The world, including China, reacted with shock at the pictures of toddler Yueyue, overrun by cars and ignored by passersby, hit the internet. Social commentator Zhang Lijia shares the feeling, but tries also to explain in The Guardian, why it happened.
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China’s broadcast authorities cancelled recently a hugely popular Idols-like TV show called the ‘super girls’. Author Zhang Lijia explains on her weblog why those heavy handed censorship methods do not work anymore.
Drooling foreign publishers are trying to enter the Chinese market, like recently on the International Book Fair in Beijing. But author Zhang Lijia warns on her weblog for too high expectation, as the already limited number of books per Chinese is even dropping.
Author Bill Dodson muses in his hot pot podcast whether real innovation in China is possible when the internet has the slowest possible speed and keeps information away from the people who need it. He believes the censored internet curtails innovation.
Serial entrepreneur Marc van der Chijs discusses extensively the changes he has seen in China and the way how business developed over the past decade. “Most people want growth and stability, and that is what the party gives them. I would leave if they started to talk about democracy.”
The China Digital Times points at research by sociologist Tricia Wang, in an article about the problems surrounding childcare for migrant workers. By lack of alternatives, internet cafe’s have become an unlikely replacement for schools and other childcare.
China’s railway autorities might have symbolically reduced the speed of fast trains after the Wenzhou train crash, but – wonders author Bill Dodson in his weblog – why is it so hard to slow down society when things go into the wrong direction?