News Editor, Beijing
Aug 20, 2018
In July, China faced one of its worst public health crises in years, as one of the largest vaccine manufacturers in the country was found to have produced more than 500,000 doses of substandard vaccines. Shortly afterwards, China’s #MeToo movement began. Ivy Yu compares the response of the Chinese public to these two scandals, touching on accountability, public opinion, and social class.
Jan 19, 2018
With Trump’s election to the presidency, his personal feud with the American media has only helped to reinforce the negative view towards the American media in Chinese society. American media outlets should come to the realization that Chinese people, the very subject of their media scrutiny, deserve to be portrayed not as imperial subjects, but as people with autonomy and initiative.
Dec 20, 2017
The dissonance between Trudeau’s progressive ideals and mainstream beliefs among the Chinese people is part of the reason why Trudeau found it hard to strike a trade deal with China during his recent state visit.
Nov 17, 2017
Trump’s habit of incessant tweeting offers the outside world a glimpse of his worldview. In the past six years, Trump sent 36,200 tweets, and 437 of them were China-related. From a New York real estate mogul, to a presidential candidate, to the leader of the most powerful country in the world – how has Trump’s view on China changed, as is revealed through his 36,200 tweets?
Oct 20, 2017
Weibo used to be the only place to find vibrant sources of debate in China. But in recent years, Weibo has become the platform of choice for nationalism, xenophobia and racism. Today, Weibo users have two labels for those they consider to be in the habit of lecturing them on “political correctness”— the “public intellectual” and the “saint bitch.” The invention of these two terms speaks volumes about the evolution of discourse on Chinese social media in recent years.