December 12, 2012Jing Gao5 Comments

Anchor at North Korea’s KCTV announces satellite launch success in dramatic tone

North Korea declared the launch of a satellite a success, and state television KCTV ran a brief report confirming as much on Wednesday morning. The video channel of Sina.com, one of China’s biggest internet portals, posted a segment of the news program, in which an anchorwoman in traditional Korean dress announced the news in a [...]

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December 12, 2012Jazza John2 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 8, 2012Beatrice2 Comments

Nail houses vs. demolition teams in China

The term “nail house” has been frequently used to refer to homes whose owners refuse to relocate and make room for development, for their homes jut out stubbornly like “nails” from the ground, where their neighboring structures are torn down or crushed unimpeded, and pulling out these “nails” seems like a mission impossible. Such homeowners [...]

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December 6, 2012Jazza John2 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, 2012Jing Gao9 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, 2012Jing GaoNo 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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December 1, 2012Jing Gao3 Comments

China’s first masturbation contest unveiled before World AIDS Day

From Weibo On the afternoon of November 28, the first hand job race ever in China was held in a small town in Shenzhen. According to the organizers, the event was to raise awareness of AIDS prevention, although it seems from the news photos and video that only seven men participated in the contest. All [...]

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November 30, 2012Jing Gao6 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, 2012Jazza JohnNo 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 28, 2012Jing Gao3 Comments

Netizens react: People’s Daily fooled by The Onion’s Sexiest Man Alive tribute to Kim Jong-un

Either People’s Daily has woefully made a fool of itself, or, as a handful of netizens conjectured below, they did this on purpose: The Communist mouthpiece dedicated a 55-photo slideshow to Kim Jong-Un on its website when it seriously reported that the North Korean leader was named by “U.S. website The Onion” as the Sexiest Man Alive of the year.

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November 27, 2012Jing GaoNo 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 26, 2012Jing Gao4 Comments

Aircraft-carrier style: Chinese netizens celebrate landing of carrier-based fighter with funny-looking pose

China successfully lands the first carrier-based fighter jet – J15 – on its newly christened aircraft carrier. But instead of the news itself, it is a rather trivial detail in a television news segment about it that has held Chinese netizens enthralled and inspired a new geeky and warped Internet meme. This is a screen [...]

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November 25, 2012Jing Gao3 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, 2012Jing Gao7 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, 2012Jing Gao3 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, 2012Jing Gao3 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 19, 2012Jing Gao9 Comments

Auto show publicly flogged for use of bikini-clad preteen girls as models

Photos from NetEase We are no stranger to the scantily-clad women and the whole sex-sells idea at Chinese auto shows. As if that were not controversial and low-taste enough, an auto show in Wuhan, Hubei province, asked little girls under 10 to dress in bikini and pose teasingly with automobiles, which immediately came under public [...]

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November 19, 2012Jing GaoOne Comment

5 homeless children in SW China die from hiding in trash bin to get warm

From NetEase and Sina Five boys were found dead inside roadside waste bins in Bijie, southwestern China’s Guizhou province, on the morning of November 16. Police investigation is under way. So far, the five boys have not been identified, but the preliminary result shows the boys may have been killed by CO gas poisoning after [...]

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November 16, 2012Jing GaoOne 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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November 14, 2012Jing Gao9 Comments

‘Party members get girls easily,’ memorable moments at 18th party congress

It is widely understood that the 18th National Party Congress of the Communist Party, except for the closing ceremony where the new lineup of Chinese leadership will take the stage, is nothing but carefully staged show with no substance. But some outright lies, shameless tributes and histrionic playacting may make you laugh and give you [...]

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