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The Decline of the Expat: Foreigners in China Proliferate, But Become Less Special

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2013 | 9:14 PM

Tiffany Wang is a contributor at Tea Leaf Nation.

In recent months, the "China expat" has been making international headlines. Several longtime residents of China announced their intention to leave on public forums, explaining that living in China was not only hazardous to their health, but...

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On China's Twitter, Discussion of Hacking Attacks Proceeds Unblocked

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 2:53 PM

By David Wertime, co-founder of Tea Leaf Nation

As The New York Times reported yesterday evening, U.S.-based cybersecurity firm Mandiant has just released a deeply troubling report called "Exposing One of China's Cyber Espionage Units." The report alleges wide-spread hacking sponsored...

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Chinese Netizens 'Slut-Shame' Singer and Model for Volunteering to Teach Poor Children

(4) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 7:00 PM

By Liz Carter, Tea Leaf Nation contributor

It's not easy being a famous woman, especially in China. In a post that went viral yesterday on Sina Weibo, China's Twitter, Chinese model and singer Lu Jing, who describes herself as possessing "the most beautiful natural breasts in...

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In Chinese Migrant Workers' Viral Video, Glimmers of Digital Activism's Future

(1) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 8:07 PM


By David Wertime, co-founder of Tea Leaf Nation

It's performance art, parody, social media genius, and a desperate cry for help all in one. If any further proof of social media's power were necessary, it's arrived: An underpaid Chinese migrant...

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Splitsville in China: A Ballet Move Goes Suddenly Viral

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2012 | 5:35 PM

By the staff of Tea Leaf Nation

Two days ago, a photograph of a girl wearing a white vest and ballet slippers and doing a 45-degree split in her dorm room went viral on the Chinese Internet. It led to what Sina entertainment called an online "battle between...

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As Recriminations Over Anti-Japanese Protests Mount, Deep Divisions in China Emerge

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2012 | 7:19 PM

By Yi Lu, a Tea Leaf Nation contributor

The protest, argued all those engaged, was a spectacle of solidarity, and it appeared so at first glance: Beginning September 16, anti-Japanese grievances that had been simmering for months over the Diaoyu Islands, called the Senkaku in Japanese,...

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Can Online Protests Change China?

(1) Comments | Posted September 14, 2012 | 9:42 AM

By David Wertime, Tea Leaf Nation co-founder and editor

What would a world without Weibo, China's Twitter, look like? It's increasingly hard to fathom one without it. Earlier this week, Mark MacKinnon of The Globe and Mail called it "the largest national public square in...

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Why Are So Many Respected Chinese Journalists Quitting?

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 10:20 AM

By Yueran Zhang, a Tea Leaf Nation contributor

Recently, Jian Guangzhou (@简光洲), one of the most reputed investigative journalists in China, quit the Oriental Daily (@东方早报) and announced he was ending his reporting career. Even though the specific reasons for Jian leaving his job...

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