Category Archives: China News

The Shanghai Stampede and the Blame Game

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The Chinese university department that attracted attention last month for banning Christmas apparently believes its decision was vindicated by the New Year’s Eve stampede in Shanghai that left three dozen dead, many of them students. In statement dated Jan. 2nd and published on the website of Modern College of Northwest University in Xi’an, representatives of…

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Obsolete Topic: Which Language Will Dominate the 21st Century?

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Despite the technological advances attributable to China and Russia, English is still the de facto language of science and business. As far back as 2008, Research Trends magazine noted that English is the first language of about 400 million people in 53 countries, and the second language of as many as 1.4 billion more. English,…

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Beijing Whiteout – View From My Window This Morning

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Interesting morning. My wife woke me up an hour early and pointed out the window, showing me that the world had gone away completely in a Stephen King-ish “atmospheric event.” As you can see in the pic, we couldn’t even see the ground (we live on the 17th floor). But no worries. By the time…

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Asian Kids Are Great Students, But Then What?

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A new study has cast doubt on the current enthusiasm in the west for copying teaching methods in China and South Korea, where children score highly in international tests, suggesting that cultural factors beyond school also play a part in their success. via ‘Culture, not just curriculum’, determines east Asian school success | The Guardian.…

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Stop Saying It’s a 7-day Holiday!

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You’ve heard me complain about China’s holiday schedule before. We all do it, at least twice a year, but it does bear repeating. Why? Two reasons: 1) anything that is misleading or incorrect should be fixed; and 2) it pisses me off that my colleagues in other countries think I am getting seven additional days…

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Anti-Vaxxers, Please Stay Out of China

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China has one of the most vaccination compliant populations in the world. In fact, measles vaccination is mandatory. So why has China had over 700 measles outbreaks between 2009 and 2012 alone? The obvious answer is that the measles vaccines are simply not effective. via Why is China Having Measles Outbreaks When 99% are Vaccinated? | Wake Up…

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Crazy China Anti-pollution Tech

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Um, OK. I guess when things get really bad, policymakers get desperate. You’d think maybe that desperation would fuel more obvious reforms, like mandating cleaner gasoline or more fuel efficient cars, limiting urban growth or getting serious about carbon. But I can see how magic vacuum cleaners in the sky would be more attractive. The…

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Majority In China Expect War With Japan

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Did anyone else find this really depressing, or was it just me? The Genron/China Daily survey found that 53 per cent of Chinese respondents – and 29 per cent of the Japanese polled – expect their nations to go to war. The poll was released ahead of the second anniversary of Japan’s move to nationalise…

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Spyplane vs. Spyplane: Update

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If you liked my critique of Chen Dingding’s Op/Ed about the U.S. spy plane incident but thought that I did a lazy, crappy job of it, I have two comments. First, yeah, it was written just as poorly as everything else on this blog, churned out at night or during my lunch hour in a…

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China’s Education Gap

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Every September, the campuses of Peking and Tsinghua Universities, often called the Harvard and M.I.T. of China, brim with eager new students, the winners of China’s cutthroat education system. These young men and women possess the outlook of cosmopolitan youth worldwide: sporting designer clothes and wielding high-end smartphones, they share experiences of foreign travel and…

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The Upside of China’s Car Culture

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Twenty years ago urban streets were jammed not with cars but bicycles. Bike jams were a common site. Pedestrians and cycles often became embroiled in a tangles of wheels, clothes and other paraphernalia. The difference now that cars have largely replaced bikes is that it’s rather easier to kill someone. via Traffic accidents: How the Chinese cross…

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Paying With Your Face

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Prediction: within a year after this “much-needed” innovation, some company out there will start allowing folks to make payments with their wiggly bits. You heard it here first. Making payments with your face alone may be possible in China by 2015, Chongqing Morning News reported. Chongqing Institute of Green and Intelligent Technology revealed on Wednesday…

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China Says SAT Imposes American Values on PRC Students

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OK, that headline sounds utterly stupid, but hang on. The issue here is all about a change in the SAT that will take effect in a couple of years. Not really all that controversial, it is basically just an expansion to include a section on essay writing. They give you a few document excerpts, you…

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Kunming and the Terrorism Scare Quotes Debate

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Chinese internet users on Monday accused the United States of double standards after Washington condemned a deadly knife attack in southwest China but refrained from calling it a terrorist incident. (SCMP) The China Hearsay verdict is . . . guilty! Lots of double-standarding going on with this one, but it says a lot more about…

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The Mississippification of China. Not on My Watch.

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Longtime followers of China Hearsay will not be surprised to see that the topic forcing me off the proverbial blogging sidelines is religion, the question being whether China should use the “beneficial” aspects of organized religion to promote social harmony. This of course made my head explode and drove me to the keyboard. To be…

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China Blog Funk-O-Rama

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A strange funk seems to have descended on the English-language China Blogosphere, or at least those blogs that I usually follow (i.e., the ones focusing more on news, business, politics, economics and law). Maybe it’s something to do with the air quality here in Beijing, which is no doubt simultaneously making us lethargic, asthmatic, and…

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The Chindia Post that Wasn’t

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China’s relationship with India has been in the news over the past few days, mostly because of the visit of Premier Li Keqiang to Delhi. Coincidentally, I am also in Delhi at the moment (been here for a week, studiously avoiding this blog thus far). I’m here negotiating the border dispute visiting some colleagues and…

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Expat Exodus: Emigration Me-Too-ism

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After the latest “Why I’m Leaving China” column came out and the usual tongues started wagging, I realized that many of these missives are simply thinly-veiled advertorials. “Hey, I’m leaving China after a bunch of years, and by the way, here’s the name of my new company and a brief bio of my past achievements.…

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Fan Bingbing, Token Chinaman

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Earlier today Marvel announced it will be releasing a Chinese version of its upcoming blockbuster, Iron Man 3, which will differ from the film that audiences outside of China see. The announcement also included the detail that Chinese actress and singer Fan Bingbing will be cut out of the non-Chinese version of the film. (The…

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