January 27, 2011Chiafu Chen 陳家福26 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, 2011Jing GaoOne 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, 2011Jing Gao2 Comments

While tens of millions Chinese travel home for the New Year, vagabonds keep drifting

As Spring Festival Rush begins, and tens of millions of Chinese travel home to reunite with their families for the most important traditional Chinese holiday, some homeless people have decided to keep drifting. For them, there is no place called home.

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January 25, 2011Jing Gao2 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 24, 2011Jing Gao2 Comments

January 23, 2011Jing Gao8 Comments

China’s self-promotional ad at Times Square thumbed down by Chinese netizens

China’s self-promotional ad has finally been unveiled and made an even bigger impression than anticipated: launched on January 17, two days before Chinese President Hu Jintao’s three day visit in the United States, the 60-second ad will be displayed on six giant screens in New York City’s Times Square 300 times a day for a [...]

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January 22, 2011Jing Gao2 Comments

Chinese hit the bumpy road home for Lunar New Year, signifying the beginning of the largest annual human migration

Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, is the most important holiday to Chinese people. It is based on Chinese lunar calendar and falls on different dates in the western calendar each year. The first date of the Year of Rabbit, the majority of which overlaps with 2011, is on February 3, 2011. As is the [...]

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January 19, 2011Jing Gao2 Comments

Corrupt Chinese officials find a novel way to rake in money–writing books

From Legal Daily In recent years, Chinese officials jump on the band wagon of writing books. Some of them use it as a secret weapon to siphon off money. They went cahoots with publishers to get their books onto the market, and then urge their subordinates to buy their books or purchase books in large [...]

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January 18, 2011Jing Gao5 Comments

Pretty Chinese girl sings for a living on the street, auctions off her first love at RMB100,000

From Hexun Qilu People’s Daily Online Xinhua A post about a girl singing in Beijing’s underpass for a living has become extremely hot in China’s cyberspace. It dubs the girl “Panhandling Loli.” (Jing’s note: Loli, a reference to Vladimir Nabokov’s book Lolita, is now widely used in Chinese Internet culture as a synonym for pretty [...]

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January 18, 2011Jing Gao6 Comments

Official micro-blog of China’s local police department follows Japanese porn star only

Many regional police departments have launched their micro-blogs, a similar service to that of Twitter, at Sina, for promoting their image and public relations. Most netizens are not in the least surprised by the growing trend. However, Xigang Branch Office of Dalian Police Department in China’s northeast was a jaw-dropping one. It’s micro-blog, only half-a-month-old, [...]

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January 17, 2011Jing GaoNo Comments

Funny androgynous Chinese singing group on reality TV

The temporary boy band is called “Gold Medal Boyz.” It consisted of five men, all of whom were contestants of the same talent show called “Jue Dui Chang Xiang,” or Absolutely Sing Aloud, a popular show produced by Jiangsu TV.

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January 16, 2011Jing GaoOne Comment

McDonald’s repackages itself and branches out in China to lure Chinese young middle-class

Yang Yang walked slowly down an aisle about six meters long. The wall on the side is embossed with several ice cream cones with doodles of English words on the wooden “cones.”  Rows of stylish armchairs and leather ice cream chairs sit at the end of the aisle. Cozy yellow light is shed onto the [...]

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January 15, 2011Jing Gao3 Comments

Faced with forced fish pond seizure, Chinese farmer hangs himself; netizens’ comments

From Kdnet and Tianya Xun Jide, a farmer at Xindang Village, Funing County in Jiangsu Province, hanged himself onto an excavator on the early morning of January 12, 2011. He died at the age of 63. Xun had been a fish farmer for 13 years and had raised hundreds of tons of fish in a [...]

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January 15, 2011Jing Gao2 Comments

American man touches Chinese netizens’ hearts by 20 years’ research on Chinese characters

An American man who enjoys the study of Chinese characters has become all the rage and “touched China.” A net user with sign-on “grass-roots rabble” (“草根屁民”) wrote on his/her microblog, “A foreigner that has deeply touched China in 2011: he has spent 22 years sorting out oracles characters, Bronze characters, Seal characters and so forth [...]

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January 14, 2011Jing GaoOne Comment

2-year-old Chinese boy killed by a police car

A Chinese policeman on patrol ran over a 2-year-old boy with his vehicle and killed him yesterday in Shenzhen, a city in southern China. It’s the third death from a police car in the city since 2010. When the reporter with Guangzhou Daily hurried to the scene, a patrol car with the license plate “粤B0782警” [...]

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January 14, 2011Jing Gao3 Comments


From Sohu and Tiexue Selected comments from Tiexue: 942995: It is her own breast milk. She can feed it to whoever she likes. dkr023: She isn’t afraid of rabies. Besides, who can popularize the scientific notion of when girls have breast milk? 这用户名已经被注册: Women will lactate 24 hours after giving birth. Some women who miscarried [...]

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January 13, 2011Chiafu Chen 陳家福7 Comments

Chinese students are paid to “spontaneously” welcome President’s visit to the U.S.

From Radio Free Asia and Boxun Chinese President Hu Jintao is about to visit the United States later this month. Meanwhile, Chinese consulates and student associations in U.S. universities are gathering steam to mobilize students’ interest. Multiple Chinese student associations based in and near Washington D.C. and Chicago have issued notices saying that those who [...]

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January 13, 2011Jing Gao3 Comments

China’s banal news narrative mocked by netizens

From Radio Free Asia and Tianya Recently a post titled “Quintessence of contents of China Central Television’s News Broadcast in the past 30 years” is being circulated in Chinese blogosphere. Using 20 fill-in-the-blank sentences, it sums up the News Broadcast’s  rhetoric full of boilerplate and formality that has remained unchanged for decades. Xinwen Lianbo on [...]

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January 12, 2011Jing Gao6 Comments

Chinese rural schoolchildren brave cold snap’s icy weather; netizens’ comments

From NetEase and QQ Hit by icy rain and freezing temperatures, regions in China’s southwest, such as Hunan, Guangxi and Guizhou Provinces, have declared a state of emergency. Schools in the worst-hit areas have suspended classes, closed, postponed final exams, or begun the winter vacation earlier than usual. However, because roads leading to schools in [...]

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January 12, 2011Jing Gao2 Comments

Daily China News (01/12/2011) – life imprisonment, emission quota, and more.

According to China Seismological Network, at 9:19 a.m. (GMT+8) on January 12, 2011, a 5.0-magnitude earthquake struck South Yellow Sea. Residents in Shanghai could feel the quake. J-20, China’s stealth jet took off just before 1 p.m. local time and flew for about 18 minutes, according to Chinese bloggers. The test flight coincides with U.S. [...]

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