A Capital Idea

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After heading southwest from Beijing for two and half hours on a highway, a traveler might decide to stretch her legs at Baoding, a medium-sized city of under two million people. She would almost certainly not think …

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Of Roses and Rice Balls

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Due to a coincidence of the lunar and solar calendars, Lantern Festival, the last day of China’s 15-day-long Lunar New Year celebration, fell on Feb. 14th – Valentine’s Day. One user of Sina Weibo, China’s Twitter, joked he would mediate the …

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Why It’s Dangerous to Say ‘We Are All Chinese’

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When 34-year-old Hong Kong singer and actress Ella Koon penned a column for the respected local paper Ming Pao on Jan. 24 entitled “Kick Out Hatred and Discrimination,” she was trying to beseech her fellow Hong Kong residents to be more …

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Why China’s Li Na Won’t Thank Her Homeland

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After winning the Australian Open on Jan. 25, Li Na set off a media blitz in her native China, where the 31-year-old tennis star made the front page of most major papers. Much discussion surrounded Li’s post-victory speech, where she once …

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Blame It on the Booze

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A 19-year-old woman in Shangli, a small county in southeastern China’s Jiangxi province, died on Jan. 2 after being gang raped by five men. While the suspects were quickly apprehended and later confessed to the crime, the …

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