Audrey Jiajia Li

Audrey Jiajia Li is a freelance columnist and independent filmmaker from Guangzhou, China.
Audrey Jiajia Li
Audrey Jiajia Li is a freelance columnist and independent filmmaker from Guangzhou, China.

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Opinion | How Hong Kong protesters are turning off their mainland Chinese supporters

With Tiananmen in recent memory, even the most liberal-minded mainland Chinese find violence hard to accept. As protests in Hong Kong become more disruptive and radical, and xenophobic slurs more prominent, support among former sympathisers is waning.

29 Aug 2019 - 10:59AM

With Tiananmen in recent memory, even the most liberal-minded mainland Chinese find violence hard to accept. As protests in Hong Kong become more disruptive and radical, and xenophobic slurs more prominent, support among former sympathisers is waning.

How Hong Kong protesters are turning off their mainland Chinese supporters
Opinion | Hong Kong protesters must not become the monsters they are fighting and lose moral legitimacy

Recent scenes of young Hongkongers ganging up on others who don’t share their views recall the excesses of the Mao era. Behaving so, protesters risk losing the moral authority they have so far accumulated.

1 Aug 2019 - 9:01AM

Recent scenes of young Hongkongers ganging up on others who don’t share their views recall the excesses of the Mao era. Behaving so, protesters risk losing the moral authority they have so far accumulated.

Hong Kong protesters must not become the monsters they are fighting and lose moral legitimacy
Opinion | With divergent values, it’s increasingly difficult for Hongkongers and mainlanders to understand each other

As Hongkongers take to the streets to fight for their freedoms, young people on the mainland embrace nationalism, having seen only China’s impressive growth. With a lack of shared history due to the Great Firewall, it’s no wonder that mistrust is on the rise.

1 Jul 2019 - 7:07AM

As Hongkongers take to the streets to fight for their freedoms, young people on the mainland embrace nationalism, having seen only China’s impressive growth. With a lack of shared history due to the Great Firewall, it’s no wonder that mistrust is on the rise.

With divergent values, it’s increasingly difficult for Hongkongers and mainlanders to understand each other
Opinion | Stanford admissions scandal is a cautionary tale for crazy rich Chinese on the perils of playing up ‘hard work’

The backlash against Zhao Yusi, whose narrative of reaping the rewards of her own efforts earned scorn after it was revealed that her family had paid a large sum to Stanford University, is a reminder to the wealthy to be honest about their advantages.

9 May 2019 - 5:22AM

The backlash against Zhao Yusi, whose narrative of reaping the rewards of her own efforts earned scorn after it was revealed that her family had paid a large sum to Stanford University, is a reminder to the wealthy to be honest about their advantages.

Stanford admissions scandal is a cautionary tale for crazy rich Chinese on the perils of playing up ‘hard work’
Opinion | Who’s making China look ugly now? Anger over Zara’s ad showing freckle-faced model Li Jingwen only puts Chinese people’s lack of confidence on show

The overreaction on social media to an advert featuring a freckle-faced Chinese model points to the sad reality that despite the country’s wealth and power on the global stage, many people still aren’t open-minded or confident enough to see beauty in truth.

27 Feb 2019 - 10:51AM

The overreaction on social media to an advert featuring a freckle-faced Chinese model points to the sad reality that despite the country’s wealth and power on the global stage, many people still aren’t open-minded or confident enough to see beauty in truth.

Who’s making China look ugly now? Anger over Zara’s ad showing freckle-faced model Li Jingwen only puts Chinese people’s lack of confidence on show
Opinion | China’s blockbuster The Wandering Earth has a message: collective action tops individual freedom in times of crisis

Unlike in hit US films, Chinese cinema’s latest sci-fi movie lacks individual heroes, and the focus on group effort to resolve crises reflects the country’s response to a century of hardship.

16 Feb 2019 - 4:52AM

Unlike in hit US films, Chinese cinema’s latest sci-fi movie lacks individual heroes, and the focus on group effort to resolve crises reflects the country’s response to a century of hardship.

China’s blockbuster The Wandering Earth has a message: collective action tops individual freedom in times of crisis
Opinion | This Lunar New Year, let’s have fewer questions about our private lives and more discussion of society’s ills

Lunar New Year gatherings can be a harrowing time for single women and those without children, who are grilled on their lifestyle choices. More difficult questions about events in the public domain, however, are always avoided.

