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Understanding China requires an understanding of its unique and changing vocabularies, from stiff Party discourse to innovative internet slang.

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Second-generation Reds

The term “second-generation reds,” or hong er’dai (红二代), refers to Chinese who born in the 1960s and early 1970s (before the end of the Cultural Revolution) and were weaned on the politics and ideology of Mao...

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Power Progeny 官二代

The Chinese term guan er’dai (官二代) could be translated numerous ways into English, and possibilities might include “sons and daughters of government officials” or “official offspring.” Whatever the...

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Naked Official 裸体做官

The term "naked official" is a popular term speaking to a growing public animosity towards corrupt officials who pilfer state funds and then stash them overseas, where their family members are seeking citizenship. Read More

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Ministry of Truth 真理部

Internet controls are handled in China by a dizzying array of party and government bodies. Most important are the CCP’s Central Propaganda Department, the supreme body enforcing “propaganda discipline” (or the...

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Stake it on Daddy

Two decades of economic growth have certainly made China richer. But uneven growth and lagging political reforms have also contributed to a sharp widening of the gap between rich and poor in the country. As social gaps grow more...

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Bloody GDP

A disastrous high-speed train collision in the city of Wenzhou on July 23, 2011, which killed at least 39 people and injured more than 200 others, capped with tragedy two weeks of rising doubts in China about the safety of the...

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Love the Future

As news broke on April 3, 2011, that artist and activist Ai Weiwei (艾未未) had been detained in Beijing, Chinese web censors apparently moved to scrub references to Ai from popular microblog platforms such as Sina Weibo and QQ...

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Salt Hysteria

In the wake of the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami in Japan, which resulted in severe damage to a nuclear power plant, rumors spread in China of possibly disastrous radiation fallout impacting China. Believing that...

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国之命在人心

In a press conference closing the 2011 “two meetings” of the National People’s Congress and People’s Political Consultative Conference — at which the proceedings had largely avoided the issue of...

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