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Trends in Courtship, Marriage and Sex in Southwest China

Written by Gary Sigley. The People’s Republic of China is not only the world’s most populous country, but also one of its most ethnically and culturally diverse. The Chinese government officially recognises fifty-six different ‘nationalities’ (m

Attitudes to sex and hook-up culture in China

Written by Jue Ren. Kris Wu, a Chinese-Canadian pop star, was recently exposed by female fans who accused him of infidelity. Contrary to the scandal involving Hong Kong-Canadian pop star Edison Chen in 2008, when intimate images of Chen and his numerous partners were leaked, Wu’s female partners were responsible for going public rather than having images posted online without …

Parental Matchmaking and Middle-class families in Contemporary China

Written by Jun Zhang. People’s Park is a central landmark in metropolitan Shanghai. But since June 2005, a corner of the park has also become a market-like place, serving as a venue for parental matchmaking on weekends and national holidays. Middle-aged parents gather in People’s Park to find mates for their college-educated children, particularly daughters. …

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Overseas study as ‘escape route’ for young Chinese women

Written by Fran Martin. “Study abroad fever” (留學熱) is a notable trend in Chinese society. Every year over 400,000 Chinese students study abroad–the largest number of any country. Most of these students go to study in western nations like the USA

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Makerspaces for the People: China’s Approach to Cultivating an Entrepreneurial Mindset

Written by Silvia Lindtner. In January 2015, the Chinese government released a new national policy called 众创空间 zhongchuang kongjian (“mass makerspace” or “makerspaces for the people”). The new policy was announced only weeks after the Chinese pr

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Online Translation Communities in Chinese Cyberspace

Written by Chuan Yu. There is a “tradition” in China of translating almost everything from other languages into Chinese. Since the arrival of the Internet about 30 years ago, the practice of translation has also moved online. A number of online translation communities have been established for various purposes. In general, there are two types: audio-visual and …

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Always on the Brink: Free and Open Source Software in China

Written by Matteo Tarantino. Free and Open Source Software 开放源码软件 (FOSS) is by now long past the stage of “novelty” in China. Yet its integration into the Chinese software industry is still problematic. FOSS stalwart operating system, Linux, has

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Ethnicity and the Chinese Internet: Escape from Reality?

Written by James Leibold. Has the Internet changed what it means to be Chinese in the twenty-first century? It has certainly opened up new possibilities for performing ‘Chinese-ness’ and other forms of social/cultural identities inside the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and across the globe. Yet are the spatial flows and transnational reach of the …

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Xi’s Internet: China’s new normal online reality

Written by David Kurt Herold. During the decade long reign of Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao over the People’s Republic of China, the Chinese Internet flourished and Chinese netizens began to have a measurable effect on both internal and external politics. Foreign researchers repeatedly argued that the Internet was functioning as a precursor to the …

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Selfies, trolling and one-night stands: From Chinese internet culture to digital media practices

Written by Gabriele de Seta. Recurring comments about my research project that I heard during my fieldwork went along these lines: “Chinese internet culture? How can you study such broad topic?” Professors and students, hardcore gamers and young

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