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October 30, 20123 Comments

Ningbo drops chemical project amid protests, but it is truly victory?

After days of protests over the proposed expansion of a petrochemical plant, the authorities finally gave in to swelling opposition by announcing that the environmentally sensitive project, which is expected to produce p-Xylene, or PX, will be permanently cancelled. Protesters who braved the online censorship by uploading photos of the scenes onto Chinese social media [...]

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October 29, 2012No Comments

Pic of the day: A quick vocabulary lesson in Chinese fashion buzzwords

From New York Magazine: http://nymag.com/thecut/2012/08/scenes-from-the-chinese-consumerist-revolution.html 代购, dai gou (MOT translation: proxy-shopper): An agent hired to buy luxury goods overseas to avoid the import tax. 暴发户, bao fa hu: Nouveau riche, parvenu. 山寨, Shan hai: An obvious counterfeit, i.e., a monogram LU bag (after LV, or Louis Vuitton). 酷, ku: Cool. 晒, shai: To show off [...]

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October 28, 2012No Comments

Following Ningbo’s civil protests over chemical project on Weibo

The third major wave of NIMBY protests out of environmental concerns erupted in China’s southeastern city of Ningbo in Zhejiang province. But what makes it different from the previous two, one in Shifang, Sichuan province and the other in Qidong, Jiangsu province, is that the flow of information about the protest is obstructed on Chinese [...]

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October 26, 201220 Comments

What consequences must a laowai (foreigner) accept if he marries a Chinese woman?

The following is translation of a blog post written by a Chinese stand-up comedian living in the United States. He claims he interviewed “a dozen laowai married to Chinese wives” before he summed it up in this article, which lists “no privacy”, “a palate for everything”, “driving kids to death” among others as the consequences of an interracial marriage between a Chinese woman and a foreigner. The post, published yesterday, immediately gained popularity on Chinese social media and Internet forums.

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October 26, 20123 Comments

Kindergarten teacher’s child abuse photo album sparks public fury

A young female kindergarten teacher pulls a little boy off the floor by his years. She keeps smiling, while the boy are crying out loud, his ears twisted out of shape. This was the most circulated image on Chinese social media yesterday. Net users were so outraged by the scene that they spread the image around, vowing to ferret out the identity of the monster and bring her to justice.

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October 25, 20122 Comments

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A master’s graduate coming from rural China did not find an ideal job in the city and returned to his village to work on the farm. His father, who has been a peasant for his entire life, felt so humiliated and depressed by his son’s choice, or rather, lack of any, and attempted suicide. On [...]

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October 24, 20123 Comments

In desperate attempt to fight myopia, China invents goofy eye exercises

A new set of eye exercises, which can reportedly relieve eye strain and help prevent myopia, has become the latest running joke on Chinese social media. In the demonstrative video, a little girl at about the age of ten keeps rolling her eyes and squinting sideways, which makes Chinese netizens, all of whom have grown [...]

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October 18, 20123 Comments

China’s ‘Basketball Grandma’ fighting aging and poverty becomes Internet star

Zhu Shumei, 76, has captured Chinese net users’ hearts lately. Standing only 150 cm tall (5 ft.), the hunchbacked granny plays basketball every day on a university campus in Jinhua, Zhejiang in East China. After photos of her exercising got viral on Chinese social media, netizens gave her a lovely nickname: “Basketball Grandma.” However, her life is not as sunny as she seems.

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October 17, 20122 Comments

Chinese flags at half-mast for Cambodia’s former king Norodam Sihanouk anger netizens

Chinese flags on a number of landmarks in Beijing, including Tiananmen Square, Xinhua Gate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Beijing’s airports, will be flown at half-mast all day Tuesday, as the body of former Cambodian king Norodom Sihanouk, who died of a heart attack at 90 in the city last week, is scheduled to be [...]

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October 17, 20122 Comments

China’s sudden love affair with Mo Yan, the Nobel laureate in Literature

After Mo Yan was announced the winner of Nobel Prize in Literature, his books were snapped up and became out of stock across the nation, his speeches are being parsed, and so many public and private entities are cashing in on him, in which he felt no pleasure or relief. Chinese writer Mo Yan, the [...]

