Key Articles

‘Are You Happy?’ – Chinese Reflections on a State of Mind

Over the week-long 1 October National Day holiday, China Central Television (CCTV 央视) broadcast a series called ‘Happiness Survey’ 幸福调查 in which journalists carried out vox popinterviews in which they asked people whether they where happy, and what happiness meant for them. In the process they collected a range of candid and eccentric responses. The … more

‘Consensus’ (21ccom.net) on Patriotism and Japan

21ccom.net 共识网, literally ‘Consensus Net’, is a news and commentary portal that aggregates content from a wide range of other sites, and also features original contributions from commentators and public intellectuals. The website is connected to Leaders 领导者, a bimonthly Hong Kong-based magazine founded in 2004 and devoted to ‘influencing the most influential decision makers’. Magazine president Zhou … more

Ye Shiwen 叶诗文 and Olympic Politics

The astonishing performance of Ye Shiwen 叶诗文 (dubbed the ‘Mandarin Mermaid’ by the British press) in the Women’s 400m Individual Medley at the London Olympics drew doping allegations from some quarters, including some fairly high-placed sports officials. John Leonard, an American and the director of the World Swimming Coaches Association, all but accused Ye of … more

1510 on Bringing up Children

1510 (Yiwu yishi 一五一十) is a Chinese idiom which means ‘to tell things objectively and honestly’. My1510.cn is a website founded by Phoenix TV journalist Rose Luqiu Luwei in 2007 that brings together essays by a range of Chinese writers. Below is a summary of several recent articles on 1510 about children. From ‘tiger mums’ to … more

Views on the Shifang 什邡 Protests

Plans to build a molybdenum-copper alloy plant in Shifang, Sichuan province, drew large-scale protests from concerned citizens on 2 July, and culminated in a face-off with riot police armed with tear gas. The local authorities’ tough response to the demonstrations was widely criticized on China’s microblogs, where users passed around photos of heavily-armed police clashing … more

1510 on the Beijing Flood of 2012

’1510′ (yi wu yi shi 一五一十) is a Chinese idiom which means ‘to tell things objectively and honestly’. My1510.cn is a website founded by Phoenix TV journalist Rose Luqiu Luwei in 2007 that brings together essays by a range of Chinese writers. After the recent floods in Beijing, 1510 opened a special section to cover … more