Rachel Lu


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Rachel Lu is a co-founder of Tea Leaf Nation. Rachel traces her ancestry to Southern China. She spent much of her childhood memorizing Chinese poetry. After long stints in New York, New Haven and Cambridge, she has returned to China to bear witness to its great transformation. She is currently based in China.

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‘They Are the Best Feminist Activists in China’

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On March 8, International Women’s Day, Chinese police detained five women for planning a protest against sexual harassment. With their detention now stretching into its second week, the activists have yet to be formally charged — an …

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What’s With All the Chinese Misogyny?

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The contrast, while unintentional, could not have been more obvious. The image on U.S.-based search engine Google’s front page greetingsearch engine users on March 8, International Women’s Day, was a collage honoring women astronauts, scientists, athletes, judges, …

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China’s Real Inconvenient Truth: Its Class Divide

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HONG KONG — China is talking about its pollution problem, but its equally serious class problem remains obscured behind the haze. Smog leapt to the forefront of Chinese national discourse after the Feb. 28 release of Under the Dome, a 103-minute-long documentary …

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Chinese Corruption, Now Officially Hilarous

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Corruption is finally funny — at least, according to the Chinese Communist Party. That’s because comedic performances in the upcoming Feb. 18 performance of China’s annual New Year Gala, a variety show on China Central Television …

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Coming to Chinese Headlines in 2015

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At the end of 2013, FP’s Tea Leaf Nation proffered six predictions for Chinese headlines in 2014. Four of those six came to pass: political discussions continued to retreat back into private spheres as social media was more closely watched, “townization” …

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Resistance Is Futile

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A chill has gripped Hong Kong. The Occupy Central movement, which advocated for open nomination rights in the 2017 election for chief executive, the city’s head of government, is entering its third month, and what …

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