October 15, 2012Jing GaoNo Comments

Man sent to labor camp for subversive comments and T-shirt files lawsuit

A college graduate detained and sent to a labor camp for forwarding ‘subversive’ content on a microblogging site sued the labor camp in Chongqing Wednesday. On the web, he has garnered immense support for his fight for freedom of speech. His lawyer, also a human rights activist, defended him fervently in court and publicly indicted [...]

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October 10, 2012Jing Gao5 Comments

Hundreds of thousands of newspapers ordered to be destroyed in cover-up of corruption claim

A government official in Fujian province used his political clout to prevent hundreds of thousands of copies of a newspaper that portrays him in a bad light from hitting the market a thousand miles away. The magnitude of the censorship effort has been exposed on Chinese social media by renowned investigative journalists and astounded netizens [...]

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October 9, 2012Jing Gao2 Comments

Chinese’ nonsensical answers to “Are You Happy” baffle CCTV and amuse netizens

Video and photos from Sina Weibo During the past eight-day Mid-Autumn and National Day holiday, China Central Television, the state broadcaster, aired a nine-part special series, titled “Reaching the Grass Roots: People’s Voices From Within”, featuring interviews of ordinary men and women in the streets by asking them if they feel happy. It is said that [...]

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October 7, 2012Jing Gao2 Comments

Camels die from overwork during China’s weeklong holiday; netizens lament

From Sina Several camels at a tourist hot spot in Northwest China have died from receiving a record-high number of visitors during China’s eight-day holiday. Mingsha Mountain (Singing-sand Mountain-dunes), 6 km south of the city of Dunhuang in Gansu Province, is one of the most well-known tourist attractions in the country. It is a range [...]

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October 5, 2012Jing GaoOne Comment

Pic of the day: After landslide, “We can no longer hear them read”

18 Students Buried by Landslide in Yiliang, Yunnan province. We Can No Longer Hear Them Read.  – Front page, Qilu Evening News, October 5, 2012. While the disaster, which struck the area on October 4 after days of continuous rain, was an act of God, many are questioning why the students were still having classes [...]

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October 4, 2012Jing GaoOne Comment

Mitt Romney’s mention of China during US presidential debate highlighted in the country

From Sina Weibo In addition to the 67 million American viewers who were glued to their TV sets for the first of three presidential debates between President Obama and Republican candidate Governor Mitt Romney, half a globe away, netizens in China have also been talking about it, especially when their motherland was touched upon by one of [...]

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October 4, 2012Jing Gao3 Comments

Pic of the day: White Guards

White guards? Four foreigners wearing red armbands join Beijing public security officers as volunteers Wednesday to patrol on the city’s streets. (Picked from NetEase)

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October 3, 2012Jing GaoOne Comment

U.S. grants visa-free status to Taiwan; Chinese netizens covet it

Taiwan will be included into the U.S. Visa Waiver Program, which allows Taiwanese passport holders to enter the U.S. for up to 90 days without a previously arranged travel visa. The latest announcement has been heatedly discussed on Chinese social media. One microblogging post, which describes the difference between ‘the dark red passport’ (Chinese) and ‘the [...]

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October 3, 2012Jing Gao2 Comments

Retired official who reported corruption died suspiciously

Photos and comments from NetEase, story from Shangdu A retired official in south China was found dead in a bathroom while he was held in detention on September 26. The authorities announced it was a suicide and tried to cremate his body immediately, but his family thought otherwise. Wang Zhongping, 60, was the chief director [...]

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October 1, 2012Jing Gao3 Comments

China’s highways so jammed during major holidays, travelers work out during long waits

From NetEase This year, the Mid-Autumn Day, a traditional Chinese harvest festival based on Chinese lunar calendar, happens to fall on September 30, one day before the Chinese National Day, which means the usual seven-day Golden Week celebration for the National Day is be prolonged by one more day. In the mean time, China has [...]

