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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 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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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 27, 20125 Comments

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“I’m sorry, but the lavender pillow is out of order, can you please choose another?” A classic mixture of over-the-top yet sincere customer service sprinkled with cultural “close enough-ness” to be charming. A soft knock on my hotel door reveals a smiling young man with my Chinese Herb Pillow as I think “what a crazy [...]

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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, 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 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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November 30, 20126 Comments

Three young Chinese in a row die from running. Sick Men of Asia?

Ding Xiqiao, 25, registered for the 5,000-meter race at Guangzhou Marathon 2012 with nearly 200 of his coworkers at a real estate agency, hoping to challenge himself. However, on the morning of November 18, soon after he started to exert all his strength for the final 800 meters, he fainted 300 meters away from the [...]

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November 29, 2012No Comments

Taiwan rejects Jeremy Lin as political party name idea

Jazza John, our contributor, is currently a student at National Chengchi University in Taiwan. You can found a political party of your own, but calling it ‘Jeremy Lin Party’ is not acceptable, not even if you are named Jeremy Lin yourself, Taiwanese authorities ruled. Jimmy McMillan must have felt lucky that his Rent Is Too Damn [...]

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November 27, 2012No Comments

Hottest English portmanteaus with Chinese characteristics

Below is a list of the so-called hottest English words on Twitter posted onto Sina Weibo by Gao Xiaosong, famous songwriter and media commentator. Some of them, such as niubility and shitizen, have already entered the Internet vocabulary and come into wide use by Chinese netizens. Others are rather new, but the social phenomena they [...]

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November 25, 20123 Comments

Sex tape official sacked; mistress was offered as a bribe; Wang Lijun, Bo Xilai involved?

The hideous sex tape scandal involving a Chongqing official and his mistress turns out to be a small tip of the iceberg. A local construction company bribed Lei Zhengfu, among other officials in Chongqing, with young attractive women. Then Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun might have suppressed its information to protect them. On November 23, 63 hours after the sex tape scandal was exposed, Lei was deposed and handed over to the police.

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November 22, 20127 Comments

Sex tape of Chongqing official and 18-year-old mistress leaked online

Sex, lies, videotapes…when the three things are interwoven together with Chinese bureaucratic life, it is always fun to watch. In the past two days, a number of pictures that show a man and a woman having sex in a hotel room have been viral on Chinese social media. These are the screen grabs of a sex video of Lei Zhengfu, the party boss of Chongqing’s Beibei District, having sex with his 18-year-old mistress. Initial investigation of Chongqing’s Discipline Inspection Commission reveals that the video was not fake or manipulated.

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November 21, 20123 Comments

Chengguan officer taking huge bribes says he was too afraid to turn them down

Source: Southern Weekend The head of a local urban management team in the southern city of Guangzhou has been detained on allegations of accepting multimillion-yuan bribes. At court on November 15, he said that he did not dare turn down the bribes for fear of offending some people. He also blamed the system for nourishing [...]

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November 20, 20123 Comments

A look into Cheung Kong, China’s most elitist/expensive/eHarmony-like business school

Infographic made by iRead, translated by MOT In their latest recruitment ad, Cheung Kong Graduate Business School says, ‘The Business School that Best Understands China’. As the most expensive business school in China, Cheung Kong’s EMBA programs enroll only three types of students: government officials, entrepreneurs, celebrities. Public curiosity over Cheung Kong started from the gossip [...]

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November 16, 2012One Comment

Chinese instantly like their new leader, Xi Jinping

(Note: for the full video of the new leadership debut with Chinese to English interpretation, go to Youku) The results of the selection, oops, election of Chinese new leadership were finally revealed. There was no suspense as to who will be the next president and premier, but educated guesses over the rest five spots on [...]

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