Author: Graeme Smith and Louisa Lim

China's preoccupation with cartography now seems to be reaching into classrooms, websites and academic journals around the world, with an increasing number of demands for retractions and apologies for maps that do not comport with Beijing's view of its borders. In this episode, John Zinda,...

China’s aid and growing influence in the South Pacific is causing alarm, with an Australian minister recently complaining about Chinese-funded 'roads to nowhere'. In this month's episode, Louisa and Graeme are joined by award winning journalist Jo Chandler to discuss the challenges brought by a...

Xi Jinping's Chinese Dream has a dark side exemplified by the emergence of villages specialising in a single type of crime, from 'hand-cutting' pickpockets to 'cake-uncles' expert in accounting fraud. Officially, China boasts one of the lowest murder rates in the world, claiming a forty-three...

Reviled in the West, the slimy bottom-feeders known as sea cucumbers or bêche-de-mer (BDM) have recently been described as the ‘the gold of the sea’. Skyrocketing demand for this prized feature of Chinese wedding banquets has driven up the price of bêche-de-mer (lit. ‘worm of...

A new brand of Chinese political artists are using the once borderless expanse of cyberspace as a virtual studio, a collaboration space and a digital museum, crowdsourcing and sharing work about China that could never be shown there. But as Beijing’s influence—and censorship—extends beyond China’s...

Beijing's failed attempt to force Cambridge University Press to censor its own catalogue is just one prong in an escalating campaign to tighten control over China's recent historical record. In this new episode of the Little Red Podcast, Louisa and Graeme are joined by Glenn...

Under Xi Jinping, history in China is a moving feast. This year, China’s Ministry of Education increased the length of the Second World War by six years, to 'place a greater emphasis on China’s ‘red revolution'. And from September, China is rolling out new school...

The Chairman of Everything is tightening his grip over the media, pushing control into new spheres ahead of the Nineteenth Party Congress. As the state-run media—traditionally the tongue and throat of the Party—moves onto digital platforms, innovations in control include a welter of new regulations...

Chairman Mao urged the Chinese people to never forget class struggle. But they not only forgot, they stopped using the word altogether. Louisa and Graeme talk to Wanning Sun from the University of Technology, Sydney, and Yingjie Guo from Sydney University about how class has...