August 16, 2011No Comments

Gary Locke the new U.S. ambassador makes a mark on Chinese

Gary Locke has officially taken office in Beijing as the new U.S. ambassador to China. It remains unclear as to whether he could play a positive role in boosting the bilateral relations. However, his arrival has already been an epiphany to Chinese people who feel affinity with the gentleman with Chinese roots even before his [...]

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July 12, 2011No Comments

Grass-roots Chinese prefer overnight train to problematic high speed rail

In a country as vast as China, traveling from one place to another one or two provinces away used to denote having to spend at least one night on the road. Now, with the ever-expanding high speed railway network that boasts the world’s highest average velocity, it whizzes from Shanghai to Beijing, which is about [...]

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June 9, 20116 Comments

Mass destruction of textbooks, suicide…The tragicomic Chinese College Entrance Examination

The National College Entrance Examination in China, or commonly known as Gao Kao, is a series of tests adopted by almost all Chinese higher education institutions as one of the very few major criteria for enrollment at the undergraduate level. It is usually taken by students in their last year of high school, although there has been no age restriction [...]

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April 29, 20112 Comments

To protest city’s lighting project, Guangzhou people go bald

From Guangzhou Evening Post At 1:10 a.m. on April 27, a net user who goes by the name “Little Swallow” posted on Sina Microblog a picture of a shaven-headed man holding a banner that reads “Brain is Brighter”. Within less than 20 hours, over 4000 net users shared and commented on the post. The real [...]

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April 28, 20113 Comments

Centennial celebration of Tsinghua University turns arena of politics, meets criticism from and controversy over its alumni

Last Sunday, Tsinghua University, one of China’s most prestigious institution for higher education, celebrated its 100th birthday. Tsinghua University is famous even around the global as a factory for engineers and scientists, many of whom head directly towards the United States after graduation. Often called “the MIT of China,” Tsinghua ranked the first on the [...]

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April 22, 2011One Comment

Picture of the day: Come-and-go of Confucius

A mammoth sculpture of the ancient philosopher Confucius was unveiled in early January off one side of highly symbolic Tiananmen Square. China watchers and media home and abroad paid much attention to it as it could signal that the authorities is preaching Confucianism. However, Wednesday night, the sculpture was gone. The sudden disappearance once again led to [...]

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April 22, 2011One Comment

Quick Update: Yao Jiaxin, the student murderer, is sentenced to death by local court Friday morning

Two week ago, MOT reported how a murder case has fueled Chinese public anger over the likelihood that the murderer might escape capital punishment. Yao Jiaxin, a 21-year-old student at the Xi’an Conservatory of Music in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, knocked down a peasant woman named Zhang Miao while driving at around 11 p.m. on October [...]

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April 5, 201114 Comments

Chinese demand execution of a student, accuse state TV of siding murderers

Yao Jiaxin, a 21-year-old student at the Xi’an Conservatory of Music in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, stabbed a peasant woman to death after hitting her with his car. Should he be sentenced to death?

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March 25, 2011No Comments

Post author plays trick to fish for sympathy and raise money for needy family. Moral debate: Is it right to lie and hype for altruism?

It all started from a post on the web. According to the post on Tianya, one of China’s most popular online forum, Xie Sanxiu (谢三秀) is the mother of a 6-month-old baby girl named Hou Shanshan (侯珊珊) who was diagnosed with eye cancer four months ago. Her family has spent all their savings and can no [...]

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March 22, 20115 Comments

Most Chinese bash U.S.-led attack against Libya, while others amused at the bashing

From IFENG and Sina On March 17, the United Nations Security Council imposed a no-fly zone over Libya and authorized “all necessary measures” to protect Libyan civilians from military attacks. On March 19, British, French and the U.S. forces initiated Operation “Odyssey Dawn” by firing missiles and launching air strikes at Libya. IFENG, official site [...]

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March 18, 20114 Comments

*Graphic warning* Insulted by teacher, Chinese teen commits suicide

Many Chinese minors are given corporal punishment by their teachers at school. Those who have extremely fragile self esteem choose to end their lives, which sounds an alarm: the nation’s youth need the couch, whereas its teachers need to have hearts.

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March 13, 20113 Comments

Nanjing residents nostalgic for pre-Communist days as government uproots trees

Nanjing Municipal Government is unleashing an offensive to the city’s thousands of 70-year-old trees for subway construction. The government promised to transplant them to somewhere else. However, furious citizens distrust the government. They get up a petition and call for a protest online. The protest effort has been obstructed by China’s largest social networking site [...]

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February 21, 2011One Comment

63-person Chinese 4th grade class elects 32 leaders; power worship permeates elementary schools

Jing’s note: In a typical Chinese elementary school class that consists of 50 to 65 students, about 10-15 students (there is no definitive number) are assigned positions and given titles. Team leader is usually responsible for collecting and handing in homework assignments for the team. Different commissioners, as their names suggest, oversees different parts of [...]

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February 14, 20113 Comments

Hong Kong chief keeps travel costs low, inspires Chinese netizens to mull over “one country two systems.”

From IFENG (Phoenix Weekly Online) Last week, the government of Hong Kong made public expenses of visits made by Donald Tsang in the past four years, the chief executive of Hong Kong. From November 2007 to November 2010, Donald Tsang paid altogether 40 visits, costing HK$987,086 (about US$127,000), including HK$540,000 on air fair. Chinese netizens [...]

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February 10, 201111 Comments

“American doctors suck,” overseas Chinese debate over health care

From MITBBS, a famous online community for true-born mainland Chinese who study and work abroad, mostly in the United States. Disclaimer: translation does not imply endorsement or disproval. There are very few good doctors in the U.S. I was ill several times in both China and the U.S. Many American doctors are pigheaded. pudonghao on [...]

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February 7, 20116 Comments

Should China lift the ban on dual citizenship in the wake of the emigration wave?

China has seen a mass exodus to foreign countries led by new rich people and intellectual elite. Speculation of the viability of changing the current strict policy of single nationality to recognize dual citizenship, has arose, which is thought to be conducive to attracting overseas talents, capital and technology and offsetting losses caused by the [...]

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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 25, 2011One Comment

Chinese school requires teen students to keep a distance of 50cm from the opposite sex

Yandao Street Middle School in Chengdu, Sichuan Province has introduced new school codes of conduct in which the proper distance between two students of opposite sexes is set at 80 cm to 1 meter, or 31 inches to 40 inches. It constitutes intimacy, a transgression that subjects offenders to reprimand and even punishment, if the [...]

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January 25, 20112 Comments

Let cadres fly first – Chinese airlines prioritize those high in the political hierarchy

Do not take it for granted that you can enjoy unparalleled service in China after you purchase the first class air ticket. You’ll always have to take a backseat to a sizeable coterie of cadres, even if they’ve only paid for the economy class. In fact, serving all important passengers until they cry content is [...]

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January 10, 20115 Comments

Why can’t China adopt a school bus system similar to the U.S.?

On December 30, 2010, a “school bus”  taking 20 elementary school children fell into a creek in Hengnan County, Hunan Province. 14 drowned, 6 were injured and hospitalized. The so-called school bus was actually an automatic rickshaw. The three-wheeler has only ten seats, but fit 20 inside. Several children had to squat on their haunches [...]

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