12:46 am (UTC+0)
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Masks and costumes are usually reserved for the movies or parties. but recently, two “superheros” have taken to the streets of the Beijing to donate to the poor. One superhero is a woman, going by the name of Chinese Redbud Woman (北京紫荆侠), was inspired by a Hong Kong version. She wears revealing tight clothes and […]

Chinese Official: Pop-up Ads Necessary for the Internet

Posted January 8th, 2012 at 11:30 pm (UTC+0)

Even though new Chinese rules for internet companies were just released, one major item was missing for many. Pop-up ads were not banned. The reason? China’s internet services are based on free ads, said Li Guobin, an industry inspector for Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (工业和信息化部). Jean Chen, who is a consultant for, […]

Kim Jong Il Death Still Echoing Online

Posted January 1st, 2012 at 9:46 pm (UTC+0)

The death of Kim Jong Il (金正日) on December 17 caused a stir in the Chinese blogosphere and many comparisons to China in the 70s. But there were also a lot of people unconcerned about his fate, and its relation to the Chinese people. Zheng Jianwei (郑建伟), a human rights lawyer, microblogged in response to […]

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