Monthly archives: June, 2017

Former Taiwan independence supporter ostracized for change of heart

Chang Wei-shan addresses a cross-Straits youth forum held on June 18 in Xiamen, East China’s Fujian Province. Photo: Courtesy of Chang Wei-shan For most of her life, Chang Wei-shan, born in central Taiwan, had believed that people on the Chinese mainland were the enemy and Taiwan should be independent. But her views changed after entering …

Stand-up comic risks everything just to raise a few smiles

Zhong Yongming performs stand-up comedy outside a subway station in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province. Photo: Yang Jingru/The Beijing News Zhong Yongming is probably China’s only full-time stand-up comedy street performer. He quit his well paid job to pursue his childhood dream of being an actor and making people laugh, but despite spending eight years practicing and …

China needs real AI innovation, not profit-seeking

Illustration: Peter C. Espina/GT   Some bizarrely embarrassing mistakes spotted in a high-profile artificial intelligence (AI) presentation by Baidu last week might have thrown some much-needed cold water on China’s AI fever, amid concerns of an investment bubble in the sector. China’s huge online population seems to have become giddy with excitement about AI, but …

Decades of history seen through a photographer’s lens

Gao Yuan shows photos that he has taken at Tiananmen Square. Photo: CFP  “In the 1980s and 1990s, many people only had one opportunity in their lives to visit Tiananmen Square and get their photos taken there. I was one of the photographers there who took photos for them, and now I’m the only one …