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Grisly murder case evokes debate 
on juveniles in the justice system

Grisly murder case evokes debate 
on juveniles in the justice system

Chinese authorities’ decision earlier this month to prosecute three minors in a grisly murder case ended weeks of nervous speculation amid a public shocked by their crime....

Lu Feiran | April 22, 2024, Monday


Time to use hanzi as standard translation of Chinese script

Time to use hanzi as standard translation of Chinese script

Today is the United Nations Chinese Language Day, a day chosen to honor Cangjie, the legendary inventor of the Chinese script. In light of this, I propose that the term hanzi (汉字) be officially adopted...

Hugo Tseng | April 20, 2024, Saturday


Our dumb relationship with smartphones

Our dumb relationship with smartphones

I lost my mobile phone. Well, I say I lost it — it was in my back pocket. But the time between not knowing where it was and finding it felt longer than “Oppenheimer.”...

Emma Leaning | April 20, 2024, Saturday


Dear men: a love letter to the unseen and underappreciated

Dear men: a love letter to the unseen and underappreciated

I like men. I like them so much, I married one, and regularly tell him how much I appreciate him. According to X, this makes me anomaly. That’s an issue....

Emma Leaning | April 13, 2024, Saturday


Who are these people? Online false friends intrude upon our privacy

Who are these people? Online false friends intrude upon our privacy

Not long ago, when I accessed a map app, a request popped up: If you would enable your Bluetooth, it would allow us to specify your location with greater accuracy....

Wan Lixin | April 11, 2024, Thursday


Repurposing an ancient matchmaker, a modern love broker wins hearts and minds

Repurposing an ancient matchmaker, a modern love broker wins hearts and minds

The recent surge in popularity of “Wang Po’s Matchmaking” at a tourism spot in central China presents an interesting case study in how traditional culture can be repurposed to meet the contemporary needs...

Yang Jian | April 8, 2024, Monday


A proactive governance style adapted to a village of strangers in modern times

A proactive governance style adapted to a village of strangers in modern times

A few years ago, I wrote an article extolling the virtues of a traditional Chinese village. A colleague, thinking otherwise, confronted me with the article, and demanded: If you find the village so charming, ...

Wan Lixin | April 1, 2024, Monday


‘Married at First Sight:’ How TV is making mockery of marriage

‘Married at First Sight:’ How TV is making mockery of marriage

Confession: I binge-watched the television program “Married at First Sight.” Congratulations if you’ve avoided it....

Emma Leaning | March 30, 2024, Saturday


The ‘basket special’ metro: All honest labor deserves respect

The ‘basket special’ metro: All honest labor deserves respect

A metro line in Chongqing is so crammed with elderly vegetable sellers at certain times that it is nicknamed beilou zhuanxian, or basket special....

Wan Lixin | March 28, 2024, Thursday


Why do we find words failing us?

Why do we find words failing us?

At a family gathering in Nanjing during the Spring Festival holiday, a young man named Li Sichao was asked to make a few remarks in keeping with the occasion....

Wan Lixin | March 23, 2024, Saturday




 

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