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Annoying Tourists Disrupt Xiamen University Campus
by Shirley Xu    Tue, Jul 8, 2014, 12:31 AM

Commentary Series by Shirley Xu, Xiamen University School of Journalism student

XIAMEN, CHINA:  Since there are too many tourists visiting campus, Xiamen University has set up a travel limit regulation in 2012. Yet there are still over 1,700 tourists visiting here daily. Is Xiamen University a touristic spot?

According to this regulation, tourists can enter campus only during 12:00 to 14:00 or after 17:00 on weekdays, and during the daytime on weekends. Every day, the west gate welcomes 300 tourists, while the south gate welcomes 700. Tourists must register their personal information with their ID cards to enter school.

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Elderly Maoists Forget Cultural Revolution Horrors
by Andy Hu    Mon, Jul 7, 2014, 11:58 PM

Commentary Series by Andy Hu, Xiamen University School of Journalism student

XIAMEN, CHINA:  There are always some people honoring the era of Culture Revolution, and even beautify their experiences of "passion years" again and again, deluding their youth. If someone is willing to face the "Culture Revolution", confess their sins, and expose the truth, perhaps young people would get sober-minded. Confession, however, as the "Culture Revolution" the voice is very faint, is often overwhelmed with cries of “Innocence."

Only in the early 1980 s when "scar literature" almost become a literary theme, there existed an uncompleted reflection but far away from confession. Soon the "scar literature" were exposed, and so did reflection. Then a set of books "History Here Meditation" reflected on the "Culture Revolution", soon fell into silence in the face of the painful history without deep introspection. The following is a diffuse "nostalgia" up to now often with a romantic some tears and laughter the signs of Holocaust" nearly wiped out. Even someone deems it as the “passion years,” which has inspired many unexperienced young people’s passionate for that.

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Much Ado about Family Feuds
by Bob Wu    Mon, Jul 7, 2014, 11:23 PM

Commentary Series by Bob Wu, Xiamen University School of Journalism student

XIAMEN, CHINA:  Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy by William Shakespeare which is thought to have been written in 1598 and 1599, as Shakespeare was approaching the middle of his career. Much Ado About Nothing is generally considered one of Shakespeare's best comedies, since it combines elements of robust hilarity with more serious meditations on honor, shame, and court politics. Like As You Like It and Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, though interspersed with darker concerns, is a joyful comedy that ends with multiple marriages and no deaths.

The comedy is about two couples. The names of the four young people are Claudio, Hero, Benedick and Beatrice.

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Chinese 'Primadonna' CCTV News Anchor, Chaijing
by Tracy Zhang    Mon, Jul 7, 2014, 11:14 PM

Commentary Series by Tracy Zhang, Xiamen University School of Journalism student

XIAMEN, CHINA:  Chaijin is a famous investigative journalist and anchor of CCTV in China. Once she and some journalists of other medias showed up in a news release conference. Dramatically, when other journalists saw her, they all rushed to her to interview her. In 2013, she published a book recording about her career as journalist. Now she is 38 years old and married a artist.

In fact, she is not generally accepted by chinese. One reasons would be that she gave birth to a baby in the United States, that means the baby will have a U.S citizenship.

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Chinese Cafes Cash in on Late Night World Cup
by Sara Tongu    Mon, Jul 7, 2014, 10:31 PM

Commentary Series by Sara Tongu, Xiamen University School of Journalism student

XIAMEN, CHINA:  Although China’s soccer team is absent from the World Cup - a great show of football. Chinese soccer fans also show their extreme enthusiasm for the Football Carnival. Numerous fans are willing to sacrifice their sleep-usually from midnight to 8am in the morning to cheer their favorable teams. Not before long, students in Xiamen University have been welcomed a wonderful chance to sit together to watch a live telecast. The café shops around their dormitory, for example, the Bashe café posted a big poster claiming they will provide a special service for students to watch in the café shop through the whole night if there are football matches on that day. The only condition would be that the students must pay 20 RMB ($3.00 US) each night.

