Andy Boreham

Columnist
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China's gaokao masters will no longer receive star treatment, and that's great

While the imperial system – and with it those imperial examinations – came to an end in 1905, China has clung on to its obsession with exams, and mastering them.
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Online democracy has its pluses, but it also has a dark side

Online democracy doesn't always end with positive results, especially if you take off your rose-tinted glasses for a minute.
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Why I think China will succeed where the West fails in battle to protect Mother Nature

It's going to be a tough battle with many challenges and difficulties, but "we must bite the bullet and overcome them," President Xi Jinping stressed.
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Dependence on smartphones normal, but also just a little bit frightening

Food, water and other essentials, plus all the amazingly useless gadgets and toys I buy online, all formed an invisible but strong link between my phone and my physical address.
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Peppa Pig and the American girl who wore a qipao to prom and was attacked for it

A lot happens on the Internet every day, not just in China but around the world. Two big things that stuck out for me were Peppa Pig and the US girl who got attacked for her qipao.

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Shanghai is the mainland's top city for expats again, but what do you love about living here?

In case you didn't know, Shanghai was recently voted, for the sixth year in a row, the most attractive city for expats living on Chinese mainland. Are you surprised?
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Being gay is okay, despite Sina Weibo's assertions otherwise

I admit to feeling a bit upset when Sina Weibo equated homosexuality with pornography and bloody violence recently.
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Is it time to make Shanghai more pedestrian-friendly?

I've written a few columns before about my traffic frustrations in Shanghai, often placing much of the blame on pedestrians. I might have been wrong.
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Buckle up and enjoy the ride as Shanghai rockets into the future

As far as development goes, you really can't get any quicker than the kind China, and Shanghai in particular, have experienced over the past few decades, and it's not over yet!
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Jaywalkers to be punished, but what about those blasted drivers?

We all know traffic problems abound in Shanghai, much the same as any metropolis, but are measures to punish jaywalkers only tackling part of the problem?
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