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October 15, 2012No Comments

Man sent to labor camp for subversive comments and T-shirt files lawsuit

A college graduate detained and sent to a labor camp for forwarding ‘subversive’ content on a microblogging site sued the labor camp in Chongqing Wednesday. On the web, he has garnered immense support for his fight for freedom of speech. His lawyer, also a human rights activist, defended him fervently in court and publicly indicted [...]

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October 10, 20125 Comments

Hundreds of thousands of newspapers ordered to be destroyed in cover-up of corruption claim

A government official in Fujian province used his political clout to prevent hundreds of thousands of copies of a newspaper that portrays him in a bad light from hitting the market a thousand miles away. The magnitude of the censorship effort has been exposed on Chinese social media by renowned investigative journalists and astounded netizens [...]

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October 9, 20122 Comments

Chinese’ nonsensical answers to “Are You Happy” baffle CCTV and amuse netizens

Video and photos from Sina Weibo During the past eight-day Mid-Autumn and National Day holiday, China Central Television, the state broadcaster, aired a nine-part special series, titled “Reaching the Grass Roots: People’s Voices From Within”, featuring interviews of ordinary men and women in the streets by asking them if they feel happy. It is said that [...]

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October 7, 20122 Comments

Camels die from overwork during China’s weeklong holiday; netizens lament

From Sina Several camels at a tourist hot spot in Northwest China have died from receiving a record-high number of visitors during China’s eight-day holiday. Mingsha Mountain (Singing-sand Mountain-dunes), 6 km south of the city of Dunhuang in Gansu Province, is one of the most well-known tourist attractions in the country. It is a range [...]

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October 5, 2012One Comment

Pic of the day: After landslide, “We can no longer hear them read”

18 Students Buried by Landslide in Yiliang, Yunnan province. We Can No Longer Hear Them Read.  – Front page, Qilu Evening News, October 5, 2012. While the disaster, which struck the area on October 4 after days of continuous rain, was an act of God, many are questioning why the students were still having classes [...]

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October 4, 2012One Comment

Mitt Romney’s mention of China during US presidential debate highlighted in the country

From Sina Weibo In addition to the 67 million American viewers who were glued to their TV sets for the first of three presidential debates between President Obama and Republican candidate Governor Mitt Romney, half a globe away, netizens in China have also been talking about it, especially when their motherland was touched upon by one of [...]

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October 3, 2012One Comment

U.S. grants visa-free status to Taiwan; Chinese netizens covet it

Taiwan will be included into the U.S. Visa Waiver Program, which allows Taiwanese passport holders to enter the U.S. for up to 90 days without a previously arranged travel visa. The latest announcement has been heatedly discussed on Chinese social media. One microblogging post, which describes the difference between ‘the dark red passport’ (Chinese) and ‘the [...]

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October 3, 20122 Comments

Retired official who reported corruption died suspiciously

Photos and comments from NetEase, story from Shangdu A retired official in south China was found dead in a bathroom while he was held in detention on September 26. The authorities announced it was a suicide and tried to cremate his body immediately, but his family thought otherwise. Wang Zhongping, 60, was the chief director [...]

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October 1, 20123 Comments

China’s highways so jammed during major holidays, travelers work out during long waits

From NetEase This year, the Mid-Autumn Day, a traditional Chinese harvest festival based on Chinese lunar calendar, happens to fall on September 30, one day before the Chinese National Day, which means the usual seven-day Golden Week celebration for the National Day is be prolonged by one more day. In the mean time, China has [...]

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September 28, 20123 Comments

Frame by frame, Chinese anime blatantly plagiarizes Japan’s Hikarian: Great Railroad Protector

It may be offensive to review how China lags far behind and yet is so eager to imitate Japan at a time when anti-Japanese sentiments have swept China, but a video that compares scenes of the Japanese anime “Hikarian: Great Railroad Protector” with a Chinese cartoon called “高铁侠”, which literally means ‘High-speed Train Hero’, can [...]

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