Chiafu Chen 陳家福

April 9, 20122 Comments

Video: Ode to Older Unmarried Artistic Girls

This is a song that has been widely circulating around the Chinese cyberspace since 2009. Upon first hearing it, I immediately recognize the universal value in the type of frustration it expresses: not only is it relatable to women in China, but  perhaps also to many who live elsewhere in this industrialized world. (read our related [...]

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November 2, 201113 Comments

The Ordinary, the Artistic and the Idiotic (Putong, Wenyi and Erbi) – the hottest Internet meme happening now in China

It all started just like any other Internet memes. Some folks on the internets posted a series of composite photos, each consisting of three images of some young people. From left to right, or top to bottom, the three images would respectively represent An ordinary youth (putong qingnian, 普通青年), An artistic youth (wenyi qingnian, 文艺青年, [...]

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October 30, 20114 Comments

report email

From Translate: Renminbi circulation and anti-fraud report hot line and email address. According to some netizens, an email sent to this address will actually get through.

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October 7, 20112 Comments

Death of Steve Jobs: Assorted Reactions

Apart from the common words of commemoration and condolences that’s perhaps shared throughout the globe, here are some more interesting ones, many of which show a more standoffish attitude. First, a hot topic that was quickly passed around on Weibo was about a remark made by a guy called Pan Shiyi, aka “China’s most visible [...]

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September 28, 2011One Comment

Kun Opera on Nanjing subway

Kunqu, or Kun Opera, boasting its 600 years of history, recently made a refreshing appearance on Nanjing’s subway train. The campaign, titled “The Grreat Beauty of Kunqu sees its entry and play in the Subway” [Chia-fu signs at the inherent loss of meaning and beauty in translation], is a joint venture by Nanjing metro authority [...]

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March 23, 2011No Comments

College student makes a formal dress…with maxipads

From Mop The Department of Fine Arts at Chongqing Education College held a creativity competition themed “Social Cause, Environmentalism, Fashion.” Two pretty freshmen girls from the department made by hand an evening dress with over 100 sanitary napkins that cost a total of 60 yuan ($10). It won critical acclaim. Well, just pray that this [...]

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March 23, 2011One Comment

Video: how to walk the dog without actually walking

Original Tudou Version: 流氓的鸭子 Not bad. Can even force people stand to the right. 一宅一天 ╮(╯▽╰)╭ but to the small puppy, this is a painstaking running mill. haha. zhengshitou Puppy is losing weight. edithxl This should not be encouraged. First, the puppy will be scared. Second, if the puppy retreated up the escalator, accident can [...]

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March 18, 20114 Comments

“Major General genre” – how the Chinese make fun of Mao’s grandson’s senseless talk

Mao Xinyu, Mao Zedong’s grandson. He was recently promoted to Major General in Chinese military, and has a Ph.D in military studies. He frequently appears on TV interviews and was often commended for his charisma and wisdom. People love him. People hail to him. Chinese netizens are fond of praising every single comment he makes. [...]

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February 21, 20112 Comments

It’s just like them TV dramaz: Two girls fight over the same guy (with English subtitles)

Well, fake or real, this is simply too darn funny not to merit a post AND a promotion to our prestigious “Featured Article” status. Let the lulz commence.

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January 27, 201127 Comments

Overseas Chinese students’ reactions to the “Tiger Mom” parenting controversy

Chia-fu: By far, I think it is safe to assume that the majority of MiniTofu readers have heard of the name Amy Chua, aka the “Tiger Mother”. (For those uninitiated, read here and here. ) As a frequenter to Chinese forums, I came across this interesting and quite provocative thread on MITBBS, a famous online [...]

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January 13, 20117 Comments

Chinese students are paid to “spontaneously” welcome President’s visit to the U.S.

From Radio Free Asia and Boxun Chinese President Hu Jintao is about to visit the United States later this month. Meanwhile, Chinese consulates and student associations in U.S. universities are gathering steam to mobilize students’ interest. Multiple Chinese student associations based in and near Washington D.C. and Chicago have issued notices saying that those who [...]

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November 16, 2010No Comments

8 years old skilled pickpocket girl caught on tape, Chinese netizen reactions

Candid footage. Zhengzhou street thief girl. She is at most eight or night years old. I am speechless. YouTube version: chiekeychen: This little girl is so amazing. I have to worship her. 咬电线: This is seriously immoral. tian杀的: Nobody ever bothered to remind them? chiekeychen: I was once pickpocketed by a girl at her age, [...]

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November 15, 20105 Comments

“Shocking”: 22 years old non-mainstream girl dresses like 7 years old; Chinese netizen reactions

Original post in Chinese from Selected comments from Chinese netizens: is_盼盼: Another one [whose mind is] poisoned by the Japanese. ツLǒvのcat: Looks much like an inflatable doll. 最美好的时光: メ乖,給祢糖: What kind of face is this? Looks like an alien. 三刀: Ringu Melody、: Fake. I actually know the person in the photos. She is still [...]

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November 10, 20102 Comments

Impressions of North Korea: A Chinese Tourist’s Photo Diary – Part 3 (of 3)

Previous parts: Impressions of North Korea – Part 1 (of 3) Impressions of North Korea – Part 2 (of 3) 38. On October 2, we were arranged to go to Panmunjom, a place that we had longed to visit. The distance between Pyongyang and Panmunjom is 168 km. This road is roughly equivalent to an [...]

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November 7, 2010No Comments

Guangzhou’s Sex Cultural Festival 2010

This post is a complication from the following Chinese sources: Original post on original post from Click on an image below to zoom in and get a translated description.

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November 6, 20105 Comments

Chinese College mistress “price list” and contract exposed online

Original post in Chinese on Recently, a post titled “it costs only twenty thousand yuan to keep a beautiful Shanghai college mistress” has become quite popular over the internet. The post gives price quotes of keeping beauties from some of the major colleges in Shanghai. Some of the girls are priced at as cheap [...]

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October 31, 20104 Comments

Impressions of North Korea: A Chinese Tourist’s Photo Diary – Part 2 (of 3)

Previous part: Impressions of North Korea – Part 1 (of 3) 13. This is our coach. Before dinner, our tour guide decided to take us to Kim Il Sung’s former residence, which was not far away from our hotel. One of our tour guide’s name is Li Jun, and we call him Li Dao [Dao [...]

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October 29, 20102 Comments

Impressions of North Korea: A Chinese Tourist’s Photo Diary – Part 1 (of 3)

Chiafu: Howdy MiniTofu fans. Today I present you the first part of a three-part North Korea trip diary with wonderfully detailed photos and accounts. The post was originally published by an unnamed Chinese national, who had the fortune of visiting North Korea as a tourist back in 2005. It has since been reposted on a number [...]

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October 24, 20104 Comments

Ten Things Never to Do in China, and Chiafu’s comments

Chiafu: I came across a great article on that lists out ten things that foreigners should avoid doing while interacting with native Chinese, in order to save them from “certain embarrassment and possibly even outright humiliation”. It is a very useful article and all the ten things it points out are very common and worth paying [...]

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