Category Archives: China News

Kunming and the Terrorism Scare Quotes Debate

March 4, 2014

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 [...]

The Mississippification of China. Not on My Watch.

November 27, 2013

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 [...]

China Blog Funk-O-Rama

August 1, 2013

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 [...]

The Chindia Post that Wasn’t

May 25, 2013

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 [...]

Expat Exodus: Emigration Me-Too-ism

March 30, 2013

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. [...]

Fan Bingbing, Token Chinaman

March 30, 2013

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 [...]

Popular Topic: Beijing Pollution

March 8, 2013

On my infrequent trips to the U.S., I enjoy listening to folks talk about China. The fun is twofold: hearing the misconceptions and finding out what China issue has risen to a level where your average American is aware of it. To determine what China issue is making the rounds usually requires several days, at [...]

Wakey Wakey, Year of the Snakey

February 15, 2013

Yes, I managed to snooze all the way through the Spring Festival holiday, although, to be fair to myself, it was mostly an involuntary situation brought about by controlled substances influenza and air pollution. A decidedly nasty business, I can assure you. While I was “away,” what happened in Beijing? Very little, as is usually [...]

Note to Self

February 7, 2013

If I had a blackboard, I would write the following one hundred times as penance: I will not tempt fate by making fun of Beijing’s air pollution and anyone suffering from a related upper-respiratory condition. I somehow angered the Gods of Irony last weekend. I wrote about Beijing’s “Airpocalypse” several times, then thought it would [...]

Nostalgic for Chinese High Culture

January 21, 2013

We’re sliding into the Spring Festival holiday here, the year’s high point, one could say, of Chinese culture around the world. In addition to all the usual holiday celebrations, it also affords us the opportunity to navel gaze about cultural traditions or, depending on who you are, bitch and moan about the sorry state of [...]

Airpocalypse Now: I Love the Smell of Emphysema in the Morning

January 14, 2013

So yeah, we’ve been having a bit of bother here in Beijing with our air. Not exactly a new development, although this particular episode is rather alarming when you look at the numbers. If you’ve seen the press coverage, you’re probably aware that the tracking system the municipal government here uses to measure air quality [...]

China Daily States the Obvious: Don’t Drink the Water in Beijing

January 9, 2013

China Daily tells us that perhaps we shouldn’t drink tap water in Beijing. {Gasp!} I guess it’s better than not that this sort of “news” gets in the paper. In the old days, we wouldn’t have seen this kind of negative coverage of public services at all. On the other hand, I don’t know anyone [...]

Mike Daisey’s New China Labor Camp Monologue: A Preview

December 31, 2012

If you are convinced that China is some sort of neo-Orwellian, yellow peril shithole run by the Red Guard and their princeling overlords whose economy is driven by slave labor and black market kidneys, then you’re probably susceptible to all kinds of weak-ass propaganda about the Middle Kingdom. So no surprise when an obvious hoax [...]

Guangzhou Reforms Public Kindergarten Admission

December 28, 2012

The children of government workers and employees of public institutions in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province will no longer be given priority admission to publicly-funded kindergartens, Wang Dong, deputy mayor of Guangzhou said at a press meeting on Wednesday. (Global Times) The nexus of public sector, privilege, the income gap and education in China is fascinating, as [...]

China’s Latest School Killing. This One’s Grisly.

December 20, 2012

Kind of a good news/bad news thing. On the plus side, there was only one fatality here, and no firearms were involved. The downside? Check out the gruesome details: A student in east China’s Anhui Province was axed to death in a university library on Thursday morning, local authorities said. The victim, surnamed Tan, 23, [...]

U.S.-China Comparative Carnage Part II: the Doomsday Dimwits

December 18, 2012

It’s hard to believe, but apparently fears of imminent societal collapse may have influenced the nutjobs that perpetrated both the Newtown, Connecticut gun-o-rama as well as the slashing spree in Henan. No, really. Well, actually we still do not know a lot of the details about the folks responsible for these tragedies. However, the mother [...]

Smoking Opium in China: Apparently Still Frowned Upon

December 16, 2012

A senior Chinese official has gone on trial for corruption after being accused of illegally amassing an international property empire and smoking opium to keep up with late-night barbecue parties. (Telegraph) Just a brief comment. I thought we had left all that nasty opium smoking in the distant past, but apparently not. Let’s hope that [...]

Another Slasher Runs Amok in China School

December 14, 2012

Yeah, stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Twenty-two school children and a villager were injured in a knife attack at the gate of a primary school in Central China’s Henan province Friday morning, according to local authorities. Local police said they had seized the suspect, a 36-year-old villager named Min Yingjun. The attack [...]