A digest of online China – June 19-25

This weekly column offers a digest of the latest pieces from the Chinese blogosphere published on our website and most recently completed translations of new Chinese writing.


New texts published

Wu Xia: if you do nothing, what right do you have to complain? – Bottle Dream

Bottle Dream is a Guangzhou based organisation that promotes the work of young Chinese change-makers. This piece, introduces Wu Xia co-founded a Chinese NGO offering alternative education, that proposes to develop soft skills and emotional intelligence.

 The build-up of Hong Kong Identity – Charlie 13

This piece by a Hong Kong blogger takes a historical look at the development of the city and its special cultural and cultural characteristics – challenging a few myths along the way.

Populism – Yu Ge

A regular blogger from the ‘Consensus Network’ explores the concept of populism, in a Chinese and international perspective.

Pregnant Ghost – Wang Youmei / Yisha

For a year, poet Yisha collected poem from online forums around China, and circulated them, one a day, on his micro-blogging account, as part of a project called ‘Poems for the new century’. Pregnant ghost describes the spooky encounter with a pregnant woman at a tombstone. 

Is that how it is? – Zhang Jiajia

Zhang Jiajia became a literary sensation in China after circulating bedtimes love stories on his weibo account – readers from the post-80s generation found echoes to their own lives in the patterns of emotions that he paints in these moving, often melancholy short pieces. “Is that how it is?” tells the story of a break up among former high school lovers – an unwanted pregnancy, and a failed marriage.

News translations completed

Kenny Choi, founder of Bottle Dream and Guangzhou’s first co-working community ‘Yi-gather’ shares his social entrepreneurship journey in ‘Why did I open a co-working space?’ 

Each year for Spring festival, crowds fight for limited tickets. In ‘It’s hard to get a ticket, so when will it get better? , economic and financial commentator Feng Qingyan takes a look at this complex phenomenon from multiple angles – infrastructure, policy, service-design, and the frustrations of everyday people.

Li Yinhe, sociologist and specialist of gender issues, shares regular posts on her blog about more psychological and philosophical topics – such at the importance of ‘Passion for those willing to lead a satisfying life.

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