January 18, 2016No Comments

Police uncover a massive counterfeit cosmetics network on Taobao

A series of arrests in Dongguan have revealed a massive counterfeit cosmetics network operating on Taobao, China’s notorious online marketplace. Creams, sunscreens, and soaps of some well-known western brands were counterfeited and sold on a number of Taobao stores for nearly two years before authorities caught the operators. Some of these Taobao vendors were found [...]

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December 23, 2015No Comments

Xi pushes “cyber sovereignty” at the World Internet Conference in China

The 3rd World Internet Conference, initiated and hosted by China, wrapped up last week in Wuzhen. During the conference, President Xi made several remarks promoting ”cyber sovereignty”, or the idea that each country should be free to govern the internet the way they see fit. Emphasis was placed on governance and maintaining “peace and order” while still [...]

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December 16, 2015No Comments

Uber accused of running a sweatshop of interns in China

  By Xing China has developed a bad reputation as a country rife with labor abuses. Whether it be the Foxconn suicides in Shenzhen or abuses at Mattel toy factories in Dongguan, it appears that workers rights are continually threatened in the midst of frenetic economic expansion in China. However, labor abuses are not only limited [...]

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December 4, 2015One Comment

Alipay launches “I got sued for helping a senior citizen” insurance

Good Samaritan Laws in China When I first arrived in China from Canada, one of the first pieces of advice I was given by my local friends was to never help anyone on the bus or on the streets, even if they were injured. I was informed of several high profile cases in the news [...]

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October 24, 20135 Comments

Chinese woman got neck stuck between railings; no onlookers helped her in 30 min

A woman got her neck trapped between roadside rails in Beijing Monday morning. For about half an hour, all passersby looked on curiously without helping her. She was pronouned brain dead at local hospital this morning. Security camera footage showed that the woman accidentally slid her neck into the 4-finger-wide space between two bars when [...]

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October 15, 2013One Comment

China’s Liberal Arts Colleges: Going Against the Mainstream

Charlene Zheyan Ni is Ministry of Tofu’s contributor. This video blog post of hers also appears on LinkAsia. Liberal arts education in China is still in its experimental stage, and a majority of college students are pursuing more practical science degrees. While top universities in China have embraced the value of this teaching method since [...]

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September 5, 2013One Comment

The Most Idyllic and Pristine College Campus in China (Hint: def not PKU or THU)

The site of Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts used to be part of a rural village. After moving in, the school authorities manage to preserve everything ranging from fields and soil to ponds and bamboo forests and farmhouses. Exterior walls of student halls and buildings are not painted in any unnatural color. Farm tools commonly [...]

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August 28, 20132 Comments

Learn From Everyone – A knowledge sharing initiative launched by young Chinese

Written by Charlene Ni, co-founder of LFE, who is also a contributor at Ministry of Tofu.     向学LFE (Learn From Everyone) is an NGO committed to sharing interesting knowledge, stories and opinions regardless of the social status of their owners. It is founded by a group of Chinese college students studying in the U.S. with [...]

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August 28, 2013No Comments

6-year-old boy has eyes gouged out after being drugged, corneas missing

Source: IFENG Screen grab of a local television report. Headline reads, “Cruel! 6-year-old Child Has Eyes Gouged Out” A 6-year-old Chinese boy in central China had his eyes gouged out after the perpetrator abducted the child away from home into the middle of nowhere and drugged him. The boy, still hospitalized, is not in any [...]

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August 27, 2013One Comment

My Video Story for LinkAsia: The App Has Eyes: China’s Social Surveillance Spooks

I struggled for a long time whether to share this, but here it is… I so wish I had put on some makeup.

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August 1, 20132 Comments

Ou Leili: China’s Wheelchair Bomber Shines Light on Injustice, Disability Rights

Ou Leili is a contributor at Ministry of Tofu. You can learn more about her on our About page. “I am festering away, paralyzed and over 100,000 yuan (US $16,303.60) in debt. Our family has suffered an unimaginable fate.” This declaration was translated from the now-deleted blog of Ji Zhongxing. Ji, a 34-year-old man from [...]

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July 30, 2013One Comment

Zheyan Ni: Chinese Box Office Hit Flaunts Wealth, Angers Communists

Zheyan Ni is a contributor at Ministry of Tofu. You can learn more about her on our About page. Tiny Times was released on June.27. It’s based on the director Guo Jingming’s  best-selling novel published in 2007. The movie portrays the urban lives of four college graduates in Shanghai, their friendship, relationships and careers. The movie’s [...]

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July 18, 20133 Comments

Chinese professor: Raping female escorts is less harmful than raping honest women

Li Tianyi, the 17-year-old son of a nationally known Chinese folk singer who holds the military rank of major general, has been charged with gang-raping one woman in February alongside four other teens. The case has been the center of attention in the past few months as it provides perfect fodder for social hatred in [...]

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July 16, 2013One Comment

A Court in China Gives Citizens Metaphorical Warning

Recently, a bizzarre poster in the city of Manzhouli, China, has surprised netizens there. The poster was put out by People’s Court in Manzhouli, warning people to obey the law, other wise they could turn from “a fresh daisy” to “a shriveled sunflower”. To give you a bit of context here, “daisy” and “chrysanthemum” in [...]

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July 12, 20134 Comments

Brutally abused girl got help from Weibo

Picked up from Wenxuecity.com A little girl in eastern China’s Wuhu city has been brutally abused and locked up by her own father and step-mother. Every night, she has to sleep in the bathroom. Before beating her, her step-mother often stuffs a towel into her mouth so that her cry won’t be heard easily. But [...]

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July 4, 20134 Comments

Students’ humiliation of Hong Kong’s chief sparks debate about free speech

Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung was given thumbs-down, the middle finger, ‘No’ signs and was even mooned at the commencement by students at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts last week. In return, Leung greeted each of his protesters nothing but an awkward smile. Long seen as a puppet leader installed by Beijing, [...]

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June 25, 2013No Comments

Big slumber party on Chinese campus

Temperatures in half of China hit 35 Celsius (95 F). In Wuhan, one of the three ‘hot pots’ along the Yangtze River, temperature soared to as high as 39 C, and it is humid as hell. Chinese college dorms, which are mostly AC-less, are the worst-hit. Having no AC at their dorms, students at Wuhan-based [...]

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June 25, 2013No Comments

The “Diaosi” social class: presage of impending social changes in China

Outside China, people are buzzing about Peking pound, the hot money from China that drives up prices or drains supplies of a wide range of things from property to baby formula, from gold to oil, as if a sneeze from the rising Chinese middle class could truly freeze the entire world. But at home, what [...]

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June 7, 20134 Comments

No red-carpet faceoff? Michelle Obama won’t meet China’s First Lady Peng Liyuan

This is a moment that Chinese have long been waiting for – China’s First Lady Peng Liyuan shake hands with her U.S. counterpart Michelle Obama, with the rest of the world sizing them up, chattering about which one is more graceful and has a better red-carpet look. “Now that we finally have a presentable First [...]

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June 6, 20133 Comments

Video of chengguan bully beating and stomping on victim angers Chinese

A video of five chengguan (city management) officers manhandling bicycle vendors has shocked and outraged Chinese netizens, bringing the age-old topic of highly abusive chengguan force back into spotlight. In the video, a man was knocked down onto the ground by the five chengguan officers in uniform in a violent brawl. One officer then jumped [...]

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