It’s the law: Chengguan in Guangzhou now have to be nice

Better late than never: new regulations in force from today in Guangzhou require all chengguan in the city to be courteous in the enforcement of their duties and to use words like “please”, “thank you” and “I’m sorry”. The new regulations, entitled “Guangzhou Metropolitan Comprehensive Law Enforcement Work Standards” (广州市城市管理综合执法工作规范), state clearly that chengguan may …

Shenzhen bans “skew weeing”

Errant weeing will no longer be tolerated in Shenzhen. From yesterday, new regulations made any instance of uncivilized behavior in public bathrooms in the city liable to a 100 yuan fine. As Shenzhen Evening News reports today, however, enforcing straight weeing is much easier said than done.

Bo Xilai outshone by “people’s judge” Zhai Shuquan

Yesterday, August 22nd, Bo Xilai’s trial got underway in Jinan, Shandong Province. Accused of accepting bribes, corruption, and abuse of office, Bo gave a spirited defence of himself while frequent posts on the court’s official Weibo feed sparked animated discussions of the case in the international press corps. The same vivacity has not appeared in …

China’s two greatest Internet rumor mongers and “black PR” philanderers arrested

Although the entire foreign press corps and many Chinese Internet users are focused on the trial of Bo Xilai right now, many newspapers and websites are devoting space to a news story and propaganda campaign about online “rumor mongering”. Two suspected rumor mongers have been arrested. The front page of yesterday’s Beijing Times 京华时报 carries …

Xue Manzi: How Chinese social media can be a force for good

Update August 25: Soon after this was published, Xue Manzi ran into trouble with the police. See this Shanghaiist story: Chinese-American investor Charles Xue arrested in Beijing in ‘prostitution’ sting. It seems that other social media figures are also being targeted by police. On August 25, Daily Telegraph correspondent Malcom Moore tweeted the following: Zhou …

Chengguan go easy on man who constructed Beijing’s “most awesome illegal building”

The news has been dominated in recent days with stories relating to the somehow sudden discovery of a three-story villa covered in shrubbery sitting atop a 26-story building in western Beijing. Now, as construction (or rather, deconstruction) workers set about removing grapevines from atop the villa, the Beijing Times reports that the chengguan, China’s notoriously …

“Cash and gifts” will get your child into the right class

Last year the New York Times published an exposé on the culture of corruption in the Chinese schools admissions system, with rich parents able to buy their children into the best schools. But less well documented is that parents with children in primary and middle schools can actually pay to have their children placed in …

The branded sex toy business – Zhang Xiaoyu

The BBC recently published a story titled Opening a sex shop in China, glossed as such: In China, sex is not a frequent topic of conversation, but one 23-year-old graduate in China is hoping to change that. Ma Jiajia is not like other young entrepreneurs in the country. Her foray into the world of business …

“Temperature warriors” take on China’s heat wave

The front page of the Nanhu Evening News tells us today that “The news that everyone is paying attention to right now is the heat.” This has been the case for the past few weeks. As we covered on Danwei, newspapers in Shanghai recently wondered if the summer of 2013 might end up being even worse …

“Are you still prostrating yourself before foreign milk powder?”

The vast majority of Chinese daily newspapers yesterday featured the massive New Zealand milk powder product recall as a front page story, most as either the leading headline or as a large and prominent graphic feature. The imagery is very much that of a scare campaign, with dozens of papers using evocative images of microscopic …

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