David Eimer | South China Morning Post
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David Eimer

Pulling strings

For Lu Siqing, timing is the essence of his life as China's greatest violinist. 'I always say that the difference between a maestro and an ordinary player is timing.

Wednesday, 9 November, 2011, 12:00am

Feast and famine in lending is hurting China's economy

When it comes to money, the traditional stereotype of the mainland is that it is a nation of savers rather than borrowers. The need to have cash reserves to pay medical bills and school fees, or to buy a home, keeps mainland Chinese honest.

4 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

A few good men

Women all over the world are united by their quest for suitable partners. But finding a good man, or haonanren, on the mainland is getting easier as a new breed of male emerges in the major cities. Xinhaonanren, or new good men, have been called the equivalent of the west's metrosexuals: men who have rejected the macho behaviour of their forebears and embraced their more sensitive sides.

14 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Nicotine nation

A pall of smoke has been hanging over mainland cities for the past two weeks and, for once, it's not pollution. Instead, it's the acrid residue of the millions of fireworks and cigarettes that go up in smoke every Lunar New Year.

20 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

So blue, so blatant

It hasn't taken long for the first mainland internet catchphrase of 2008 to appear. 'So yellow (erotic), so violent' was coined by a 13-year-old Beijing middle school student on December 27, while being interviewed on CCTV about her opinion of the government's proposed new regulations for censoring video-sharing websites.

23 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Age of confusion

Deng Xiaoping's famous exhortation, 'to get rich is glorious', has been unofficially superseded on the mainland. Today, the mantra is 'greed is good' - from the 1987 movie Wall Street, which came to epitomise the 1980s in the west. The downside of that decade's feverish pursuit of money was a rise in social inequality and increasing cynicism about governments and state institutions.

14 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Suffering in silence

The foreign press have been busy highlighting the spate of scandals surrounding the safety and quality of mainland Chinese products made for export. But there has been surprisingly little discussion in the mainland media about the quality of goods produced for the domestic market. That's despite the fact that food safety is consistently cited as one of the public's major concerns.

5 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Uses and abuses

The internet's capacity to highlight the best and worst of human nature has been on display during the past few weeks. The Shanxi slave labour scandal emerged only after a group of fathers whose children were missing posted an anguished letter on the popular Tianya forum appealing for help.

27 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Play it again, Sam

With Asian movies increasingly being remade for western audiences, it has not taken long for Chinese authors to start claiming their stories are being copied by Hollywood. Li Jianmin, a playwright from Shandong Province , is the first man to have succeeded in getting a mainland court to hear his case.

18 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

No-go zones

The press have been attempting to flex their muscles on the mainland recently, with contrasting fortunes for two very different people. Guo Degang is a famous comedian who has been pilloried for advertising a fake medicinal product.

4 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Out of the shadows

The media have spent the past two weeks dutifully reporting every aspect of the annual sessions of the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. But while they were doing that, chat on the internet was dominated by two rather more sensational stories - about marginalised members of society who weren't represented at these meetings.

21 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Chasing runaway bike theft

The Lunar New Year, or chun jie, isn't just a time to let off fireworks and eat dumplings. It's also high season for bicycle thefts on the mainland, as desperate people seek cash to pay for a trip home to see their family.

7 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

A pig of a year?

It's the Year of the Pig and, across China, hospitals are preparing for an influx of pregnant women. Pig years have always been popular times for giving birth, as pig babies are regarded as easy-going and lucky.

21 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Don't blame Santa Claus

It was meant to be the season of goodwill, but Christmas on the mainland proved just the opposite. Only four days before the big day, 10 post-graduate students from three leading universities circulated an online petition calling for a boycott of Christmas.

10 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Cabbages going cheap

Students in their last year of university on the mainland have come up with a new nickname for themselves: dabaicai, or cabbages. It's what they call each other on their university bulletin boards and in online forums. It's the sort of gallows humour you'd expect to hear from condemned prisoners, but not from a nation's brightest young people.

27 Dec 2006 - 12:00am