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September 28, 2012Jing Gao3 Comments

Frame by frame, Chinese anime blatantly plagiarizes Japan’s Hikarian: Great Railroad Protector

It may be offensive to review how China lags far behind and yet is so eager to imitate Japan at a time when anti-Japanese sentiments have swept China, but a video that compares scenes of the Japanese anime “Hikarian: Great Railroad Protector” with a Chinese cartoon called “高铁侠”, which literally means ‘High-speed Train Hero’, can [...]

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September 26, 2012Jing Gao3 Comments

Teacher stamps marks on underachieving students’ faces

From Southern Metropolis Daily and Sina Weibo An elementary school teacher in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen has been widely criticized on the Internet for stamping red and blue marks on her students’ faces based on how they behave at school to tell good students from “bad” ones. The complaint over the public humiliation [...]

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September 25, 2012Jing GaoNo Comments

Hurdler Liu Xiang made fun of in ad for sexual dysfunction

Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang, the nation’s sports darling after snatching a gold medal in the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics, has become the target of ridicule and a protagonist of a cautionary tale in an advertisement for premature ejaculation treatment. The photo of this advertisement in print has been viral on Chinese social media, including Sina [...]

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September 24, 2012Jing Gao4 Comments

Briton doled out food to homeless people in China for 7 years

From NetEase A British engineer sold out his three companies, estate and two race cars seven years ago and came to Xi’an, China, to provide food to the homeless people. Recently, his story has garnered much support and respect from many Chinese netizens, while some others sniff at it. 46-year-old Tony used to be an [...]

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September 16, 2012Jing Gao9 Comments

On Weibo, Japanophobic mobsters are far from the majority

By Sunday, September 16, hundreds of thousands of Chinese in 85 cities had participated in the two-day anti-Japanese street protests, according to Japan’s Kyodo News, many of which ended on a hideous note, with properties that are made in Japan or sound Japanese-owned smashed, ransacked and burnt down by mobsters. Photos and footage of the monstrosity on [...]

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September 15, 2012Jing Gao14 Comments

Chinese businesses, car owners play nationalist card to appeal to Japan haters and avoid violence

Photos from Sina Weibo and NetEase The Sino-Japanese relations have come to a complete frost after Tokyo’s recent announcement of its intent to nationalize the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands which are currently administered by Japan but claimed by China. Chinese’ century-old resentment against Japan has flared up once again. In addition to protests and clamor that filled [...]

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September 14, 2012Jing GaoNo Comments

Apple’s launch of iPhone 5 mocked in China

Has Chinese love affair with Apple’s products died with its former leader Steve Jobs, who enjoyed a cult-like status in China? Not sure, but the iPhone 5, which at first sight looks nothing different from its predecessors other than half an inch longer, has clearly disappointed Chinese consumers. Netizens, who never fail to amp up [...]

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September 14, 2012Jing GaoNo Comments

Shanghai defines mentally ill patients, hunts down accordingly; One netizen cued

Caixin magazine reports that Shanghai will inquire into its residents and detect mentally ill patients. According to the news story, Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Public Health has recently issued a new guideline on mental disease diagnosis and treatment and instructed local communities to find out odd behaviors of their members and report cases. Among the [...]

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September 7, 2012Jing Gao7 Comments

Chinese woman faces 11 years in jail for sneaking cosmetics from abroad; netizens cry foul

From Sina Weibo, Jinghua Daily A 30-year-old Chinese woman was sentenced to 11-year-imprisonment and fined half a million Chinese yuan (US$78,100) for evading more than one million yuan in customs duty on foreign beauty products brought from South Korea. Her boyfriend, regarded as her accomplice, received a 5-year jail sentence and was ordered to pay [...]

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September 5, 2012Jing GaoNo Comments

Pic of the day: Quadruplets hairdos

Identical quadruplets in Shenzhen get numeral hair-dos for school teachers to tell them apart. (Picked from Xinhua)

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