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February 6, 20135 Comments

On TV, Chinese man rips ‘Japanese devil’ in half with bare hands; netizens call it ‘wet dream’

Chinese-made anti-Japanese patriotic television dramas have been the object of an awful lot of ridicule on Sina Weibo, the Chinese twitter, after netizens found much to their amusement that in one extreme example, a Chinese man tears up a “Japanese soldier”, or commonly known in China as “Japanese devil”, across like a piece of paper, [...]

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February 6, 20133 Comments

Hong Kong’s ban on baby milk formula trade adds to tension with mainland China

As complaints over the severe baby formula shortage in Hong Kong rise, the local authorities plan to slap a tough restriction on the amount of formula outbound travellers can take. The new rule, which is aimed at mainland Chinese smugglers, has sparked fear, outrage and angst on Chinese social media. Under the regulation, each individual [...]

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February 1, 20135 Comments

In China, coming out is not easy

Two elderly gay men living in Beijing find themselves in the center of controversy after their high-profile coming out on the web is as much censured as praised. The two men, one a retired teacher and the other a rural migrant working as a water bottle deliverer, created a profile page named “Two Old Men’s [...]

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January 31, 20133 Comments

Greater China reacts to Reporters Without Borders’ Press Freedom Index

Jazza John, our contributor, is currently a student at National Chengchi University in Taiwan. A report from Reporters Without Boarders suggests that freedom of the press in both Hong Kong and Taiwan has dropped.  The Press Freedom Index, which is compiled of 179 nations, showed Hong Kong drop from 54 to 58 and Taiwan from 45 to 48, while [...]

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January 28, 201314 Comments

It’s so simple, isn’t it? – An expat’s take on smog in Beijing

Chris Toepker is a contributor to Ministry of Tofu. He hails from the United States, has been living in greater China since 1990 and has recently relocated to Beijing. All too often, visitors to Beijing fret and cluck their tongues at the air pollution. While it certainly is awful, clearing the air is certainly no simple [...]

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January 25, 20132 Comments

Americans use Chinese popcorn cooker on Discovery Channel; netizens amused

Recently, a magical popcorn cooker from China has piqued Americans’ curiosity. The old-fashioned Chinese popcorn cooker is essentially a cannon with a handle. MythBuster, a famous show on America’s Discovery Channel, uses it to explore the fastest way to make popcorn. The production team spent much time on figuring out the monster, put up a [...]

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January 22, 2013No Comments

‘Technological cheating’ shadows online ticket sales for Spring Festival rush

As the Spring Festival travel season, also known as the largest annual human migration in the world, approaches, the vexing and taxing battle for a train ticket home starts. This year, a new problem occurs: tech-savvy Chinese ticket buyers have been using plug-ins, add-ons and other software applications, which causes a surge in traffic that [...]

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January 21, 2013No Comments

Viral love diary of mistress ends career of Yi Junqing, senior propaganda official

Five weeks after a lengthy chronicle of his sexual encounters with a woman went viral on the Chinese Internet, Yi Junqing, a high-ranking official, was fired for “improper lifestyle,” according to a terse news dispatch from the state-run Xinhua News Agency on January 17. Yi Junqing, director of the Central Compilation and Translation Bureau, has [...]

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January 21, 201311 Comments

Not a noob, flummoxed nevertheless — Chris’ frustration with China’s confusing holiday schedule

Chris Toepker is a contributor to Ministry of Tofu. He hails from the United States, has been living in greater China since 1990 and has recently relocated to Beijing. After so many years in greater China, I thought I had things straight. Sadly, my first-time, full-time working in Beijing apparently presents many new opportunities to learn. [...]

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December 30, 20123 Comments

Body nourishment as recreation of elder Chinese – socialist China meets neoliberal modernity

Note: Gil Hizi is Ministry of Tofu’s contributor. He is also the chief editor of website Thinking Chinese. Numerous elder Chinese have a desire to remain fit and to nurture health. Some of them even fulfill this need by swimming in icy lakes and pushing the body to efforts that it had doubtfully met even in [...]

