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“The January 13, 1967 issue of TIME magazine featured Mao Zedong…



“The January 13, 1967 issue of TIME magazine featured Mao Zedong on its cover with the headline ‘China in Chaos.’ Fifty years later, TIME made U.S. President-elect Donald Trump its Man of The Year. With a groundswell of mass support, both men rebelled against the established order in their respective countries and set about throwing the world into confusion. Both share an autocratic mind set, Mao Zedong as Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party, Donald Trump as Chairman of the Board. As Jiaying Fan noted in May 2016, both also share a taste for ‘polemical excess and xenophobic paranoia.’ For his part, Mao’s rebellion led to national catastrophe and untold human misery.”

For more, see Geremie R. Barme, “The Chairmen, Trump and Mao,” ChinaFile (23 January 2017)

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“Hong Kong opposition lawmakers protested on Sunday outside…



“Hong Kong opposition lawmakers protested on Sunday outside Beijing’s representative office in the Chinese-ruled city over the disappearance of a bookseller who specializes in publications critical of the Communist Party government. Lee Bo, 65, a major shareholder of Causeway Bay Books, ‘vanished’ on Wednesday after he went to fetch books from his warehouse in the city, Lee’s wife told Hong Kong media.” – Reuters (3 Jan 2016)

For further coverage, see China Digital Times: “Hong Kong Publisher Missing Possibly Detained in China

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“Five days after a devastating explosion ripped through the…



“Five days after a devastating explosion ripped through the Binhai New Area port outside the northern Chinese city of Tianjin, press control authorities are still trying to pick up the pieces. Directing and restricting coverage of a disaster of this magnitude is certainly no easy task, least of all in the age of the mobile internet. Propaganda officials in China will certainly try, however. And to varying degrees, they will succeed.

But there is good news: This time around, we can observe that more Chinese media are attempting to push back against controls — a significant contrast to the case of the Yangtze River cruise ship tragedy back in June.”

For more, see David Bandurski, “The Politics of Senseless Tragedy” (17 Aug 2015)

“ When riots broke out in the U.S. city of Baltimore in May…



“ When riots broke out in the U.S. city of Baltimore in May 2015, the reaction across the Chinese social web was sadly predictable as Internet users posted countless anti-black racist comments. However, what was interesting about their posts is how there is seemingly a growing conflation of African-Americans and African migrants in the minds of Chinese netizens. Now that China is home to tens of thousands of African immigrants, those racist comments morphed into xenophobia.”

For more see, “Chinese Racist View Towards Blacks and Africans: A China in Africa Podcast,” at ChinaFile (27 May 2015)

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“‘China has no feminists’ is an online post that ignited much…



“‘China has no feminists’ is an online post that ignited much debate on China’s social media. Since the arrest of the so-called Feminist Five, feminism and the role of women in today’s society are recurring topics on China’s social media platforms. Is there no Chinese Feminism?”

For an exploration of the question, see Manya Koetse, Is There No Chinese Feminism?” at What’s On Weibo? (19 May 2015)

“‘I am a heterosexual woman who has fallen in love…



“‘I am a heterosexual woman who has fallen in love with a transsexual person,’ wrote Professor Li…. 'I treat him as a man.’

Her announcement has both stunned and intrigued China, where there is little familiarity with transgender men. To the surprise of Professor Li and members of China’s almost invisible transgender population, the reaction has been overwhelmingly sympathetic.”

For more on sociologist Li Yinhe’s recent announcement regarding her relationship with partner Zhang Hongxia, and its reception in China, see Andrew Jacobs, “Sex Expert’s Secret Is Out, and China’s Open to It,” New York Times (6 March 2015)

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“The Australian animation studio Animal Logic is set to…



“The Australian animation studio Animal Logic is set to make a live-action superhero film, based on the popular manga character Astro Boy. The makers of past animated hits The Lego Movie and Happy Feet, have signed a deal with Japan’s Tezuka Productions.Chief executive Zareh Nalbandian said the plan was to create a ‘Marvel-style’ franchise that would be 'at the very convergence of live-action, animation and visual effects’, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.”

For more, see Monica Tan, “Astro Boy Film in the Works for Makers of the Lego Movie,” The Guardian (4 Feb 2015)

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“In other words, Tohti was actually guilty of running what…



"In other words, Tohti was actually guilty of running what readers around the world would instantly recognize as a blog. To be more precise, it was what Internet scholars like Ethan Zuckerman call a ‘bridge blog,’ one devoted, in the words of Zuckerman, to ‘building connections between people from different cultures via … online work.’”

The punishment? A sentence of life in prison.

For more on the recent story of Ilham Tohti, and its implications, see David Wertime, “An Internet Where Nobody Says Anything: Ilham Tohti’s Sentence Shows a Dark Vision for the Web of the Future,” Tea Leaf Nation / China File (25 Sept 2014)

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“After yanking four popular American TV series – The Big Bang…



"After yanking four popular American TV series – The Big Bang Theory, The Good Wife, NCIS and The Practice - from China’s video-streaming websites in April, the country is now set to put even tighter controls on foreign TV shows available on the Internet, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the new policy.”

For more on the story, see Natalie Wang, “It’s Getting a lot Harder to Stream Western TV Shows in China,” The Nanfang Insider (4 September 2014)

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