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In China, voters pick ‘Clinton,’ ‘Trump’ and ‘braised chicken’ over locals

3 months ago
Sky Canaves
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ome voters in China’s local elections, which are held every five years, wrote in candidates who stood absolutely no chance. “If your vote doesn’t have any meaning, then why not just pick something that’s funny, or just pick in a satirical fashion?” says Li Fan, director of the World and China Institute.
By Sky Canaves
Sky Canaves previously reported for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she covered media, culture, social issues, and legal affairs, and served as the founding editor and lead writer of the WSJ’s China Real Time site. Prior to becoming a journalist, Sky worked in the China corporate law practice of Baker & McKenzie, and she has also taught journalism and media law at the University of Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin and has accumulated more than a decade's experience living, studying and working in China.
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