Two interesting articles on the struggle over what folks think in China. Or, rather, what they say about what they think.

(SHANGHAI, CHINA) September 13, 2011 – Love blooms over free coffee for the 45 to 65 set at Ikea in Shanghai, but management would just like them all to go away.

(HONG KONG, SHANGHAI, BEIJING) JULY, AUGUST, 2008 – China suffocated dissent as Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt broke records to make the Beijing Olympics one of the greatest spectacles of the summer of 2008.

(COMPUTERWORLD) JUN 26, 2006 – Although all Chinese nationals officially speak Mandarin, in practice, the local dialects can be mutually unintelligible.