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China Diary
Opinion  /  Published 02.07.21

China Diary: time to change the rules

In the factory of the world, where productivity is paramount and everyone is set on being upwardly mobile, the first stirrings of rebellion are being seen. Thousands of young people, most of them coll...
By Neha Sahay

Opinion  /  Published 07.06.21

A Tale of two Heroic lives

The rain didn’t deter the mourners from lining up to pay their respects. The funeral of Dr Wu Mengchao, who died last month at the age of 98, witnessed a display of public grief normally reserve...
By Neha Sahay

Opinion  /  Published 03.05.21

CHINA DIARY: The tide is finally turning

In a country where workers’ rights are non-existent except in some multinational corporations, a court has recognized an employee’s right to take leave to mourn his father. With the approv...
By Neha Sahay

Opinion  /  Published 05.04.21

More than meets the eye

If you think the Sachin Vaze controversy has revealed the rot in Mumbai’s police force, wait till you hear what is happening in China’s port city of Lianyungang. This ancient city was one ...
By Neha Sahay

Opinion  /  Published 02.03.21

When they met their mothers

How many of us ever imagine our mothers as young girls? Are they forever just mothers to us? The Chinese are asking themselves these questions thanks to a new movie that’s become the biggest hit...
By Neha Sahay

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Opinion  /  Published 05.02.21

Do not come, do not go

Sun Zheng laughed, recalling the time he had to stop his practice of giving ‘Red Envelopes’ to officials whose approval was essential for the smooth running of his cosmetics unit. Decorati...
By Neha Sahay

Opinion  /  Published 04.01.21

The bubble has burst: facial recognition

Imagine walking into an international airport, completing self-check-in, self-baggage-check-in and then striding through security, with no one stopping you till just before you board — and only ...
By Neha Sahay

Opinion  /  Published 04.12.20

New rules for parents in China

Not all Chinese mothers choose to be “tiger moms”. Some are pushed into becoming so. Already struggling with the race to transform their only children into multi-talented wonders, new form...
By Neha Sahay

Opinion  /  Published 03.11.20

Fight against all odds

Zhong Fangrong, who recently aced the gao kao, China’s challenging pre-university entrance exam, has announced that she wants to study archaeology. No, she is not from the kind of family wh...
By Neha Sahay

Opinion  /  Published 04.09.20

There are no escape routes in China

Hit by the slump that’s become the norm across the world, a manufacturer of electric vehicles decided to diversify into the product that is now ruling the world: masks. Having bagged a massive o...
By Neha Sahay


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