January 3, 2011Jing Gao2 Comments

Music Video: Application to Join the Chinese Communist Party; netizens’ comments

Lyrics by He Peixuan Composer: Fang Shi Sung by Jiang Tao I wrote an application to join the Party at the age of 18, But was too shy to submit it to the Party Branch. I read the Party Constitution through and through, And felt I was quite a distance away from meeting its requirement. [...]

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January 2, 2011Jing Gao13 Comments

RMB77 monthly rent in Beijing? Lie on TV involving Chinese President exposed by netizens

From Dapenti China Central Television’s news said that on January 1, 2011, Chinese President Hu Jintao brought his new year wishes to a neighborhood in Beijing. There he visited a low-income family who lives in a low-rent department – 77 yuan (US$12) a month – because of the Party’s policy to ensure the people’s welfare. [...]

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January 2, 2011Jing Gao3 Comments

Chinese village full of New Yorkers: a story of illegal emigration

From Nanfang Daily The decline of Caozhu Village is at the same pace with that of many rural villages in China. What’s different is, here, desolateness is caused by affluence instead of poverty. People have left waves after waves for their American dream. Their pursuit of happiness leads to a faraway city that has a 13-hour [...]

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December 31, 2010Jing Gao2 Comments

*Graphic Warning* Chinese bristle with indignation at horrific death of a village petitioner

Qian Yunhui, chief of Zhaiqiao Village, Yueqing City of Zhejiang Province in East China, was a prominent petitioner who had been jailed three times for speaking on behalf of the villagers, whose farmland was seized by local officials without any compensation. On the morning of December 25, upon receiving a mysterious phone call, Qian went [...]

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December 30, 2010Jing Gao6 Comments

Photos: Shortage of doctors and medical resources leaves millions of sick Chinese children untreated

From NetEase: Beijing has about 1.78 million “medical expert appointments”  available each year, but last year, 138 million requests for medical needs were made. People say that seeing a doctor is like fighting a battle, and making an appointment is like going through Spring Festival travel season. (Jing’s note: Because the significance of Spring Festival, or [...]

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December 25, 2010Jing Gao7 Comments

African soccer fans mistake Japanese referee as Chinese, smash Chinese-owned stores; Chinese netizens reactions

After a DP Congolese soccer club lost in the Club World Cup in Lubumbashi, a city in DP Congo where the club is based, local soccer fans angered by the referee’s decisions took to the streets and smashed and looted businesses run by Chinese, because they mistook the Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura as Chinese. If [...]

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December 24, 2010Jing Gao5 Comments

Photos: Catholicism in the countryside of Communist China

Contrary to popular belief, China is as much religious as it is atheist. While Buddhism has the biggest influence on Chinese society and culture, and about 1 to 2 percent of its population is Islamic, statistics of various sources put the number of Catholics in China anywhere from 6 million (a report approved at the [...]

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December 23, 2010Jing Gao16 Comments

In China, U.S. education becomes a selling point, and an incentive to lie

Ye Fei, a 23-year-old Chinese-American, is an inspirational role model for many young people. It is said that she was born in a well-off family in Beijing, studied abroad in Europe at an early age, won the “U.S. Presidential Award” as a graduating high school senior, went on to attend “Syracuse University, dubbed ‘Little Harvard,’ [...]

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December 22, 2010Jing Gao3 Comments

3-year-old Chinese girl does chores and takes care of disabled father; netizens divided reactions

From QQ and Wenxuecity: A series of photos of a three year old girl acting as a housekeeper have been widely circulated over the Internet. Touched by her, netizens gave her a cute nickname “little strong girl.” (坚强妞 jianqiangniu) Dong Xinyi was born in 2007 in a rural town in Leling, Shangdong, a province in East China. Though [...]

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December 21, 2010Jing Gao7 Comments

Photo diary records air pollution and belies China’s official count of “Blue Sky Days”

From s1979.com and QQ.com 365 Days of “Blue Sky Diary” by Two Beijingers Two people, a foolproof film camera, a heart that embraces a blue sky, and above  all, perseverance that carries them on for 365 days. What can these do? Let’s count how many purely “blue sky days” Beijing has in a year. Photographers Lu Weiwei [...]

