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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November 13, 2012Jing Gao2 Comments

Boy defecates on Guangzhou’s subway train

A photo of a boy around the age of 10 defecating inside a subway train carriage has been circulating like a wildfire since it was posted Saturday. The majority of Chinese netizens were dumbfounded and vehemently criticized the boy and his parent, who, according to a witness, stood by during the entire process and did [...]

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November 13, 2012Jing GaoNo Comments

Pic of the day: Backlog of packages engulfs delivery company

China’s package delivery industry feels the impact of the country’s online shopping spree. User @梁大大大豪 reported on Sina Weibo, a popular social media site similar to Twitter and Facebook, “This is what Shentong (Note: a Chinese package-delivery company) across the street looked like when I arrived at my company in the morning. They say it started handling packages at [...]

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November 8, 2012Jing GaoOne Comment

Weibo highlights: Chinese President Hu Jintao on political reform during 18th Party Congress

During his speech at the opening session of the 18th National Party Congress of the Communist Party of China, Chinese President Hu Jintao said, “In over 30 years of continuous and consistent exploration since the Reform and Opening Up, we have been unswervingly holding high the great banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics. Neither will [...]

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November 8, 2012Jing GaoNo Comments

Chinese net users and state-run media react to US presidential election, differently

As Americans eyed anxiously the election of their next president, Chinese social media sites have been abuzz over the tight race between Mitt Romney and incumbent Obama. The excitement of the online crowd rose to fever pitch after the results were announced. According to the measurement given by Sina Weibo, Chinese hybrid of Facebook and [...]

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November 5, 2012Jing GaoNo Comments

Chinese netizens feel ‘sorry’ for 18th Party Congress of Kuomintang in Taiwan

Just when we thought Chinese netizens may have whined enough about how the upcoming 18th Chinese Communist Party Congress, set to begin on November 8, is a sheer waste of manpower and money that inconveniences people’s normal life for nothing, a series of pictures taken during the 18th National Congress of Kuomintang, or the Nationalist [...]

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November 5, 2012Jing Gao2 Comments

Pic of the day: No body odor under armpits at Hainan Airlines

China’s Hainan Airlines launched a recruitment drive in Taiyuan, Shanxi province to scout pilots from fresh college graduates. The minimum requirements include: 170 cm to 187 cm in height, fluency in English, accessible personality, and no body odor. Anyone that smells will be eliminated immediately. The pictures show recruiters smell candidates’ armpits during the screening [...]

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November 2, 2012Jing GaoNo Comments

Beijing’s paranoia before Communist Party congress, aka ‘Sparta,’ drives netizens crazy

The political struggles at the top echelon of the Chinese leadership are getting increasingly intense as the 18th Party Congress, where the next generation of the country’s leaders will be announced, approaches. Anything that goes wrong before the political dust settle may bode ill for the regime, which sees stability as the top priority, even [...]

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October 31, 2012Jing GaoOne Comment

CCTV’s extensive coverage of Hurricane Sandy gives fodder for satire

As the East Coast of the United States braces against the superstorm Sandy, China Central Television has dispatched a cohort of reporters to cover the calamity and reserved a significant part of its news program for its coverage. However, instead of focusing on how American people have suffered, most Chinese netizens took the television network to task.

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October 30, 2012Jing Gao3 Comments

Ningbo drops chemical project amid protests, but it is truly victory?

After days of protests over the proposed expansion of a petrochemical plant, the authorities finally gave in to swelling opposition by announcing that the environmentally sensitive project, which is expected to produce p-Xylene, or PX, will be permanently cancelled. Protesters who braved the online censorship by uploading photos of the scenes onto Chinese social media [...]

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October 29, 2012Jing GaoNo Comments

Pic of the day: A quick vocabulary lesson in Chinese fashion buzzwords

From New York Magazine: http://nymag.com/thecut/2012/08/scenes-from-the-chinese-consumerist-revolution.html 代购, dai gou (MOT translation: proxy-shopper): An agent hired to buy luxury goods overseas to avoid the import tax. 暴发户, bao fa hu: Nouveau riche, parvenu. 山寨, Shan hai: An obvious counterfeit, i.e., a monogram LU bag (after LV, or Louis Vuitton). 酷, ku: Cool. 晒, shai: To show off [...]

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October 28, 2012Jing GaoNo Comments

Following Ningbo’s civil protests over chemical project on Weibo

The third major wave of NIMBY protests out of environmental concerns erupted in China’s southeastern city of Ningbo in Zhejiang province. But what makes it different from the previous two, one in Shifang, Sichuan province and the other in Qidong, Jiangsu province, is that the flow of information about the protest is obstructed on Chinese [...]

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October 26, 2012Jing Gao22 Comments

What consequences must a laowai (foreigner) accept if he marries a Chinese woman?

The following is translation of a blog post written by a Chinese stand-up comedian living in the United States. He claims he interviewed “a dozen laowai married to Chinese wives” before he summed it up in this article, which lists “no privacy”, “a palate for everything”, “driving kids to death” among others as the consequences of an interracial marriage between a Chinese woman and a foreigner. The post, published yesterday, immediately gained popularity on Chinese social media and Internet forums.

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October 26, 2012Jing Gao3 Comments

Kindergarten teacher’s child abuse photo album sparks public fury

A young female kindergarten teacher pulls a little boy off the floor by his years. She keeps smiling, while the boy are crying out loud, his ears twisted out of shape. This was the most circulated image on Chinese social media yesterday. Net users were so outraged by the scene that they spread the image around, vowing to ferret out the identity of the monster and bring her to justice.

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October 25, 2012Jing Gao2 Comments

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A master’s graduate coming from rural China did not find an ideal job in the city and returned to his village to work on the farm. His father, who has been a peasant for his entire life, felt so humiliated and depressed by his son’s choice, or rather, lack of any, and attempted suicide. On [...]

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October 24, 2012Jing Gao3 Comments

In desperate attempt to fight myopia, China invents goofy eye exercises

A new set of eye exercises, which can reportedly relieve eye strain and help prevent myopia, has become the latest running joke on Chinese social media. In the demonstrative video, a little girl at about the age of ten keeps rolling her eyes and squinting sideways, which makes Chinese netizens, all of whom have grown [...]

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October 18, 2012Jing Gao3 Comments

China’s ‘Basketball Grandma’ fighting aging and poverty becomes Internet star

Zhu Shumei, 76, has captured Chinese net users’ hearts lately. Standing only 150 cm tall (5 ft.), the hunchbacked granny plays basketball every day on a university campus in Jinhua, Zhejiang in East China. After photos of her exercising got viral on Chinese social media, netizens gave her a lovely nickname: “Basketball Grandma.” However, her life is not as sunny as she seems.

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October 17, 2012Jing Gao2 Comments

Chinese flags at half-mast for Cambodia’s former king Norodam Sihanouk anger netizens

Chinese flags on a number of landmarks in Beijing, including Tiananmen Square, Xinhua Gate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Beijing’s airports, will be flown at half-mast all day Tuesday, as the body of former Cambodian king Norodom Sihanouk, who died of a heart attack at 90 in the city last week, is scheduled to be [...]

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October 17, 2012Jing Gao2 Comments

China’s sudden love affair with Mo Yan, the Nobel laureate in Literature

After Mo Yan was announced the winner of Nobel Prize in Literature, his books were snapped up and became out of stock across the nation, his speeches are being parsed, and so many public and private entities are cashing in on him, in which he felt no pleasure or relief. Chinese writer Mo Yan, the [...]

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