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July 3, 2012One Comment

Lei Feng and “The most beautiful” – modern Chinese heroes as the glue of socioeconomic harmony

Note: Gil Hizi is Ministry of Tofu’s contributor. He is also the chief editor of website Thinking Chinese. The stories of Zhang Lili (张丽莉, aka ‘zui mei jiaoshi’, ‘most beautiful/virtuous teacher’), the Harbin middle school teacher who sacrificed herself to save two pupils from the wheels of a vehicle, and Wu Bin (吴斌, aka ‘zui mei [...]

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June 30, 20124 Comments

Why 98.5% of Chinese want to abolish the crime of ‘whoring underage girls’

From 3g.cn On June 25, a symposium on the crime of ‘whoring underage girls’ once again drew the public attention onto the highly controversial legal concept. As the number of sexual assaults on young girls is on the rise, the outcry against the crime type is gaining momentum, as it is widely believed to have [...]

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June 26, 201216 Comments

Shanghai metro blames sexual harassment on women’s immodest clothing; netizens’ reaction

From Sina, NetEase Shanghai Metro has triggered a national debate over the root cause of numerous recent sexual harassments on the city’s subway lines after its official microblog on Sina Weibo called on female passengers to dress appropriately. On the evening of June 20, Shanghai No.2 Metro Operation, uploaded to its official Sina Weibo account [...]

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June 25, 20128 Comments

Forced abortion victim branded ‘traitor’ for talking to foreign media

A Chinese author named Cao Junshu posted onto Sina Weibo, China’s immensely popular microblogging service, several pictures in which the local authorities led villagers to unfurl banners insulting the family of a woman who was forced to undergo an abortion seven months into her pregnancy. Until press time, the post has been reposted over 48,000 [...]

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June 18, 20128 Comments

Astronauts’ special food supply angers Chinese netizens

From Beijing News Just as China sends a manned spacecraft into orbit for its first docking mission, a news report about how Chinese astronauts depend on special food supply for nutrition and health has sparked widespread anger over the government’s failure to improve food safety for the general public. Some even call on the authorities [...]

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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, 20123 Comments

Chinese “Pancake people” – Scratching the surface of modernity

Note: Gil Hizi is Ministry of Tofu’s contributor. He is also the chief editor of website Thinking Chinese. Jianbing (煎饼), often translated to ‘Chinese pancake’, is one of the most celebrated snacks Northeast Chinese streets, and even foreigners tend to appreciate its greasy taste and its high calorie-per-money value. In recent years the jianbing is facing [...]

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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 17, 20124 Comments

North Korea holds Chinese fishermen hostage, demands ransom; netizens irate

From Caixin Four Chinese fishing boats were seized by unidentified North Koreans eight days ago when they were fishing in the Chinese waters. Until press time, only one boat managed to escape and returned to China. Other three boats, with 29 fishermen on board, are being held to a ransom of 900,000 Chinese yuan, according [...]

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May 16, 20124 Comments

72.7% of Chinese are satisfied with crackdown on corruption? Netizens: ‘My @ss!’

From Sina NetEase 72.2 percent of Chinese are satisfied with China’s anti-corruption work in 2011, compared with only 51.9 percent in 2003, said Cui Hairong, deputy director of China’s National Bureau of Corruption Prevention at an international conference hosted by Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption. The news met with unanimous derision, sarcasm and outrage [...]

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May 15, 201223 Comments

Beijing starts cleanup of three-have-nots foreign expats

From Sohu Beijing’s Bureau of Public Security has announced a hundred-day crackdown on foreign nationals who have no valid visa, residence permit or work permit, which lasts from May 15 to the end of August. Beijing residents are encouraged to inform against any such three-have-nots foreigner. This special strike-hard campaign is believed to have much [...]

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May 10, 20122 Comments

Over a million Chinese families lost their only adult children, end up with an empty nest

From Guangzhou Daily They are mostly in their 50s. For over 20 years, they had lived happily with their only children. Just as they started to prepare new homes and dowry for their progeny, unexpected calamities took away lives of these children. From then on, they have been living with sufferings and pangs of pain [...]

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May 8, 20129 Comments

Brazilian beaten by thieves for stopping crime, as dozens of Chinese and 2 chengguan look on

From NetEase As a pickpocket snuck his hands into a woman’s handbag, a Brazilian man intervened to stop the theft. His act riled the thief and his two accomplices, all of whom ganged up to assault him with sticks and leather belts. About two dozens of passersby stood by and watched with folded arms. Two [...]

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May 7, 201221 Comments

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A foreigner who snacked with an old beggar on two bags of French fries and chatted with her on the side walk has become the latest hot topic on China’s social network. On the afternoon of May 5, user “轻疯患者Mr_Q(Weibo page)” posted on Sina Weibo a photo with comment: “Outside a McDonald’s restaurant, a foreigner [...]

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May 5, 20122 Comments

Netizens discuss Chen Guangcheng’s “happy ending” and U.S. embassy’s role

After Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced at a press conference that Chen Guangcheng could well apply to study abroad just as any other Chinese citizen can, the U.S. State Department issued a statement that says Chen has been offered a financial aid package by a U.S. university and is allowed to bring his wife and [...]

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May 4, 20125 Comments

Beijing’s bashing of U.S. government on activist Chen Guangcheng backlashes at home

Four major state-run newspapers in Beijing published strongly worded editorials on the same day, accusing the U.S. politicians of “clumsy antics” and using activist Chen Guangchang as a pawn against China. Beijing Daily: “Looking at U.S Politicans’ Clumsy Antics through Chen Guangcheng.” Beijing Times: “Chen Guangcheng Is A Newly Found Tool And Pawn of America; [...]

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May 3, 20122 Comments

Video: Hospital staff forced to kowtow for forgiveness at a patient’s funeral

From Sina After a patient died allegedly from medical malpractice in Shaanxi province, the hospital’s president and more than 40 staff members put on heavy mourning garments and attended the patient’s funeral, where the president gave a tearful self-criticism speech and kowtowed with the rest of the staff to the portrait of the deceased. The hospital was even [...]

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April 27, 2012One Comment

Vancl T-Shirts featuring quotes of Chinese PM Wen Jiabao get confiscated

A Chinese company was penalized for selling politically themed T-shirts and using the images of Chinese leaders over violation of the country’s advertising law. Vancl, an online clothing retailer, advertised on its official website its latest two T-shirts lines that were inspired by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and former paramount leader Deng Xiaoping. Even though [...]

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April 26, 2012One Comment

Chinese rural children malnourished, anemic and poisoned

Additional sources: People’s Daily Online, Southern Weekend, China News Approximately 40 percent of children in rural China are stunted as a result of maternal and childhood malnutrition, according to a 2009 UNICEF report.  Corruption and incompetence at the local level have only made the matter worse by sickening even more children. In Gaohan Village, Yunnan [...]

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April 19, 20127 Comments

Chinese pupil poses moral conundrum after being criticized for “wrong” answer

In a quiz on Chinese reading, a first grader answered “No, I won’t” to the question “Would you give up your pear out of courtesy to your brothers if you were Kong Rong?” He got a huge “X” for his answer from his teacher. The child’s father, upon seeing the answer sheet, took a picture [...]

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