Remember last month when Harry Potter star Emma Watson who, as a UN Goodwill Ambassador, started to leave free copies of Mom & Me & Mom at different locations on the London underground? Shortly after the news broke, this sort of book-on-metro practice has become a fad in China with campaigns of a similar fashion … More What happened when people in China tried to replicate Emma Watson hiding free books on public transit?
Taiwan Democratic Progressive Party leader Tsai Ing-wen called US president-elect Donald Trump last Friday The protocol-bending phone call between US president-elect Donald Trump and Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen on last Friday has caught the two powers across the Pacific off guard and put Sino-US relation experts on edge. While Beijing’s response appears to be fairly … More How has China reacted to the Trump-Tsai phone call?
A Chinese father recently has raised nearly 2.7 million RMB (about 0.31 million GBP) through an online appeal on WeChat, China’s most popular social media platform, for his daughter who is suffering from leukemia. On Wednesday this week, however, the campaign was caught up in bitter controversy as people started to question the father’s financial … More [SOCIETY] Donations for a leukemia-stricken child to be returned after the father’s too successful charitable crowdfunding
People downloading the Alipay app Alipay, one of China’s best-known digital payment apps owned by Ant Financial Services Group, the financial affiliate of China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba, recently rolled out its social networking platform in an ambitious attempt to take on the country’s leading social app, WeChat. However, something went terribly wrong: the platform was … More Alipay’s new feature turned itself into a hookup app: How could Alipay have been this stupid?
“Everyone is moving forward, we can’t stand still,” Ms. Xie from Zhejiang, East China said. Like other “Tiger Mothers” who swear by the “never-lose-at-the-starting-line” theory, stay-at-home mom Ms. Xie spends about 20000RMB each semester on private tutorials and extracurricular classes for her seven-year-old son Chengcheng. The recent years in China have witnessed an incongruous course … More [SOCIETY] Chinese Tiger Mom spends 20000RMB on first-grade’s extracurricular activities
Brexit, Donald Trump elected as US President, fake news running wild on social media… It seems that the year 2016 is destined to be a culmination of decidedly volatile situations. While many observers are deeply concerned that the world is now living under a cloud of post-truth politics, in China, contrastingly, there emerges an oddly … More Why China may become the winner of everything?
[Excerpt from my dissertation Hong Kong New Nostalgia Cinema: Reconstructing Local Subjectivity in the Cinematic Nostalgic Space.] Nostalgia has long been entwined with the nationalist and patriotic sentiments at the rudimentary stage. The word itself (from Greek nóstos “return home” and álgos “pain”), originated in the 17th century as a pathological entity denoting an acute homesickness, and … More Why nostalgia matters in our age: theorising nostalgia
Students holding “Thank You” signs in different languages in Zhengzhou, Central China. In recent decades, while western festivals such as Valentine’s Day, Halloween and Christmas have been widely celebrated among young Chinese; Thanksgiving Day, a festival originated in North America seems to have received the cold shoulder. In contrast, Black Friday unsurprisingly has attracted growing … More [CULTURE] Does China celebrate Thanksgiving?
President-elect Donald Trumps says the US will quit TPP in a video message US President-elect Donald Trump announces on his first day in the White House that the US will quit the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, a 12-nation trade agreement that his predecessor strived to conclude after 7 years of tough negotiation. “What is … More [POLITICS] How has China reacted to US pulling out of TPP?