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Letter from Beijing: Torn between China and the west

Was my anger justified, or was it a symptom of nationalism?

By Helen Gao   May 2014

Relatives of Chinese passengers onboard missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in a prayer room in Beijing © Ng Han Guan/AP/Press Association Images

One night in late March, I opened my Facebook newsfeed to find a string of posts on Flight MH370, the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared en route to Beijing on 8th March. Circulating among many of my Chinese friends was a paragraph from a recent issue of Time magazine, describing the missing passengers and their relatives, who were anxiously waiting for news:

“Many of the passengers…

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