Opinion Posts

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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Chinese girls selecting life partners: what do they really want?

| September 20th, 2014
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We can all dream about finding our perfect life partner—and Chinese girls are no exception.

In these modern times of “instant everything” courtesy of the internet, a variety of social media such as WeiBo or Twitter, plus various communication apps such as Line or WhatsApp, Chinese girls are faced with far greater choices than ever before about a prospective boyfriend or husband.

So much more information is immediately available about a prospective partner these days: for example, you can check out his [...]Read more…

Family planning or math game, the review of China’s new relax policy

| September 15th, 2014
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Family Planning poster in China during 1960s-1970s, courtesy of National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland

To increase the falling fertility rate in China, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has eased the one-child policy conditionally in 2013, namely the relaxed policy which means a couple could generally only have a second child if either parent is an only child. According to the national health and family planning commission, the new policy occurring with the population growth rate will be limited and [...]Read more…

Amazon VS. Alibaba: The showdown

| August 28th, 2014
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From SmartIntern:

With China’s Alibaba on the verge of what will likely be the biggest IPO in history, we decided to compare some of their numbers with American E-commerce giant Amazon. Following are the surprising results (hint: Alibaba is MUCH more impressive than you think)…

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Seeing it For Yourself: Pursuing an Educational Experience in China

| August 20th, 2014
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When we read about dogs being beaten to death by health officials or women being forced to have abortions in China, how can we put these shocking stories in perspective? The same way we do it when we read about things like protests and politician sex scandals at home: by comparing those news stories to our usually much more mundane personal experiences. Those things make the news because they are unusual. When we read about China from thousands of miles [...]Read more…

Offshore bank accounts in China

| July 17th, 2014
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Offshore bank accounts in China provide you with a number of different benefits. Nowadays, more and more people are beginning to realize that opening offshore bank accounts in China is becoming a more and more viable option. People are becoming more aware of how the government siphons their money off from their bank accounts. Don’t pay your money, and the government will take it from you! And now, the new generation has become more receptive to this problem. That is [...]Read more…

China auto sales steadily rising

| April 28th, 2014
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Vehicle sales in China may increase by 10 percent this year. General Motors, the second-largest automaker in China, is planning to launch 19 new vehicles, as the company looks to use profit from North America to offset costs overseas.

China had a strong 2013 with growth in automobile sales. Despite an economic decline, people continued to buy more cars. The consumption of steel also went up. Since steel is one of the most critical contributions for automobile manufacturing, demand for [...]Read more…

Ignore the Asians: Bloggers laugh off #CancelColbert Twitter campaign

| April 3rd, 2014
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It seemed like any other day in the world of Twitter. A comedian made a racially tinged joke that offended someone, and they responded with a campaign for the comedian’s firing.

#CancelColbert may have been stupid. But it was no stupider than any other Twitter campaign.

But this one ended somewhat differently. Instead of advertisers jumping ship and the comedian issuing a half-hearted apology, the responses were mostly to dismiss the Korean-American activist Suey Park and her campaign to “#CancelColbert.” Stupid Asians [...]Read more…

Expats: It’s your own fault if you don’t integrate

| March 6th, 2014
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“Why do so many foreigners still insist upon living in a land where, at this point in history, integration is impossible?” Kevin McGeary writes in a post at The Nanfang.

A common sight in Chinese bars.

I am reading his post while I sit in a coffee shop after getting back from seeing the plum blossoms at Zijin Mountain with two Chinese college students I met yesterday at Xuanwu Lake (see post: Plum Blossom Festival photos). I met the two students [...]Read more…

Gun control works in China

| March 4th, 2014
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In the wake of a massive knife attack at the Kunming Railway Station, Chinese netizens have praised China’s gun control measures on Weibo.

“The only thing I can rejoice in is China’s gun ban,” International Business Times quotes one user. “It is difficult to imagine the amount of innocent lives that could have been taken otherwise.”

American gun rights supporters, on the other hand, have mocked the attack as an example of the failure of gun control. “Another win for gun control,” [...]Read more…

The 3 worst attacks on foreign journalists in China in 2013

| February 23rd, 2014
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Being a foreign correspondent in China is tough.

In 2013, the Foreign Correspondents Club of China reported five major attacks against foreign journalists in the Middle Kingdom. Tibet, Xinjiang and social issues such as the HIV blood harvesting scandal, government dissidents or the Falun Gong movement are the most sensitive topics, according to the FCCC, although recently reportage on land disputes has been sensitive as well.

After analyzing the organization’s 2013 incident reports, below are the three worst things that [...]Read more…

Spring Festival fireworks celebrations should continue

| February 2nd, 2014
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Lantern Festival 2011 was the day I arrived in China for the first time. I was dazzled that night, by the fireworks and firecrackers exploding in every alleyway as I walked down the streets of Nanjing, a study abroad student fresh off the plane.

So it is with disappointment that I read that Shanghai and other cities might ban the use of fireworks this Spring Festival if the air quality is too poor.

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#ChinaEd a Global Education Hot Spot

| June 17th, 2013
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In the past decade, China has been the driver of international student growth for much of the world. The most popular destination for Chinese students has been the United States. The US is, in fact, the leading destination for all foreign student intake worldwide.

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Has China exaggerated the “Leftover Women” problem?

| June 13th, 2013
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“My uncle tells me I’m the ‘monkey king of leftover women’,” confided Ms. Ma. An attractive technology manager with chunky turquoise jewelry, a pixie haircut, and an American graduate degree, Ms. Ma was chatting with me about dating in one of Shenzhen’s juice bars. “It’s a way of saying that I’m super-extra leftover,” she qualified with a chuckle. The ‘Monkey King’ is a superhuman monk-character in a legendary in Chinese fable, but the expression can also mean the “top” or [...]Read more…