I’m Concerned about the Declining Quality of TED Talks

Monday, July 8, 2013
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by Eric X. Li

I’ve been a fan of the TED conference since its inception and believe it to be a powerful platform to share potentially world-changing ideas with a mass audience. Which is why I was so ambivalent when organizers asked me to speak at TEDGlobal 2013.

On the one hand, I was honored to be among the roster of accomplished speakers but, on the other hand, I wondered about the respectability of a conference that failed to see through my cheap, nationalistic delusions and low-level sophistry.

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Lei Zhengfu Sentenced to 13 Years in Prison

Friday, July 5, 2013

Lei Zhengfu, a former Chongqing official, has been sentenced to 13 years in prison and fined 300,000 yuan for taking bribes. The investigation began after a sex tape of him was leaked online. Here are the feelings of the Chinese people.

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Edward Snowden Is Living in Hong Kong

Friday, June 14, 2013

Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower who leaked documents which detail secret U.S. surveillance programs, has been living in Hong Kong since May. Whether he will be extradited remains to be seen. Here are the feelings of the Chinese people.

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Xi Jinping Visits Trinidad and Tobago

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Last weekend, Xi Jinping became the first Chinese head of state to visit the island nation Trinidad and Tobago. Here are the feelings of the Chinese people.

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Chinese Tourist Vandalizes Ancient Egyptian Temple

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A photograph of handwritten graffiti in Luxor, Egypt which reads, “Ding Jinhao was here,” has gone viral, prompting a discussion about Chinese tourists’ behavior abroad. Netizens have since tracked down Mr. Ding, who is a middle school student in Nanjing. Here are the feelings of the Chinese people.

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Joe Biden’s Commencement Speech Offends Chinese Students

Saturday, May 25, 2013

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden recently gave a commencement speech at the University of Pennsylvania where he described China as a country that could not “think different.” Chinese students are now demanding a public apology. Here are the feelings of the Chinese people.

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If I Had to Poison My Roommate, I’d Definitely Go with Thallium

Monday, May 13, 2013
Zhu Ling

by Sun Wei

When it comes to poisoning someone you know, we face a plethora of options.

In recent days, we’ve seen a student at Fudan University kill his roommate by slipping N-Nitrosodimethylamine into the room’s water dispenser.

We’ve also seen the head of a kindergarten inject tetramine, a strong rat poison, into yogurt which killed two young girls at a rival school.

Those aren’t bad choices. But if, hypothetically, I had to poison someone, I’d probably go with thallium.

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Zhang Yimou Might Have Seven Children

Friday, May 10, 2013

Authorities are investigating reports that director Zhang Yimou has seven children, in violation of family planning policy, which could result in a 160 million yuan fine. Here are the feelings of the Chinese people.

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What the “Chinese Dream” Means to Me

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
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by Xi Jinping

Recently, there’s been a lot of talk about what the term “Chinese Dream” actually means.

Is it a revival of Chinese culture? Reclaiming China’s rightful place at the forefront of history? Or is it just a hollow catchphrase Tom Friedman and I settled on after a long night of word association and binge drinking?

Well, I don’t quite remember so let me put it like this: the Chinese Dream is like the Matrix—unfortunately, no one can be told what it is.

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Thank You for Your Donations

Saturday, April 27, 2013
Guo Meimei

by Guo Meimei

Guo Meimei is the self-proclaimed general manager of the China Red Cross Commerce Department.

Hi there, by now you’ve seen the devastation caused by the earthquake in Ya’an. Hundreds are dead and thousands more injured.

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