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June 08, 2013

Chinese Microblogs

Blogging has taken off in China, and has had a major impact on every aspect of society. This entry considers the likely long-term effects of Weibo, the most popular micro-blogging site in China today.

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June 09, 2013

Loneliness

Blogger Zhou Guoping reflects on the experience and the possible redemptive power of loneliness.

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June 10, 2013

The Internet and Social Change

The internet is huge in China and, according to this thoughtful post by blogger Ding Dong, it's having major transformative effects on every aspect of Chinese society. In US newspapers, we read frequently of internet censorship and the clever use of web satire as a form of political protest. According to this essay, these stories mask the deeper role online forums are playing in the development of a robust democratic political culture on the mainland.

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June 19, 2013

The Allure of the Older Man

According to recent surveys, large percentage of young Chinese women favor men at least ten years older than themselves. Is this the result of simple pragmatism or a reversion to traditional norms? This blog entry by Li Yinhe grapples with the implications of the "uncle complex" in today's China.

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June 22, 2013

The "Extra Points" Policy on Chinese Exams

A lot is at stake in the year-end exams in China each June. That's why government policy allocates extra points on the exam to certain groups, and why some critics, like blogger Xin Li, consider such a policy, at least in its current implementation, deeply unjust.

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June 23, 2013

Luxury Cars and the Need for "Face"

Cars are the most conspicuous luxury goods in today's China, where their purchase is regarded as a crucial way of maintaining face among one's peers. Shi Yuzhi explores some of the consequences of the recent explosion in car ownership.
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