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January 5, 201119 Comments

First Chinese sex-negative website launched, bashing gays and masturbation among others

Recently, a non-governmental website haongo.com that boldly campaigns against eroticism as well as homosexuality and masturbation has been launched in Shijiazhuang, and quickly received a massive number of hits. Over half of those who volunteered to build the site are women. They say their purpose is to educate people using their own experiences on harms [...]

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January 4, 20112 Comments

Sex sells? Chinese businesses hire pretty women to pose for property

Nowadays, if you go to any real estate trade show in China, you will never fail to notice pretty women seductively attired, some of them Caucasians, posing in front of booths. They are called fangmo in Chinese, or models for real property. Amidst China’s housing boom, they are used as a good vehicle for marketing. Models [...]

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December 20, 20106 Comments

Chinese netizens infuriated by U.S. media lumping China into the Axis of Evil

On December 7, 2010, Bret Stephens published an article titled “China Joins the Axis of Evil” in the Wall Street Journal. Though the tone of the article itself is moderate, the provocative title soon grabbed eyes of Chinese netizens, and made the online community bristle with indignation. Global Times, a government-backed newspaper wrote in its [...]

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December 18, 20107 Comments

Discussion on relocating China’s capital resumes after Beijing is deemed unlivable

From chinanews.com Shen Hanyao, a Shanghai-based scholar, was quoted on December 13 as saying in order to address the outbreak of Beijing’s urban maladies, relocating the capital is the best option. Good candidates are Xinyang in Henan Province and Yueyang in Hunan Province. Critics of Shen said that his proposal is all about “relocating the capital [...]

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December 6, 2010One Comment

On eating mushroom or not, Chinese trust 11-year-old, discredit authorities

From Netease Soon after words got out that a primary school student found through lab research that “mushrooms on the market are whitened,” food safety has been once again brought to the spotlight. Beijing’s Food Safety Office issued a spot check result that says “97.73% of mushrooms have passed muster.” China Edible Fungi Association was also [...]

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November 25, 20102 Comments

Adult video bridges the chasm between Japan and China – on porn and sex ed in China (Final Part)

Part One of the Series A mentor Chinese netizens half-jokingly called Sora Aoi “An enlightening teacher to the youth.” In a sense, many Japanese porn stars do play an important role in sex education where China lags far behind. China has a sexually suppressive culture. Even today, many people consider talking about sex risque. Older [...]

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November 9, 20105 Comments

Free speech – Americans get too used to it to appreciate it, while Chinese get too used to lack of it (Final Part of the series)

Previous parts: “Punishment fits the crime”: China’s law expert’s defense of jailing the Nobel Peace Prize winner, and our thoughts (Part 1) – Translation of the news “Punishment fits the crime”: China’s law expert’s defense of jailing the Nobel Peace Prize winner, and our thoughts (Part 2) – Our counterargument As the saying goes, “Comparison [...]

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November 6, 2010One Comment

“Punishment fits the crime”: China’s law expert on jailing the Nobel Peace Prize winner, and our thoughts (Part 2)

Previous part: “Punishment fits the crime”: China’s law expert’s defense of jailing the Nobel Peace Prize winner, and our thoughts (Part 1) Cathy G.: If you have read my previous post which is a translation of Professor Gao Mingxuan‘s defense of jailing Liu Xiaobo, you will expect my refutation today, which will be merely based on [...]

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November 3, 2010No Comments

“Punishment fits the crime”: China’s law expert’s defense of jailing the Nobel Peace Prize winner, and our thoughts (Part 1)

Liu Xiaobo, found guilty of inciting subversion of state power, was sentenced to eleven years’ improsonment and two years’ deprivation of political rights on 25 December 2009. Ten months later, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize this year to Liu. After initially keeping mum about the news, the Chinese state-controlled media decide [...]

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October 30, 2010One Comment

Funny Chinese counterfeits need not be taken seriously

Admittedly, China is glutted with knockoffs. Buyers seek after them for a good reason: it looks like a real deal. But what if some knockoffs are designed to be so crudely fake that nobody fails to tell?

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October 25, 2010One Comment

Celebs are not omnipotent – on China’s new law that holds spokespeople accountable for products’ safety

A few recent incidents on food safety has brought celebs under fire for their endorsement. China is now drafting a law that holds celebrities liable for the safety of products they endorse. (caption: Deng Jie on Sanlu milk powder: “I trust.”) (caption: Jackie Chan on Bawang Shampoo: “Every man should own one bottle.”)

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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 dummies.com 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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October 22, 20106 Comments

Era of homogeneity – China’s new beauty trend makes women look alike

China Hush translated an article from New Weekly via Netease that sums up the changing trend of beauty standard from 1900 to 2010. China has transitioned through Era of Relief, Luxury, Confine and Pomp. Everyone is typical, so-called nobility will be looked down upon. It is meaningless to talk about standard beauty, because personality and [...]

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October 18, 20103 Comments

Spat between Beijing and Shanghai, China’s two great cities, and beyond

The Los Angeles Times takes a look at the ongoing rivalry between Beijing and Shanghai: “They stand like this,” says the 56-year-old restaurateur, hands on hips, adding a scowl to her performance. “They’re sooo annoying. Just because they come from the capital, they act like they’re running the country.” The antipathy is mutual. “Shanghai people [...]

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