ThinkChina, 思想中国

ThinkChina is an English language e-magazine with a China focus and powered by Singapore Press Holdings‘ flagship Chinese daily Lianhe Zaobao. We publish original reporting, opinion pieces and columns across a wide spectrum of topics, covering political, economic, socio-cultural and technological developments in China and the Greater China region.

A staff member takes photos of cherry blossoms at Wuhan University, 17 March 2020. (STR/AFP)

[Photo story] Cherry blossoms are blooming in Wuhan, but is it spring yet?

In these days of Covid-19, the world needs hope. As spring descends and the world renews itself, the cherry blossoms in Wuhan — where the coronavirus was first reported — remind us to take heart that no matter how long it takes, this too shall pass. (Did you know that the cherry blossoms in Wuhan University were first planted by the Japanese army during WWII?)
Ai Fen, director of The Central Hospital of Wuhan's emergency department. (Weibo)

[Photo story] How to keep an article alive on the Chinese internet? Netizens show off creativity

Texts written in reverse, replaced with emojis, and encrypted in morse code... Netizens demonstrated their creativity in resurrecting an interview with Ai Fen, director of The Central Hospital of Wuhan's emergency department, after it was removed by the authorities from the internet in China. ThinkChina traces how Chinese citizens banded together to keep an article alive, and shares a story of the "404 Building" written by a netizen.
Volunteers transporting daily necessities and medical supplies to places in need.

[Photo story] Everyday heroes: Selfless acts in the face of adversity

A man queuing and buying medicines for residents, chefs preparing signature dishes, a volunteer turned patient... ThinkChina takes a look at the ordinary lives in China and the heartwarming acts of kindness from everyday heroes.
Grilled snakes at a street market in China. (iStock)

Love for wild game: The history and the controversies

The Chinese people's love for consuming game meat goes back a long way, and is deeply rooted in history and culture. But doing so comes with risks, not least the risk of being infected by parasites, viruses, and bacteria. ThinkChina takes a look at how and why the Chinese eat various wild animals, as well as various other cultures that also have a penchant for game meat.
A Japanese calligrapher writes his prayers and blessings (难病退散,万病平愈, roughly, viruses retreat, and illnesses cured) for Wuhan on 9 February 2020, in the streets of Tokyo. (CNS)

[Photo story] We share the same sky and moon: China touched by Japan's friendship

ThinkChina takes you on a pictorial journey tracing the heartwarming deeds by the Japanese people amid the Covid-19 epidemic. These actions have won praise from Chinese society. However, with the Chinese's panic-buying of masks in Japan, and Japan's increasing number of confirmed cases, it is uncertain how long these gestures will last.
Medical staff of The Central Hospital of Wuhan work tirelessly at the front line. (The Central Hospital of Wuhan official Weibo)

Wuhan doctor Cai Yi: 'We are the Little Folk — we!'

In a heartfelt Weibo post, Dr Cai Yi, head of the Department of Pain Management at The Central Hospital of Wuhan, remembers Lin Jun, a shopkeeper at the hospital who passed away from Covid-19.
A message written in the snow of Beijing, along Tonghui River: "Goodbye, Li Wenliang." A person lies in the snow as an exclamation mark. (Weibo)

Internet: The whistleblower is dead, but we have to take care of that whistle

Dr Li Wenliang was the first to raise the alarm on the Wuhan coronavirus. However, he met with resistance and threats, in efforts to keep him quiet, until eventually he fell ill himself and did not recover. The outpouring of emotion from the internet community says volumes about this people's hero.
A young man posted this photo, along with the text: "Je suis Chinois, mais je ne suis pas un virus!! Je sais que tout le monde a peur au virus, mais pas de préjugé, svp. (I am Chinese, but I am not a virus! I know that everyone is afraid of the virus, but please do not pre-judge us.)" (@ChengwangL/Twitter)

[Photo story] When Chinese are not welcome

One month since the Wuhan coronavirus epidemic surfaced, accounts of racism have been reported around the world. Mainland Chinese, Hong Kongers, Taiwanese, people of Chinese or Asian descent, have been subjected to unfriendly and sometimes hostile and degrading words and behaviour. But some people are hoping to prove that solidarity in hard times does exist.
Life in "double" lockdown: A banner with large, unwelcoming words towards people from Wuhan.

[Photo story] Shunned everywhere, Hubei people want to go home

Some people of China are taking matters into their own hands with barricades and roadblocks to keep Hubei people out. Information of people arriving from Wuhan are shared, and Wuhan and Hubei people, regardless of whether they are infected, become online shaming targets. These Weibo photos provide a glimpse of life in “double” lockdown. And the people from Hubei who are travelling outside? They are yearning to go back home.