Category: News of the Week

Laowai in Beijing Pens Rap Parodies About China

For something a little lighter, take a listen to Big Daddy Dough’s Beijing State of Mind. Andrew Dougherty, aka Big Daddy Dough, is an expat living in Beijing. Here, he started writing parody raps covering Chinese current affairs, and over several years his hobby has morphed into a 21-track album titled “The Redprint: Rhyme and Reason in the Riddle Kingdom”. The full album can be streamed and downloaded at Below is his cover Beijing State of Mind, based on Jay-Z’s Empire State of Mind, in which he skilfully captures the idiosyncrasies and difficulties of life in Beijing, and all in...

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Americans Hold More Negative Views of China Than Before: Survey

The Pew Research Center has recently released the results of a survey polling Americans on their perception of China, finding that a majority of Americans hold negative views toward China, with an overall increase in the proportion of negative views over time. The results indicated a noticeable difference in views by age group and political affiliation, with younger and/or more progressive respondents possessing relatively more favorable views. Included in the analysis are comparisons to Chinese perceptions of America, who generally hold less negative views of the US than do their US counterparts. The results are also compared to those...

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Assignment: China

Starting in 2012 The University of Southern California’s U.S-China Institute began releasing a series of a documentary pieces focusing on key moments of Chinese history from the perspective of the journalists who covered these events. The twelve part miniseries begins its exploration during the China’s Civil War in 1927, takes on a journey through time to visit President Nixon and Mao’s momentous meeting in 1972, and ends with a discussion of the economic rise of China in the early 21st century. The whole series is available free online to watch at, and below you will find a video...

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Big Government, Big Data, Big Brother

Early this month, the Politburo drafted China’s 13th Five-Year Plan.  In it, the government announced a nationwide “social credit system” that will supposedly “strengthen the establishment of a national population-based information repository and improve the social credit system.”  It sounds fairly benign on the surface, and thus far details on it are scant, but experts predict that its implications go beyond a “financial credit system like the ones used in the U.S. and other developed countries.”  While someone’s credit rating will have a bearing on their business prospects, it will also affect their access to social institutions and privileges. ...

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Smog Looms Over North and Northeastern China

Northern and Northeastern China have been covered in heavy smog. The smog has influenced one tenth of China’s land territory, according to the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP).  Specifically, the smog covers 630,000 square kilometers of northeastern Chinese land and 380,000 square kilometers of northern Chinese land.  The MEP blamed this latest smog spell on “adverse meteorological conditions.” This smog created a hike in the Air Pollution Index (API) of seven provinces and municipalities, and the Air Quality Index (AQI) hit 500 in 11 cities in northeastern China between November 3rd and November 5th.  The MEP has sent 12...

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SR: The Week’s China Reads

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Every week, China Program’s Senior Advisor Dr. Robert A. Kapp compiles a reading list and provides commentary, for you to better understand China.

Robert A. Kapp is senior advisor to the China Program at the Carter Center. He has been principal of Robert A. Kapp and Associates, a business consulting firm, since 2004. From 1994 through 2004 he served as President of the United States-China Business Council…