Category Archives: China News

The Shanghai Stampede and the Blame Game

January 6, 2015

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 […]

Asian Kids Are Great Students, But Then What?

October 9, 2014

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. […]

Stop Saying It’s a 7-day Holiday!

September 30, 2014

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 […]

Anti-Vaxxers, Please Stay Out of China

September 28, 2014

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 […]

Having Apparently Sacked Its Editorial Staff, BBC Proceeds to Run China Story About Opium

September 24, 2014

All I can say is that this is unfortunate. The underlying story is innocuous, regarding a noodle shop cooking with poppy seeds. But we get the following headline from the freakin’ British news agency BBC: China: Restaurant ‘sold opium-laced noodles’ The irony would be bad enough if the story was completely accurate, but as I […]

Crazy China Anti-pollution Tech

September 15, 2014

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 […]

Majority In China Expect War With Japan

September 11, 2014

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 […]

Spyplane vs. Spyplane: Update

September 9, 2014

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 […]

China’s Education Gap

September 6, 2014

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 […]

The Upside of China’s Car Culture

September 5, 2014

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 […]

Paying With Your Face

September 1, 2014

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 […]

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 […]