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Instagram Selfies and Hong Kong’s Free TV Movement

Tens of thousands of protestors thronged the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday to call for greater transparency in its Executive Council. Protestors were reacting to the recent government refusal to grant a free-to-air TV license to HKTV, an eagerly-awaited newcomer in the industry. Not only did the government not »

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#Tokyo2020: Let the Memes Begin

「これが新型iPadです」 pic.twitter.com/aiMvG5wHo8 — 片岡K (@kataoka_k) September 7, 2013 Despite almost missing the opportunity due to health concerns about Fukushima, Japan has been chosen to be the host of the 2020 Olympic games. Like any important globally relevant event, memes were a popular way to react and respond to the event. »

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The Civic Beat Sundae: September 15 Edition

Introducing… The Civic Beat Sundae: Your weekly scoop of internet culture writing from ’round the web.  The Civic Beat team has been tinkering a lot in the background as we prepare our public-facing site and research, and we realized we’ve been coming across a slew of articles and research already out »

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The (Un)Life of Pig: Shanghai River Filled with Pig Bodies

SHANGHAI– Thousands of pig carcasses, nearly 16,000 as of last count, have been found in Huangpu River, one of the many that supply Shanghai, the bustling, rising megacity and center of commerce for China. The body count, still rising, came from the upriver Jiaxing city, which supplies much of the »

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Locusts and Pandas and Bears… 哦麦 (o mai)!

 HONG KONG and SHENZHEN– Those of us following China have noticed the increasing tensions between Hong Kong and mainlanders.  More and more mainland women have been crossing the border into Hong Kong to have babies, where their children can expect to receive better healthcare and a coveted Hong Kong passport, »