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Copycat Syndrome Prevails on Chinese TV
by Ceci Zhao    Mon, Jul 7, 2014, 10:22 PM

Commentary Series by Ceci Zhao, Xiamen University School of Journalism student

XIAMEN, CHINA:  Chinese people have become used to watch variety shows, for there was nothing but only this kind of shows in China before, and as many different kinds of reality shows have been broadcast beyond imagination nowadays, we audiences get much wider choices. Hence, why the exotica can be accepted by nationals with such great speed, that is a big question. In order to obtain more extensive perspectives, I’ve interviewed several persons randomly.

Most believe that it is money and market that make reality shows grow just like mushrooms these years. However, a weak point they all put forward is that most shows lack in originality. What we all know is that many Chinese TV stations have introduced foreign shows from South Korea and Europe by buying their copyright at present. In other words, we really buy their ideas. One interviewee said she used to watch Day Day Up made by Hunan TV, but then she found there were too many parts even the theme song that were similar with several Japanese shows, so she gave up. Later I asked her what she depended on to judge the show had copied Japanese shows, just the time, she said yes. Maybe she is right.

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Most Popular Chinese Mag Stays on Top for Many Years
by Linda Wang    Mon, Jul 7, 2014, 10:14 PM

Commentary Series by Linda Wang, Xiamen University School of Journalism student

XIAMEN, CHINA:  Readers is one of China's comprehensive most literature digests, which has a circulation of about 7.5 million per month, ranking first for a continuous twelve-year in China.

Readers was first published in January 1981 in Gansu province, fortnightly. The launch followed the example of the US Readers's Digest. Although compared with Readers's Digest that started in 1922, the Chinese version is much younger and the development of the magazine is astonishing. During 30 years growth, Readers has received much praise as a Chinese mind reader.

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Chinese Universities Must Focus on Real Jobs Training
by Field Tan    Mon, Jul 7, 2014, 09:56 PM

Commentary Series by Field Tan, Xiamen School of Journalism student

XIAMEN, CHINA:  A research study published last year showed that the rate of employment of college students graduating in 2013 is 71.9%. This is lower than ever before.

At this time of year, many students struggle to find jobs. Universities have sent out 7270000 graduates to society this year. However, employment for them remains unsatisfied. Employment has been a big problem for university for such a long time.

Chang Qiang, a student majoring in economics in Xiamen University, said “I am studying economics, it seems that the major is very good as its admission’s line is higher. But every years there are so many students graduating from this major while there are not enough opportunities. So I worry about that.”

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Awful Chinese Movie; The Break Up Guru
by Emma Wu    Mon, Jul 7, 2014, 09:46 PM

Commentary Series by Emma Emma Wu, Xiamen University School of Journalism student

XIAMEN, CHINA:  Recently a new movie has been released in China. The movie is called The Breakup Guru, with famous actors, Deng Chao and Yang Mi, acting in leading roles for the comedy film.

The actors proclaim the movie through their Weibo websites and, maybe due the celebrity impact, The Breakup Guru and the Hollywood blockbuster, Transformers IV, opened on the same day for screening, and still the movie generated 150 million RMB for box office in just three days. When I went to watch the movie with my roommate, tickets were nearly sold out for the day. They employed an an excellent marketing campaign and it seemed to be very popular. But was it really a good movie worth paying for a ticket? Well,let’s listen to some different voices.

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Pax Obama: Bahrain Expels US Diplomats for Warmongering
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Jul 7, 2014, 08:39 PM

Bahrain has expelled US diplomats from their borders for engaging in warmongering activities.

According to the Houston Chronicle, "Bahrain ordered a top U.S. diplomat to leave the country on Monday after he met with a leading Shiite opposition group. The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski is not welcome in Bahrain. It said he intervened in the country's domestic affairs by holding meetings with some groups at the expense of others."

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