Politics, Society, Writing

Living in Truth

When the public is drowned in nationalism, intellectuals are forbidden to speak and the government tightens the censorship of social media – who gets to know the truth?


Fifty years after Cultural Revolution, the kindling of anti-intellectualism still exists at the corners of China and its people’s mind. (Photo: Fred LAI)

The Valentine’s Day of 2013 meant a lot to WANG. After work at 5pm, the IT technician living in Shenzhen had a dinner alone at his apartment. The dish was one of his favorites, tomato with scrambled eggs, for which had a nice sweet-and-sour taste and “resembled the lively color of China’s national flag.”

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Feature, Society, Writing

School sites forgotten

As cross-border pupils scramble for school places in the north, some classrooms there have been empty for decades.


Every day before 6 am, more than 25,000 primary school kids start their day by marching through the still-asleep Shenzhen city to its border with Hong Kong, where they take school buses heading towards different parts of the city, from North District to Lan Tau in the south.

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Editorial, Politics, Writing

Democracy is a pain in the ass, so is dictatorship – editorial on Geoff Cutmore’s speech of China

“If you want to do things quickly, democracy is a pain in the ass. Nobody wants their home get flooded so you can build gorges dam. China’s infrastructure is phenomenal. It could only happen under one-party state dictatorship, that says, this is what is going to take place, and it takes place.”

So said Geoff Cutmore, one of CNBC’S most experienced presenters who has spent years covering news in China and Asia. He gave a speech at a media salon held by the Department of Journalism, Hong Kong Baptist University.


The speech receives applause with knowing laugh, especially when Geoff Cutmore talked about China’s current leadership.

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