Author Archives: Marrian Zhou

Putian Hospitals: When ‘Saving Life’ is Just a Slogan

Going to the hospital in China hasn’t been the same since the Wei Zixi Incident. Wei’s death triggered sweeping investigations into the networks of China’s hospitals, and the results have patients worried. Wei, a student of Xi’an Electrical Engineering University, was diagnosed with the...


Millennial Artist Seeks Spirit of Heroism

Every artist eventually has to decide whether they want to make money or be themselves. But that question was never a struggle for 26-year-old Zhang Beibei. From a young age she was determined to create without bending to other’s desires. A glance through Zhang’s...


Pokémon Go and China: Who Banned Whom?

The augmented reality (AR) game Pokémon GO has been the cause of many ridiculous incidents since its launch in Australia. Players have been spotted following Pokémon into dangerous locations and turning in-game battles into physical brawls. On July 12, a Chinese international student live...


124 Websites Caught Selling Fake Peking University Training

Peking University’s official website released a statement over Weibo on July 12 that 124 websites were using its name to offer training classes without the school’s permission. The statement emphasized that these websites had no cooperation with the university, nor did they have the...


Restaurant Rating War Ends in Alleged Knife Fight

A negative review for an online food delivery service left one Eleme user in Jinan, Shandong province with 19 stitches – at least according to his version of the story. The user, surnamed Liu (pseudonym), left a complaint on the service on June 23...


What Happens if You Hit Your Child?

Eleven expensive cars were lined up to get body work done at a repair shop in Jinan, Shandong province on July 4. All bore vulgar words scratched into their paint. The owners were, understandably, furious. A Jinan TV program News Community reviewed surveillance tapes...


Beijing Unveils Progress in Technology Innovation Plan

The Information Office of Beijing Municipality and Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Commission hosted a development presentation on July 14. In April 2014, the municipal office published its Beijing Technology Innovation Action Plan 2014- 2017. The plan emphasized 12 issues that needed attention, such...


What Does It Take to Be an Internet Celebrity?

A millennial explores the world of internet fame A young woman from the Central Academy of Drama made headlines in May by attracting 12 million yuan in investment funds. By the end of the month, everyone had heard of Papi Jiang. Papi Jiang started...


IKEA to Accept Returns of Problem Drawers

The spacious bedroom area of Beijing’s IKEA features MALM drawers are prominently displayed. The sign above them is even more eye-catching: “Attach to the wall firmly!” Sales agents remind each customer that “drawers with more than three levels need to be attached to the...


Depression the New Worry for College Students

Xiao Yu (alias), a Ph. D candidate at a Beijing university, is very active on social media with daily updates. Looking at her profile alone, it’s hard to imagine she has been struggling with depression for the last five years. “It wouldn’t be so...