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 and 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 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 Gao2 Comments

News photo of snowy weather exposes extramarital affair

From and 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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December 6, 2010Jing Gao2 Comments

China’s largest animal migration: 1,500 stray dogs relocated to new shelter

From Xinhua On the bus, a volunteer uses wooden planks to block bus entrance and exit to prevent dogs from running away. Dogs ride the bus to their new home. Saturday, as the last carful of stray dogs were shipped into the new shelter, relocation of Ping’an-Afu Base for Stray Dogs came to an end. The [...]

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December 5, 2010Jing Gao5 Comments

Chinese uptown girl posts pictures to flaunt wealth; netizens’ comment

From 小和尚女施主: I really don’t get it. What are these second-generation rich people driving at? No one envies you because you are rich. Every one has their fate. Even if you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth, you don’t have to be so arrogant. It’s your own business if you drive [...]

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December 4, 2010Jing Gao4 Comments

Funny dance by Chinese chengguan (city management personnel) makes a mark; netizens comment

Unblocked version here Jing’s note: Chengguan, or China’s city management and law enforcement personnel, are notorious in China for often brutally and inhumanely treating street vendors and tramps, sometimes by beating them and other times by destroying their businesses, and driving them away. Chinese people in chorus detests the powerful and sympathize with the bullied and [...]

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December 4, 2010Jing GaoNo Comments

China’s toll stations of all kinds: from the makeshift to the state-of-the-art

From Netease The toll bar The sign reads “toll” The notice says “The road is bumpy and inconvenient for transportation. It requires maintenance and renovation urgently. From November 2, all vehicles passing are charged a ‘maintenance and renovation fee’, which is 10 yuan (US$1.5) for passenger vehicle, 20 – 40 yuan for freight vehicle, 5 yuan [...]

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December 3, 2010Jing GaoNo Comments

Chinese man jailed for 22 years until 2020 for “Hooliganism”, a charge that no longer exists; netizens’ comment

Niu Yuqiang (left) with his wife and son at home in Beijing From Netease 27 years ago, he, an 18 year old, was given stayed death sentence because he robbed someone of a hat and fought with his friends. 20 years ago, he, suffering from severe illness, was released on medical parole. He got married and [...]

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December 3, 2010Jing GaoNo Comments

Snow White commits incest? Grimm’s Fairy Tales turned hardcore and sold in China

From Snow White is hunted down by the queen, her stepmother because of incest with her father; Snow White flees into the forest and rolls in the hay with the Seven Dwarfs every night; Prince fell in love with the dead princess, for he is necrophiliac … These stories are said to be the real version of [...]

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December 2, 2010Jing Gao2 Comments

China’s sexiest Chinese language teacher: “Beautiful and pure, demure and elegant”; netizens’ comment

From Selected comments by users at 专翻紫禁城的强: Why the more I look at her, the more she looks a she-male? 80后高级牛郎: “Take off your pants! I am the headmaster!” 那年炎天: Too thin, a failure. No boobs, a failure. Feigning innocence, failure of the failure! 漠漠如冰: Be a teacher and exemplar for others. Influence others [...]

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