Opinion Columns


At last, a solution to ‘corruption on wheels,’ but car auctions must be open to public

FOR years, official cars have been a scourge of corruption.Almost every government agency, public institution or state-owned enterprise is amply supplied with its own fleet of official cars....

September 10, 2014, Wednesday


Epic eruption changed the world

While Shanghai has seen an unusually cool summer this year, some Chinese provinces have experienced unusual heat and drought....

September 5, 2014, Friday


Too much charity work reeks of self-praise, quackery as more anti-graft efforts needed

In the run-up to the new school year that began on Monday, my 11-year-old son had been busy rushing through his homework.Part of this was a requirement to document each day a shanshi (charitable deed)...

September 3, 2014, Wednesday


Mobs at Luxun Park show city’s woeful lack of open space for public enjoyment

It isn’t always as easy as a walk in the park. After a year of renovation, Luxun Park reopened to the public last Thursday. But it was pandemonium when the park in northern Shanghai’...

September 1, 2014, Monday


Outcry over foreign student scholarships justified, given paltry stipends for locals

EDUCATION authorities in eastern China’s Jiangsu Province recently stirred an outcry with publication of a plan to lure foreign students....

August 29, 2014, Friday


A little tolerance brings inner peace on subway train

As soon as I elbowed into a packed carriage on the No. 2 subway line during rush hour on Wednesday, I saw several tall Western ladies losing themselves to chanting and dancing,...

August 29, 2014, Friday


Throwing ice bucket is worth the gimmickry

When an acquaintance of mine asked me to join his wife to take the ice bucket challenge for ALS, I wondered what it was and what ALS stood for. He later shared pictures of the event on WeChat....

August 28, 2014, Thursday


Scandal-ridden celebrities show the decay of moral fiber and the need for clean-up

In Chinese, when we describe a person utterly lacking in moral scruples, we say the person is “desiring to have a memory archway (paifang) erected in her (his)...

August 27, 2014, Wednesday


Demolition of half-built twin towers hotel shows consequences of unchecked power

THE explosion that brought down twin buildings of an unfinished hotel was the death knell of Fang Xiping’s career.According to media reports, the ex-Party chief of Huainan City, Anhui Province,...

August 26, 2014, Tuesday


How to balance marketplace of ideas with reasonable Internet laws and controls

EDITOR’S Note: Mark Grabowski is a professor at Adelphi University in New York, where he teaches Internet law and ethics. Shanghai Daily reporter Li Xinran held an interview with him on August 15. Due ...

August 25, 2014, Monday




 

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