About Tea Leaf Nation
Tea Leaf Nation decodes Chinese media, analyzes social trends, and features Chinese voices, all to illuminate the country from within.
This 18-Year-Old Chinese Woman Is Beating the Schools at Sex Ed
In a nation where textbooks still teach that sex before marriage mars girls forever, Yao Sifan is offering a feminist take on the facts of life.
Beijing Deals Another Blow to Hong Kong’s Autonomy
An oppressive ruling by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee — aided by a compliant Hong Kong judge — has silenced champions of democracy.
China’s New Megacity: The Anti-Beijing
The government will build another metropolis from scratch. But it's not planning on following the old playbook.
Is Beijing Getting Scared of Homeschooled Confucian Activists?
The Communist Party's enthusiasm for private Confucian schools is cooling. It could be fearful of a moral system outside its control.
It’s Not Communism Holding China’s Youth Back. It’s Their Parents.
Pressure to save, marry, and work leaves no room for democratic aspirations.
When Marx Meets Islam
A Chinese regulation would prohibit online insults based on religion. Some decry it as antithetical to Communist values.
Heads, Beijing Wins. Tails, Hong Kong Loses.
The 2017 race for Chief Executive was supposed to be a watershed exercise in democracy. Instead, it may be a coronation.
What Just Happened in Beijing?
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson surprised many by parroting Chinese talking points, but it's unlikely to signal a policy shift.
Ukraine Wants NATO’s Help Against Russia’s WMDs
Will the Kaliningrad Crisis Lead to War?
What Does China Want in Ethiopia?
What Erdogan Gets by Being a Spoiler in NATO
Ukraine Is the Korean War Redux
Pyongyang’s Not Picking Up the Phone
America Is Losing Its Value Proposition
We Are Now in a Global Cold War
Who Managed COVID-19 Best, and Why?
From Pushkin to Putin: Russian Literature’s Imperial Ideology
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Britain’s Post-Brexit Identity Crisis
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