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.

Zhang Jiajia

New texts published

Innovative corruption – Yu Ge

Will the recent Chinese government crack-down on corruption achieve its full goal? In this piece, analyst Yu Ge offers a cynical-pessoptimistic perspective on the question: innovation applies to corruption as it does to business, and new models emerge as older ones are more strictle controlled.


Scapegoating profiteers – Zhang Ming

Democracy, rule of law, good governance – these concepts are key parts of contemporary debates about government in contemporary China. But what is their actual meaning? This piece proposes clear definitions, which Muran considers are a necessary starting point for any fruitful discussion.


Wish it could be like this forever Zhang Jiajia

From 2012 to 2013, Nanjing-based writer Zhang Jiajia circulated bedtime love stories on his weibo account – and attracted a hugh readership. The stories, collected and published under the title ‘I belonged to you’, reflect the romantic experience of the Chinese post-80s generation – including, like this piece, the complexities of friendship with a married couple, and the bittersweet memories of life together.


New translations

Is China’s economic growth just a function of wasted resources? The broken windows of China’s economic growth, by economist Sun Xiaoji, proposes a gloomy vision of the current Chinese economy: how much of current economic activity goes beyond sterile destruction and reconstruction, for the sake of good economic figures?

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.