Adam Minter

05/04/2014 - 11:37pm

    China's nanny state outdid itself on April 25 when authorities suddenly pulled "The Big Bang Theory" and three other popular U.S. television programs off Chinese streaming video sites. Keeping with their usual practice, regulators didn't explain why they'd clamped down on the wildly popular programs (why should they?). Instead, the sites...

04/07/2014 - 2:21am

    In January, superstar Chinese film director Zhang Yimou was fined the equivalent of $1.24 million for having three children in excess of the country's strict, so- called "one-child" family planning standards. It was a significant, possibly record fine, meant in theory to compensate the state for...

04/03/2014 - 1:39am

Several hundred students stormed and occupied Taiwan's national legislature on March 18 over objections to a new trade agreement with China, which they claimed was railroaded through the legislative process. One week later they remain in the chambers, supported by thousands of protestors, and an influential coterie of...

02/20/2014 - 3:25pm

    Don't expect the Chinese Communist Party to have a sense of humor when it comes to the Olympics. Long before the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the games were already serious state business, providing an ambitious government the means by which to demonstrate to itself, its citizens and maybe the world, that China,...

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