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China Media analysis

| September 23rd, 2014
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1. Introduction

This analysis describes Chinas media system and should give insight in the media situation in China, it includes the historical development of the media system, a DESTEP analysis, a description of the mass media infrastructure and environment, legal framework and in general about the media freedom in China.

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From amputee to swimming champion, girl proves herself more than able

| September 5th, 2014
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In 2000, 4-year-old girl Qian Hongyan lost her legs in a tragic car accident, her family were afraid that the amputation might also take away her upbeat spirits and optimism. But young Qian Hongyan decided that this is just another way to roll. So Qian’s grandpa cut open a basketball to secure her upper body, and made her pairs of wooden handle. Just like that, Qian Hongyan started to walk with the handles and move around on the basketball. […]Read more…

How many Chinese are going abroad and why

| August 28th, 2014
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(Translated from Sohu.com)

Among the Chinese who go to foreign countries, some are for the shopping spree, some for traveling, some for study, and some are for immigration. Getting out of the country gate is nothing new for today’s Chinese anymore. There are 3 main purposes for them to leave the country, for good.
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Anhui police officer dismissed after refusing to drive dying boy to hospital

| July 7th, 2014
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image courtesy of people’s daily

After a police officer refused to drive a one-year-old to the hospital, the Anhui boy died due to lack of medical treatment on June 30, according to People’s Daily.

Wenfang was playing in the street about noon when he was struck by a car in Fuyang City, located in Anhui province. The responsible car quickly drove away, and the boy’s father rushed to the middle of the street, cradling the seriously injured one-year-old in his arms. Onlookers, […]Read more…

China admits environmental future “not optimistic”

| June 16th, 2014
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In honor of World Environmental Day, China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection recently released its “2013 China Environmental Status” report, a profile of the water and ambient air quality index (AQI) of 74 “key” Chinese cities during 2013. Surveyors reported 35.9 smoggy days on average during 2013, an increase of 18.3 days from 2012. Haikou, Zhoushan and Lhasa were the only cities that’s average AQI met national standards during 2013, while Beijing, neighboring Tianjin and other cities […]Read more…

Terrorists kill 29, injure 143 in Kunming attack, Arrested suspect considered “key evidence,” and more updates from Weibo

| March 1st, 2014
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Late last night (China time), a team of eight* (updated) knife-wielding terrorists attacked the Kunming Train Station, in the capital of Yunnan, killing 29 and injuring 130 (143, as of March 3). Four of the attackers were shot and killed at the scene and another was injured and arrested. Five were reportedly on the loose at the time of the original posting, although as of March 4, it has been reported that there were eight attackers and all have been […]Read more…

Qingyuan: Where your electronics goes when you throw it away

| February 24th, 2014
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The computer you’re using now was likely put together in a factory in Guangdong, and it will likely end up there when you throw it out. Not just computers, almost everything with valuable metals inside it gets exported to China: video game consoles, lighting components, transformers, hardware, and more.

Up to 80 percent of American electronics waste, and, as of 2005, 47 percent of European waste, is exported to developing countries. China is the leading importer of this trash. In 2008, […]Read more…

Man jumps into tiger cage at Chengdu Zoo to feed tigers rice

| February 17th, 2014
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A man in Chengdu learned the hard way why you aren’t supposed to feed the tigers at the zoo.

The 26-year-old man named Yang Jinhai jumped into the tiger cage at the Chengdu Zoo with a backpack full of rice. The tigers weren’t interested in the rice, but a tiger did bite the man. He was rescued by over 50 zoo employees before he suffered any serious injuries.

Chengdu Business Daily has the story:

Yesterday, at the Chengdu Zoo, a man entered […]Read more…

Beijing issues blue warning for pollution after Lantern Festival fireworks, 32 other cities experienced heavy pollution

| February 16th, 2014
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The fireworks of Lantern Festival have wreaked havoc on the air quality of northern China. PM2.5 levels in Beijing rose to 501 micrograms per cubic meter at 11 pm on Lantern Festival, according to the Ministry of Environmental Protection, and Beijing issued a blue warning. Additionally, 33 other cities, many in the surrounding area, experienced heavy levels of pollution.

Lantern Festival is the last day of the Spring Festival celebration period, and people go crazy launching the last of the fireworks […]Read more…

“Father, I was arrested in Dongguan!” — Scammers using Dongguan prostitution sting to steal money

| February 13th, 2014
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Scammers are being quick to capitalize on the publicity of the huge prostitution raid in Dongguan, Guangdong on February 9. Messages are spreading from people claiming to be sons who were been arrested in the city and need money to get released. To those Chinese fathers out there who might have received such a message, you can relax: It’s (probably) not true.

Chinese Securities Net reported:

After the police launched a massive “eliminate yellow” raid on the sex industry of Dongguan, a […]Read more…

China’s Most Polluted Cities of 2013

| February 13th, 2014
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Greenpeace China released the summary of its 2013 survey of Chinese air quality, and the results are clear: The air isn’t.

Of the 74 cities in the report, none of them met the World Health Organization’s recommendations for particulate matter of 2.5 micrometers or less (PM2.5). Only five met the Chinese government’s less stringent standards for PM2.5 levels. In 2012, the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection established an annual standard of 35 micrograms per cubic meter for PM2.5. The WHO recommends […]Read more…

China’s "Naked Marriage" prove not all brides demand premarital payout

| May 17th, 2013
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Popular Chinese TV series ‘Naked Wedding’ (literally ‘Naked Marriage Era’) explores the rising ‘naked marriage’ trend in China.

Media stories about Chinese marriage trends read like an endless refrain on the subject of materialism. In last few years, reports by NPR, the Telegraph, the National, and the New York Times have focused on the enormous financial transactions that precede the nuptials of China’s younger, materialistic generation and keep its poor men single. Tales of staggering dowries and “bride prices” depict couples […]Read more…

Liu Bolin, the invisible man

| May 14th, 2013
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From Crane.tv: The Chinese artist whose ability to blend into the background has become a powerful mode of social commentary.

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Absurd racism claim and attacks on Chinese culture

| February 21st, 2013
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This year’s Sports Illustrated swimsuit was photographed internationally in eight locals and included local flavor of each local. As such, it has been accused of racism by some notable bloggers, and the story has spread into mainstream media outlets.

The claims of racism go to such absurd lengths as to actually denigrate minority culture in China. Jessica Gomes was photographed standing with some members of a minority ethnic group in Guilin wearing traditional attire. Anne V was photographed on a raft […]Read more…