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After American "gangsta rap", here comes Chinese "police rap"

 
Security forces in the city of Qionglai, in China’s centre-west Sichuan province, have become an Internet sensation with a viral rap video called “Rise, Qionglai police.” Read more...
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Education inequality for migrants’ children: “This problem has taken over my life”

 
In China, one’s hukou, or permanent residence status, can be perceived as either a birthright or an insurmountable obstacle. It dictates everything, from where you can live to what kind of social services you have access to. In a country whose economy is in part built on the shoulders of its more than 200 million migrant workers, many in the capital Beijing are fed up with the system they say stands in the way of their children’s education. Read more…
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Chinese rebel against government’s Syria veto online

 
Members of China’s vast Internet community have flocked to social networking sites to voice criticism of their government’s decision to veto a UN draft resolution condemning the 11 month-long crackdown on anti-government protests in Syria, saying the move does not represent them. Read more…
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Dolce & Gabbana controversy stokes tensions between mainland Chinese and Hong Kong

 
More than a thousand people gathered in front of a Dolce & Gabbana store in Hong Kong last weekend and not because of a sale. They were there to protest. They accuse the Italian luxury brand of discriminating against local residents and only catering to rich clients from the mainland. Read more...
 
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Phoney “citizen journalist” exposed

 
In China, counterfeits are everywhere – even in citizen journalism. Read more...

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Photo of bridge construction sends China’s Internet community abuzz

 
A series of photos of an apartment building obstructing construction on a massive bridge in China’s southern city of Nanning has created quite a buzz amongst the country’s vast online community. Touching on the sore topic of forced evictions, Internet users quickly seized on the story, amazed that one building could halt work on an entire bridge. It seems, however, that not everything is what it appears to be. Read more…
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Wukan protests ‘won’t bring the system down’

 
After months of unrest over a heated land dispute, it looks as though calm may finally have returned to Wukan, a small fishing town in China’s wealthy south-eastern province of Guangdong. Wukan’s residents have reached a deal with local authorities, bringing an end to a high-profile standoff that lasted nearly two weeks. Despite the international attention the conflict garnered, our Observer on the ground says the issue remains a local one. Read more...

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Cut off from the world, Chinese village refuses to back down in land dispute

 
Outrage over the death of Xue Jinbo, a villager from the small fishing town of Wukan in China’s southeastern Guangdong province, has turned a longstanding land dispute with authorities into an unheard-of, nearly week-long standoff between locals and police. According to our Observer in Wukan, residents are frightened but unwilling to give in to the local government’s demands. Read more…
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