June 15, 20127 Comments

Gruesome photos of forced late-term abortion appall China, challenge One Child Policy

At 3 a.m. on June 4, three days after being illegally locked up by the local government, Feng Jianmei, a 7-month pregnant woman in a small town in Northwest China, saw the body of her unborn baby dragged out of her uterus. The 7-month-old fetus appeared to have already taken good shape. Feng’s sister, in [...]

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June 14, 20129 Comments

“Grandpa Wen, I want to go to school!”

Pictures from Weibo users reported the demonstration at the entrance of Fengtai District Education Commission in Beijing by elementary school age kids who are not eligible because they don’t have Beijing hukou. The signs run, “I want to go to school.” Their parents are migrant workers from outside Beijing. The municipal government’s attack last [...]

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May 22, 20128 Comments

Matchmaking for Chinese multimillionaires is demanding and secretive

From SouFun, NetEase On May 20, an exclusive club for single Chinese business tycoons held a selection meeting in a hotel in Guangzhou for its members who look for ideal dates. 320 women pre-selected from a pool of 2,800 applicants came to the meeting titled “Global Beauty Contest,” vying for a chance to marry into [...]

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May 22, 20125 Comments

Photos: Chinese man protesting forced demolition crushed to death by backhoe

From NetEase A resident in northeast China was brutally killed on May 15 when he tried to stop his home from being razed by the government-employed demolition team. The operator of the heavy equipment also died a horrific death. Li Baolin and his wife Yu Shuyun had been pig farmers in Saertu District on the [...]

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May 8, 20126 Comments

Photos: Shanghai offers hand car wash by bikini-clad girls

From NetEase A parking garage on Shanghai’s Xietu Road offers car wash by “hot girls.” On May 7, the opening day,  cars flooded in for a taste of the service provided by women wearing stiletto heels, sunglasses and, above all, bikinis. Top comments on NetEase: 党的政策惠万家 [网易陕西省西安市网友]:2012-05-08 08:45:30 发表 Do they offer car shake service [...]

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May 6, 201228 Comments

Photo: An entire class of high school students receive IV drips while cramming for exams

Photos of high school graduating senior students given intravenous drips in class have become viral on Sina Weibo. Within hours since they were uploaded yesterday morning, they had been shared by tens of thousands of Weibo users. The original uploader, “CHImushroom”, is a senior student at a high school in Xiaogan, central China’s Hubei province. [...]

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April 30, 20127 Comments

Guilin girls arm-twist tourists into taking photos and paying gratuity

From NetEase If you are visiting Guilin during this May Day holiday, better watch out for those who make the hard sell. In tourist attractions in Guilin, South China’s Guangxi province, a group of women wearing traditional ethnic dresses stand at the entrance every day and badger male visitors into taking photos with them. Some [...]

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April 26, 20124 Comments

Life journey of Chinese, Americans, Europeans, Africans, Middle Easterners, Indians, and North Koreans

From Renren Life journey of a Chinese o to 10 years old: Be forced to learn to master various skills for the sake of gaining face and certificates 10 to 20 years old: Wars against mountains of books Age 20 to 30: Send millions of resumes to get a job 30-40 years old: Become a [...]

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April 25, 20129 Comments

Photos: Beijing Auto Show features many (augmented?) boobs

Beijing is in spotlight these days, as automakers from home and abroad roll out their newest production cars and concepts in Auto China 2012, the leading auto show in the country that boasts the world’s most promising automotive markets. But perhaps the organizer and the participating sellers are not confident enough about enthusiasm of potential [...]

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April 23, 2012One Comment

Photos: College students’ Occupy Seats movement turns ugly as Graduate Admission Exam nears

From NetEase With now an increasing number of Chinese students choosing graduate school to get themselves more prepared for the hypercompetitive job market in China, admissions to various graduate programs are getting more selective than ever. The Postgraduate Admission Test (中国研究生入学考试) is an integral part of the admission process. Every Chinese college student has gone through the ritual [...]

