July 30, 2012Jing Gao9 Comments

Qidong NIMBY protesters raid government offices, mob and strip mayor of clothes

Source: Canyu.org, Weibo, Renren A water discharge project in the pipeline was immediately scrapped after thousands of residents in Qidong, a coastal city in East China, staged a protest amid growing concerns over pollution problems on July 28. Despite that it marks the victory for the public opinion and environmentalists, it is also worth noting [...]

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July 29, 2012Jazza John3 Comments

London’s Olympic Media Centre picks on Chinese for unruliness? Netizens report discrimination

From IFENG July 29th, London. It was reported by Phoenix TV that Chinese journalists using the Olympic Media Centre in London had been offended by a sign posted only in Chinese asking the journalists to respect the personal space of those working at the centre and to ask before taking their photograph. “To our Chinese [...]

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July 27, 2012Jing GaoOne Comment

Photos: Tianjin people seek pleasure in battle against rainstorm and flood

Just as Beijing is inundated with widespread public criticism of its poor infrastructure and government incompetence in the wake of a deadly rainstorm, which killed 77 people, Tianjin, a city 88 miles away with a population of more than 12 million, was hit with a similarly heavy rainfall and soon submerged in water. However, unlike [...]

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July 26, 2012Jing Gao12 Comments

Premature baby girl discarded in trash bin with throat cut

From NetEase At a little past 8 o’clock. on July 23, a rag-collecting scrap-peddling old man found a premature newborn in a trash bin in Anshan, Liaoning province. When the baby girl was found, she was wrapped in two plastic bags with her placenta and umbilical cord still attached and a very deep cut on [...]

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July 20, 2012Jing Gao3 Comments

Photos: Chinese kids on the trampoline

From NetEase In 2008, He Wenna won the first Olympic trampoline gold medal for China. Within the next few years, this previously unpopular sport has been elevated to be another priority and potentially medal-rich discipline of China. Under China’s state-supported sports system, batch after batch of preschool-age children are being sent onto the path that [...]

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July 17, 2012Jing Gao9 Comments

Hong Kong youth’s protest over patriotic education causes a stir among netizens

A compilation of pictures showing Hong Kong students’ growing discontent with being brainwashed with Pro-Communist rhetoric resonates deeply with Chinese netizens. It was shared by over 2,600 Weibo users and received hundreds of user comments. The pictures are screenshots of a television report uploaded by Apple Daily, a Hong Kong-based media group, onto YouTube. The [...]

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July 17, 2012Jing Gao4 Comments

Thousands demand apology from top official who disrupts traffic at tourist attraction

From Sina Weibo A top government official sparked public outrage at a famous tourist attraction after his privilege compromised interests of thousands of tourists. On the morning of July 15, all shuttle buses that travel back and forth between the park entrance and Heaven Lake, a crater lake on top of Changbai Mountain in Northeast [...]

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July 15, 2012Jing Gao4 Comments

Chinese teenage girl driven to anorexia by academic stress

From QQ A girl lost about 60 pounds within a year and at one point weighed only 75 pounds, after she fared far worse than usual on a single entrance exam, which let both herself and her father terribly down. She is still being treated for her eating disorder at a local hospital and hooked [...]

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July 11, 2012Jing Gao3 Comments

Miss Chongqing contest found rigged after its beauty queens are deemed ‘too ugly’

From NetEase, Chongqing Morning Post A beauty pageant in Chongqing received a lot of flak for selecting three “ugly and scary” women as the winners. The photo of the top three beauty queens has become the target of verbal attacks and insults on Chinese social media sites, and by the end of yesterday, a judge [...]

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July 10, 2012Jing Gao2 Comments

Latest Chinese Internet meme after CCTV’s ‘David Gate’–Dressing the nude in artwork

From NetEase China Central Television, the state-run national broadcaster, becomes a laughingstock after it blurred David’s penis in a newscast about an exhibition in the National Museum of China. The censors’ heavy hand to the Renaissance masterpiece created by the Italian artist Michelangelo has become the fodder for an Internet meme and inspired a new [...]

