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Wan Lixin Opinion deputy editor of Shanghai Daily

Email: wanlixin@shanghaidaily.com

‘Trash talks’ highlights dirty truth about waste and consumption

IN her book “Trash Talks: Revelations in the Rubbish,” philosophy professor Elizabeth V. Spelman confronts something we normally try to avoid: garbage. Most people don’t give trash much thought after ...

May 27, 2016, Friday


Planners need to find clean, safe solution to problems caused by mass car ownership

LAST Thursday I saw two pictures in a WeChat group used by parents in my son’s class. I’ve been so haunted by these images that I feel compelled to say something about them. The first picture showed ...

May 25, 2016, Wednesday


Effort needed to clean up public discourse sullied by slang, coarse online language

EARLY this month, a commentary in People’s Daily expressed concern at the increasingly widespread use of online terms and slang phrases in the traditional mass media. Some of these terms have even made ...

May 19, 2016, Thursday


World’s debt to finance laid out in ‘Money Changes Everything’

FINANCE, especially when stripped to its bare essentials of borrowing and lending, had long been viewed with suspicion in China. As traditional Chinese society placed a high premium on production (agriculture) ...

May 13, 2016, Friday


Whether you crave attention or oblivion, be wary of impressions left in online world

RECENTLY I got a letter from a reader who had two articles published in our paper while she was still a middle-school student. Now, older and wiser, she regrets her youthful writings, and requested that ...

May 11, 2016, Wednesday


Old treatise on aging filled with timeless wisdom for all people

IN much of China today, the question “how old are you?” is still an acceptable way to start a conversation. Chinese idealize the elderly as enlightened bearers of wisdom, worthy of greater veneration. ...

April 29, 2016, Friday


Pleasures of reading lost among people driven to distraction by online nonsense

In honor of World Book Day, which falls on April 23, China News Service published a photo that day showing dozens of young people reading on a Beijing metro car. This observance, established by UNESCO ...

April 27, 2016, Wednesday


Moral education cast aside when we are consumed by results and online fantasy

ON March 27, Lu Haiqing, a student at Sichuan Normal University, was hacked to death in his dormitory, allegedly by one of his roommates, a man surnamed Teng. According to a report by www.thepaper.cn, ...

April 20, 2016, Wednesday


Small city can thrive on local resources

ON Friday and Saturday, I was invited on a tour of Dafeng District of Yancheng, in Jiangsu Province, for the launch of its month-long tourism promotion campaign. Yes, there were plenty of tulips, pear ...

April 13, 2016, Wednesday


Book shows how little we still know about machine learning

LAST month, when the self-learning algorithm AlphaGo triumphed over South Korean Go master Lee Se-Dol, it made sensational news. Some even saw the victory as a step toward humanity’s eventual enslavement ...

April 8, 2016, Friday




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