February 1, 2011Jing Gao2 Comments

Condom highly sought after as gift for Chinese New Year

From New Express Daily Right before Chinese New Year, a.k.a Spring Festival (tomorrow), shopping centers and supermarkets have geared up for people’s shopping spree. Condoms have been lined up alongside with other merchandise, such as health products and electric appliances, as red-hot New Year gifts and have found their way into people’s shopping carts. Some [...]

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February 1, 2011Jing Gao7 Comments

Chinese New Year, time for family reunion, except for homeless and abandoned children

From Southern Weekend At a shelter in the city of Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, 17 children are going to celebrate the beginning of the Year of Rabbit at its Protection Center for Homeless Children. Among the 17 kids, the youngest is 4 years old, and the oldest is aged 14. The newest comer arrived just a [...]

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January 31, 2011Jing GaoNo Comments

In China, employees amuse themselves with antics and cross-dressing at annual corporate dinners

As Chinese New Year draws near, the nation’s companies and employers are busying wrapping up the Year of Tiger with laughter and festivity. Annual dinners and parties are hosted right before the long holiday, and employees and even bosses laid their heads together to contribute to the long-awaited party of their own. Many netizens who [...]

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January 30, 2011Jing Gao4 Comments

Despite the taboo ‘Egypt,’ Chinese netizens echo its protests, cry out for Facebook in microblogs

Despite the fact that China has blocked the word “Egypt” from the country’s wildly popular Twitter-like service, Sina Microblog, not all Chinese shut their mouths. A picture of Egypt protest attached to one microblog post has been widely circulated in Sina’s micro-blogosphere. As Chinese censorship apparatus has rendered any attempt to key in the Chinese [...]

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January 29, 2011Jing Gao7 Comments

Chinese performance artist silently protests forced eviction by becoming “Invisible Man”

From Global Times Chinese Liu Bolin (刘勃麟) was born in 1973 in Shandong province. He graduated from Shandong Art Institute in 1995. He is well-known for making photographs of himself camouflaged in any environment. Each of his photos requires long hours of preparation, the longest being ten plus hours. He transforms himself into a painting [...]

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January 29, 2011Jing GaoNo Comments

Inspired partly by Kerouac’s On the Road, Chinese student hitchhikes 2,300 miles home

From China Newsweek 13 days, 3,700 kilometers (about 2,300 miles), 25 free rides. A senior college student at Nanjing Normal University finished Spring Festival Rush of excitement and warmth without spending a penny on transportation. Hu Beilei only brought a sleeping bag, some clothes, a camera, cookies, a map, a few postcards and some cash [...]

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January 28, 2011MeganNo Comments

Chinese propaganda official calls PM Wen Jiabao “troublemaker”, grapevine says

From Boxun A deputy director of China’s Central Propaganda Department bluntly accused Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao of being a troublemaker. According to officials of the Department then at the scene, he lost control when he was reprimanding his subordinate who came from Guangdong to Beijing to brief the boss about the work. The deputy head [...]

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January 28, 2011Jing GaoNo Comments

Viral funny song banned in Chinese basketball league games

From Beijing News The Chinese Basketball Association has officially announced that a folk song should no longer be played by host team DJs during any CBA games, as it is too disturbing and often brought about nuisance effects on guest team players. The folk song, Tan Te (literally means Uneasy), has been spread crazily all [...]

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January 27, 2011Jing Gao5 Comments

Photos: Chinese traded blood for food

Jing: Although in today’s Chinese cities, blood shortage and unsafe blood transfusion are no longer vexing issues, in the last century, China relied on paid blood donors to maintain an adequate supply. People in China’s rural regions where household income was not enough to keep body and soul together had a strong incentive to extend [...]

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January 27, 2011Jing Gao66 Comments

China Central Television news suspected to have stolen fighter jet scenes from Top Gun

From MITBBS and Yahoo Xinwen lianbo (新闻联播), or News Broadcast, on China Central Television (CCTV), comes under fire again for its report of an air force training exercise on January 23. In the newscast, the way a target was hit by the air-to-air missile fired by a J-10 fighter aircraft and exploded looks almost identical to [...]

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January 27, 2011Jing Gao2 Comments

Chinese Little Match Girl’s New Year wishes

Source: Sina&Youku Her name is Wang Xiaoxing, which in Chinese means Little Star. She is a second grader at a primary school in the city of Nanjing, Jiangsu Province. Her parents are truck farmers from Pizhou, Jiangsu. They now live in Jiangning, a district administered by Nanjing but rather far away from the city, and [...]

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January 27, 2011Chiafu Chen 陳家福27 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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