Longform stories of the year, and top slogans

26 Dec

If you like longform stories and you like reading about China, the Shanghaiist has the perfect list for you. The “10 best longform stories of 2013” include features on a “black jail” guard, the problems with traditional Chinese medicine, and the sad fate of an 85-year-old gynaecologist who exposed an AIDS scandal in the 1990s.

The BBC lists important official slogans that have been used to describe major goals in China in the past 57 years. One of these- “改革开放” (gaige kaifang) – was for Deng Xiaoping’s reform and opening up that started in 1978 and is also used by Chinese to refer to the event. Slogans are popular because they’re short and simple, and they resemble traditional Chinese proverbs or 成語 (chengyu), which are often short as well.

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