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December 20, 2010Jing Gao6 Comments

Chinese netizens infuriated by U.S. media lumping China into the Axis of Evil

On December 7, 2010, Bret Stephens published an article titled “China Joins the Axis of Evil” in the Wall Street Journal. Though the tone of the article itself is moderate, the provocative title soon grabbed eyes of Chinese netizens, and made the online community bristle with indignation. Global Times, a government-backed newspaper wrote in its [...]

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December 20, 2010Jing Gao9 Comments

Chinese kung fu master KO’d by American fighter; Chinese netizens feel mortified (video)

The Shaolin Kung Fu and Shaolin monks have mystified the world with their incredible strength, vitality and flexibility. Therefore, when a Shaolin monk lost the battle to an American in Las Vegas, he really brought shame on Shaolin Kung Fu. Netizens criticized him as “merely being swanky with no substance” and an “impostor.”  It is said that after [...]

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December 18, 2010Jing Gao7 Comments

Discussion on relocating China’s capital resumes after Beijing is deemed unlivable

From chinanews.com Shen Hanyao, a Shanghai-based scholar, was quoted on December 13 as saying in order to address the outbreak of Beijing’s urban maladies, relocating the capital is the best option. Good candidates are Xinyang in Henan Province and Yueyang in Hunan Province. Critics of Shen said that his proposal is all about “relocating the capital [...]

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December 18, 2010Jing GaoNo Comments

News photo of snowy weather exposes extramarital affair

From Mop.com and douban.com Saturday, a news photo of pedestrians shivering in the chilly wind comes with the story The First Snow of This Winter on the front page of Wuxi Daily. The next day, a man made a phone call to the newspaper, lodging a complaint that the photo has captured him and his mistress [...]

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December 16, 2010Jing Gao5 Comments

Chinese beauty artist known for erotica sparks debate on marriage with feminist remarks

From Wenxuecity and QQ : Yi Yang, member of International Artists Association and a Chinese artist, has gained wide fame on the Internet for her paintings focusing on erotica. Her works on display in the streets of Beijing have come under fire. She came up with a catchy slogan “Leftover women, do not get married! Let’s [...]

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December 9, 2010Jing GaoOne Comment

Photo essay: Kung Fu Economy – China’s Buddhist Temple with a commercial face

From Netease: Ever since it was featured in a Hong Kong-made film, Shaolin, an ancient Buddhist temple with a history of more than a thousand years, has taken on a second life. Since the 1970s, in accordance with China’s economic boom, Shaolin has not only opened its door to visitors from far and near, but stepped [...]

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December 9, 2010Jing Gao5 Comments

14 women caught smuggling 88 iPads upon entry from Hong Kong to Shenzhen

From Guangzhou Daily Shenzhen Customs officers recently caught a gang of 14 smugglers red-handed and seized 340 brand-new cellphones, 88 iPads, which amount to 950,000 yuan (US$150,000). At 12:00 on December 2 during shift change, several men wandered around at the immigration hall, acting suspiciously. Customs officers became alert after notice them, and judged by their [...]

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December 7, 2010Jing GaoOne Comment

Chinese official kills 5 teens in a row while drunk driving; video compilation of Chinese traffic accidents

On Sunday night at 11:30 p.m., a county chief of state-owned postal service drove on the wrong side of the street and crashed into a group of seven teenagers, killing five while still under the influence. The driver reportedly refused to lend his cellphone to witness for calling the police, and attempted fleeing the accident [...]

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December 6, 2010Jing Gao3 Comments

Chinese on the Train: photojournalism that documents all walks of life

Wang Fuchun was born in 1943. He is a freelance photographer within the railway system. After graduating from the School for Engine Drivers early on, he worked as a train technician and therefore has a special attachment to the railroads. After photography became his career, he still makes sure railroads and trains are in his [...]

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December 6, 2010Jing GaoOne Comment

On eating mushroom or not, Chinese trust 11-year-old, discredit authorities

From Netease Soon after words got out that a primary school student found through lab research that “mushrooms on the market are whitened,” food safety has been once again brought to the spotlight. Beijing’s Food Safety Office issued a spot check result that says “97.73% of mushrooms have passed muster.” China Edible Fungi Association was also [...]

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