2 Feb 2019 - 3:42PM

Lunar New Year gatherings can be a harrowing time for single women and those without children, who are grilled on their lifestyle choices. More difficult questions about events in the public domain, however, are always avoided.

This Lunar New Year, let’s have fewer questions about our private lives and more discussion of society’s ills
Opinion | Francis Fukuyama: China-US relations will get worse before they get better – and not just because of Trump

The author of The End of History speaks of how his views have changed amid China’s rise on the global stage, and how hostility towards China among US businesspeople has become the driving force behind deteriorating relations.

30 Nov 2018 - 6:17AM

The author of The End of History speaks of how his views have changed amid China’s rise on the global stage, and how hostility towards China among US businesspeople has become the driving force behind deteriorating relations.

Francis Fukuyama: China-US relations will get worse before they get better – and not just because of Trump
What makes a good journalist in China? Someone willing to go on the attack in defence of Communist Party propaganda, it seems

Under orders from Xi Jinping and party bosses, Chinese journalists have been increasingly weaponised to not only spread the party line but attack opposing views.

11 Oct 2018 - 3:03PM

Under orders from Xi Jinping and party bosses, Chinese journalists have been increasingly weaponised to not only spread the party line but attack opposing views.

What makes a good journalist in China? Someone willing to go on the attack in defence of Communist Party propaganda, it seems
Opinion | ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ the poster child of diversity? It’s only skin-deep

For all its charm, the movie reinforces the stereotypes that Asians are materialistic and Asian Americans are a ‘model minority’. Meanwhile, Singapore comes across as mono-cultural, rather than the multicultural country it is.

13 Sep 2018 - 12:38PM

For all its charm, the movie reinforces the stereotypes that Asians are materialistic and Asian Americans are a ‘model minority’. Meanwhile, Singapore comes across as mono-cultural, rather than the multicultural country it is.

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ the poster child of diversity? It’s only skin-deep
Opinion | From Singapore to the US, overseas Chinese are increasingly fearful of criticising Beijing. Is this what China wants?

With the resources at its disposal, China could build a friendlier and more magnanimous image on the global stage, rather than coerce its people and others to always toe the official line.

6 Jul 2018 - 2:48PM

With the resources at its disposal, China could build a friendlier and more magnanimous image on the global stage, rather than coerce its people and others to always toe the official line.

From Singapore to the US, overseas Chinese are increasingly fearful of criticising Beijing. Is this what China wants?
Chinese social media storm over reporter’s eye-roll highlights impatience with staged political events

The social media frenzy surrounding a reporter’s sardonic facial expression at China’s ‘two sessions’ press conference sheds a light on people’s frustration.

15 Mar 2018 - 12:10PM

The social media frenzy surrounding a reporter’s sardonic facial expression at China’s ‘two sessions’ press conference sheds a light on people’s frustration.

Chinese social media storm over reporter’s eye-roll highlights impatience with staged political events
Blackface skit on TV gala a sign that rising China needs to combat racial and ethnic stereotyping

China’s growing influence in the world comes with a responsibility to respect other races and ethnic minorities.

21 Feb 2018 - 3:36PM

China’s growing influence in the world comes with a responsibility to respect other races and ethnic minorities.

Blackface skit on TV gala a sign that rising China needs to combat racial and ethnic stereotyping
A #MeToo movement in China starts with letting women say ‘no’ to offensive content
Beijing’s cruel eviction of its migrant workers is a stain on China’s urbanisation drive

The rural masses who go to the cities in search of a better life do not deserve to be treated as disposable labour, particularly given their contribution to China’s development

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

The rural masses who go to the cities in search of a better life do not deserve to be treated as disposable labour, particularly given their contribution to China’s development

Beijing’s cruel eviction of its migrant workers is a stain on China’s urbanisation drive
China, a model for gender equality? The reality would say otherwise
As Communist Party censors ban all criticism in China’s classrooms, what remains?
Money alone can’t build China a thriving movie industry
‘I have no enemies’: Why Liu Xiaobo’s passing is a sad story for China and its people
How China can gain from clearing the air over freedom of speech
Hong Kong’s firm grip on the law in Occupy police assault case is a valuable lesson for the mainland
Why China’s ‘Trump fever’ has cooled so quickly
Is Singapore still the model authoritarian state for China?