Ex-Xinhua reporter sets out on his own with satirical WeChat account

Wang Xiaolei Photo: CFP Wang Xiaolei used to have two identities. He was a reporter at the Chongqing bureau of the Xinhua News Agency, China’s biggest State-owned news agency. He’d written about the benefits of China’s urbanization, anti-corruption campaigns and China’s 13th five-year plan. Just like the majority of articles churned out by China’s State …

Anti-graft official vows to keep fighting after resignation

Lu Qun speaks to a farmer during his on-site survey of herbal farming in Hunan Province. Photo: IC Party disciplinary official Lu Qun was not one who fit into the system the way other cadres did. Before he left his position, his work had been “corruption prevention” among government officials, but instead of sticking to …

Party chief courts fame to help impoverished county

Chen Xingjia sky-dives to promote Badong, Hubei Province, where he works as the Party chief. Photo: Courtesy of Chen Xingjia Performing in music videos and sky-diving are just some of the ways in which Chen Xingjia, Party chief of a poverty-stricken county in Central China’s Hubei Province, has won people over. While these stunts seem …

Lone researcher goes on global search for lost relics

The Yuanmingyuan Park Photo: CFP Liu Yang and the pair of stone fish he discovered Photo: Courtesy of Liu Yang Liu Yang has become a name that one cannot help but mention when talking about the Yuanmingyuan. He has spent the last 12 years tracing its relics and has managed to track down nearly 1,000 …

Former teacher fights against Japan’s denial of Nanjing Massacre

Tamaki Matsuoka and her new book Photo: Courtesy of ALPHA Tamaki Matsuoka signing her books Photo: Courtesy of ALPHA Tamaki Matsuoka, a writer and former teacher who has long been a headache for  Japanese right-wingers, got on their nerves again when she published her new English-language book on the Nanjing Massacre. In her book Torn …

Web host tests boundaries with sexually charged shows

Wang prepares for a breast model contest in Chengdu, Sichuan Province in March. Photo: CFP A screenshot of Wang’s live-streaming show Photo: Courtesy of Wang Ruier’s Weibo   Wang Ruier was running late. It was 10pm one day in April, and 4,626 viewers had already signed on to her channel on Douyu TV, a Chinese …

Retired doctor takes on hospitals to expose dark practices

Chen Xiaolan Photo: Courtesy of Chen Xiaolan A military hospital in Beijing that has departments contracted to the medical group from Putian Photo: IC Chen Xiaolan, a former doctor who is renowned for exposing the dark side of the medical industry, has targeted the notorious Putian private hospitals yet again, following the death of Wei …

Former journalist challenges perceptions of GM foods

Xiang posts pictures of his cooking on Weibo. Photo: Courtesy of Xiang Dongliang Xiang Dongliang (right) stands with a farmer. Photo: Courtesy of Xiang Dongliang For the last few months, Xiang Dongliang was only concerned about what to cook each day. He opened a Weibo account and constantly updated it with photos of different dishes …