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July 9, 2012Archer Wang4 Comments

The Last Mantou in Memory of the Only Child

From Sina Weibo: Hundreds of millions of Chinese parents ended up having one child, in line with the one-child policy, and that one kid is the hope of the family. However, some ten million families have lost their only child, and twenty million parents have become childless. They are bereaved not only of their beloved [...]

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July 9, 2012Jing Gao2 Comments

Chinese state TV censors genitals of Michelangelo’s David; netizens amused

From Sina Weibo One man’s meat is another man’s poison. It seems that employees working at China Central Television find David, a masterpiece created by the Italian artist Michelangelo, so distasteful that they blurred David’s private parts in a newscast about an exhibition in the National Museum of China. The video clip and the picture [...]

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July 9, 2012Jing GaoOne Comment

Photos: Hometown of overseas Chinese in desolation

From NetEase In the past few decades, about 200,000 people from Changle, Fujian province joined the gold rush to the other side of the Pacific Ocean with nothing but a daring spirit and permanently changed the map of the Chinese diaspora in the United States. While Changle is quickly absorbing and amassing wealth from abroad, [...]

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July 8, 2012Jing Gao4 Comments

Photos: 53 pigs struck by lightning to death; netizens: You hit the wrong targets!

From NetEase At around 11 a.m. on July 6, a lightning hit the roof of a pig barn in the suburb of Shenzhen, Guangdong province, and ripped open a 4-meter long crack. 53 pigs staying inside the barn were instantaneously killed by the lightning strike. While most people expressed their sympathy for the pig farmer’s [...]

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July 8, 2012Jing Gao12 Comments

China 2050: foreign migrant workers in China; netizens’ reaction

From NetEase French photographer Benoit Cezard, who has lived in Wuhan, Hubei province for six years, suddenly rose to fame on the Internet, after he orchestrated a series of photos in which Caucasians pose as migrant workers in China. Benoit Cezard is convinced that by 2050, China will overtake the United States as the world’s [...]

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July 8, 2012Jing Gao2 Comments

War between Japan and China over Diaoyu/Senkaku islands is waged on iPad

From NetEase A Chinese computer game developer launched a new iPad game, called Defend the Diaoyu Islands, set against the backdrop of the ongoing land dispute between Japan and China over a group of uninhabited islands in the Each China Sea. In the first week after its launching, the game stormed to the top 10 [...]

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July 4, 2012Jing Gao6 Comments

Faceoff in Shifang – photos of China’s largest and bloodiest NIMBY protest in recent history

Tens of thousands of civilians in Shifang, a small city in southwestern China’s Sichuan Province, clashed with the riot police and SWAT team in the past three days after petitions against a chemical plant in the pipeline were ignored by the local government. While there have been many English language news reports on the matter, [...]

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July 3, 2012Jing Gao4 Comments

Photos: Guangzhou sets concrete spikes under bridges to drive away homeless people

From NetEase & Sina Weibo Homeless people living under bridges is such an eyesore that Guangzhou has cast concrete spikes as a countermeasure? Photos of these ‘defensive works’ posed by netizens onto Sina Weibo, China’s microblogging service, have soon become viral. Most of photos were taken under a bridge that links the city with the [...]

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July 3, 2012gilOne Comment

Lei Feng and “The most beautiful” – modern Chinese heroes as the glue of socioeconomic harmony

Note: Gil Hizi is Ministry of Tofu’s contributor. He is also the chief editor of website Thinking Chinese. The stories of Zhang Lili (张丽莉, aka ‘zui mei jiaoshi’, ‘most beautiful/virtuous teacher’), the Harbin middle school teacher who sacrificed herself to save two pupils from the wheels of a vehicle, and Wu Bin (吴斌, aka ‘zui mei [...]

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June 30, 2012Jing Gao4 Comments

Why 98.5% of Chinese want to abolish the crime of ‘whoring underage girls’

From 3g.cn On June 25, a symposium on the crime of ‘whoring underage girls’ once again drew the public attention onto the highly controversial legal concept. As the number of sexual assaults on young girls is on the rise, the outcry against the crime type is gaining momentum, as it is widely believed to have [...]

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