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December 21, 20125 Comments

Photos: Teenage abortion in China

Statistics show that at least 13 million abortions are performed each year in China, which makes it the country with the highest number of abortions in the world. That does not include the 10 million abortion pills sold or the unknown number of abortions performed at underground or unregistered clinics. Against the backdrop of the country’s One Child Policy, abortion in China is not only legal but casually done. Besides, to unmarried women, the social stigma of raising an illegitimate child and the lack of adoption services means that having an abortion after getting pregnant is almost the only way out.

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December 19, 20125 Comments

Chinese media accused of ‘crying only for American kids’, ignoring domestic school rampage

Jazza John, Ministry of Tofu contributor, helped with the story. On the same day, tragedies descended upon both a Chinese and an American elementary schools. Chinese news media, like their American counterparts, blanketed their front pages and prime-time news programs with coverage of the Connecticut shooting on December 16, while playing down or even clamming [...]

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December 13, 201232 Comments

‘The most corrupt country is America,’ Jackie Chan’s comments widely panned in China

In a talk show aired on Hong Kong-based Phoenix TV Monday, Jackie Chan, the world-famous actor and show-biz star, said that China is not the country with the most serious corruption problem; the United States is. He also called on Chinese people to refrain from criticizing the China, especially in front of “outsiders”.  The remarks [...]

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December 12, 20125 Comments

Anchor at North Korea’s KCTV announces satellite launch success in dramatic tone

North Korea declared the launch of a satellite a success, and state television KCTV ran a brief report confirming as much on Wednesday morning. The video channel of Sina.com, one of China’s biggest internet portals, posted a segment of the news program, in which an anchorwoman in traditional Korean dress announced the news in a [...]

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December 12, 20122 Comments

Taiwan’s Tsinghua University student scolds Taiwanese minister; Chinese netizens’ reaction

Jazza John, our contributor, is currently a student at National Chengchi University in Taiwan. Taiwanese students have been making headlines on the island off the South-Eastern coast of mainland China as they protest against Want Want China Times Group’s bid for the acquisition of Next Media Group. If the take over is permitted by the [...]

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December 8, 20122 Comments

Nail houses vs. demolition teams in China

The term “nail house” has been frequently used to refer to homes whose owners refuse to relocate and make room for development, for their homes jut out stubbornly like “nails” from the ground, where their neighboring structures are torn down or crushed unimpeded, and pulling out these “nails” seems like a mission impossible. Such homeowners [...]

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December 6, 20122 Comments

Chinese Netizens add their Voice to Call for a Free and Open Internet

From 3rd December 2012, governments have been meeting in Dubai to take part in the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU’s) meeting where officials from around the world have been discussing possible changes to international Internet governance. The ITU, the 147 year-old organisation, which is now a branch of the United Nations is often a forum where developing countries, sometimes with [...]

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December 4, 20129 Comments

Chongqing sex tape emboldens female TV host to report official who sexually assaulted her

From Sina Weibo and Beijing Times A female TV host in northeast China revealed on the Internet that she had been forced to be in an extramarital sexual relationship with a party cadre and was even raped by him when she was seven-month pregnant. In return, the official used his power to register her unemployed [...]

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December 4, 2012No Comments

Chinese civil servants in the eyes of ordinary Chinese

On November 23 and 24, over 1.12 million Chinese across the country flooded to universities and schools to take the annual national civil service exam and jostle with one another for 20,839 positions. China Central Television interviewed a bunch of people in the street for their impressions of civil servants. Some answers really go home.

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December 1, 20123 Comments

China’s first masturbation contest unveiled before World AIDS Day

From Weibo On the afternoon of November 28, the first hand job race ever in China was held in a small town in Shenzhen. According to the organizers, the event was to raise awareness of AIDS prevention, although it seems from the news photos and video that only seven men participated in the contest. All [...]

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