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April 19, 20123 Comments

Photos: Rural migrants’ temporary abode

Note: By Adeline Wang, one of our contributors. From Sina Under the bridge, on the riverside, inside the tunnel, there are shelters that have become home to China’s massive workforce. The moment the skyscrapers are erected and replace what were there, those who help built them will leave without a trace. And those strangers, they [...]

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April 18, 201213 Comments

Dog owners irate, tearful over Harbin’s crackdown on large dogs

From Renren and Xinhua The city of Harbin in northeastern Heilongjing province has enforced a new regulation that prohibits residents in the city and the townships it administers from raising 49 breeds of large, fierce and ugly dogs including Golden Retriever, Samoyeds, Chow Chow and Labrador Retriever that are known to have mild and lovable [...]

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April 16, 20122 Comments

Picture of the day: A Chinese Sunglasses brand called Helen Keller

An eyewear manufacturer in Xiamen, Southeastern China’s Fujian province named its line of sunglasses after the American deafblind author Helen Keller. On its website, the advertisement notes (in English): “She was the first deafblind person to earn a near; chelor of Arts degree [1][2] The story of how Keller’s teacher Anne Sullivan, broke through [...]

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April 16, 20125 Comments

Latest product scandal exposed by state media: medicine capsules made from leather scraps

From Sina For years, underground workshops in China have been bleaching worn-out leatherwear and leather scraps with lime, processing them into a gelling agent and selling it to manufacturers of medicine capsules, according to an investigative report by China Central Television. Such capsules contain a high level of chromium, which, as a heavy metal, may [...]

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April 15, 20124 Comments

Video: Children travel on zip-line across abyss to and from school

From NetEase, QBNews Hongde Village in Guizhou province, enveloped by mountains and turbulent rivers, cannot be accessed using any form of road vehicle. The only viable transportation method connecting the village with the outside is train. The nearest train station to Hongde Village is only less than two kilometers (1.3 miles) away. But a gorge [...]

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April 14, 2012One Comment

Infographic: What does Chinese rich people’s life look like?

From NetEase, Hurun Report There are 2.7 million high-net-worth individuals in China, whose assets are worth more than 6 million yuan (US$950,000) in China, according to the Chinese Luxury Consumer White Paper 2012, jointly published by the Industrial Bank and Hurun Report. The number of ultra-high-net-worth individuals, defined as those who own personal assets of [...]

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April 10, 2012No Comments

Photos: Troupe of college drag queens a commercial success; netizens frown

From NetEase Wei niang, 伪娘, or literally, ‘fake girl’, is a Chinese slang for a drag queen who is not necessarily homosexual, which has a slightly pejorative connotation. However, as the word is being popularized by internet culture, some cross-dressers have come to accept this term and proudly applied it to themselves. Alice Fake Girl [...]

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April 9, 20122 Comments

Photos: High school students burn books to protest excessive school fees

From NetEase Senior students at a boarding school in Jingshan, Hubei province tore up and set fire to tons of books Thursday to express their outrage after they were told to pay 700 yuan (US$111) as educational charges. The accusation was soon echoed by junior students, who assembled in the middle of the evening study [...]

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April 6, 2012One Comment

Marketing to China’s middle-class: Selling modernity, considering tradition

Note: Gil Hizi is Ministry of Tofu’s contributor. He is also the chief editor of website Thinking Chinese. The marketing of brands in China often faces tensions between modernity and tradition, foreign and local orientations or individualistic materialism and longstanding cultural values. Whether we are discussing foreign companies or local enterprises, in order to prosper in [...]

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April 6, 2012One Comment

Photos: Chinese fishermen trapped in the sea with no fish

From NetEase In recent years, behind the fishing disputes in the international waters is the depletion of fish production just off China’s coast. Pollution and overfishing right offshore have been the recurring problems, which threatens the fishing grounds. In the eastern city of Qingdao, over 5,000 small fishing boats lack the ability to go far [...]

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