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February 6, 20136 Comments

On TV, Chinese man rips ‘Japanese devil’ in half with bare hands; netizens call it ‘wet dream’

Chinese-made anti-Japanese patriotic television dramas have been the object of an awful lot of ridicule on Sina Weibo, the Chinese twitter, after netizens found much to their amusement that in one extreme example, a Chinese man tears up a “Japanese soldier”, or commonly known in China as “Japanese devil”, across like a piece of paper, [...]

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January 31, 20133 Comments

Greater China reacts to Reporters Without Borders’ Press Freedom Index

Jazza John, our contributor, is currently a student at National Chengchi University in Taiwan. A report from Reporters Without Boarders suggests that freedom of the press in both Hong Kong and Taiwan has dropped.  The Press Freedom Index, which is compiled of 179 nations, showed Hong Kong drop from 54 to 58 and Taiwan from 45 to 48, while [...]

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December 19, 20125 Comments

Chinese media accused of ‘crying only for American kids’, ignoring domestic school rampage

Jazza John, Ministry of Tofu contributor, helped with the story. On the same day, tragedies descended upon both a Chinese and an American elementary schools. Chinese news media, like their American counterparts, blanketed their front pages and prime-time news programs with coverage of the Connecticut shooting on December 16, while playing down or even clamming [...]

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December 13, 201232 Comments

‘The most corrupt country is America,’ Jackie Chan’s comments widely panned in China

In a talk show aired on Hong Kong-based Phoenix TV Monday, Jackie Chan, the world-famous actor and show-biz star, said that China is not the country with the most serious corruption problem; the United States is. He also called on Chinese people to refrain from criticizing the China, especially in front of “outsiders”.  The remarks [...]

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November 27, 2012No Comments

Hottest English portmanteaus with Chinese characteristics

Below is a list of the so-called hottest English words on Twitter posted onto Sina Weibo by Gao Xiaosong, famous songwriter and media commentator. Some of them, such as niubility and shitizen, have already entered the Internet vocabulary and come into wide use by Chinese netizens. Others are rather new, but the social phenomena they [...]

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November 2, 2012No 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 10, 20125 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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August 31, 201212 Comments

Rumor that senior military officer and mistress died of CO gas poisoning while fornicating censored in China

*Warning: Explicit photos below* From Apple Daily and DWNews Rumor has it that a lieutenant colonel in People’s Liberation Army of China was killed by carbon monoxide gas while committing adultery with a married woman in a car. Photos of the two found lying naked in the car were also spread like wildfire on the [...]

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August 16, 201211 Comments

Chinese media praise Hong Kong activists’ landing on disputed Diaoyu Islands…with censorship

Wednesday afternoon, 14 activists from Hong Kong successfully landed on one of a set of disputed islands, over which Japan, China and Taiwan all claim sovereignty, and planted Chinese flags on the island as a gesture of declaring ownership. Chinese media, including the state broadcaster China Central Television, reported and lauded their patriotic feat, while [...]

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July 9, 20122 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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April 11, 201217 Comments

Sleepless on Weibo–the climax of Bo Xilai drama draws millions

Until last night, Bo Xilai is like Schrodinger’s cat thrown into a dark box with radioactive substance. All Chinese know the political career of Bo, a charismatic politician best known for his campaign of singing red songs and combating triads and a hopeful candidate for China’s top office, is over, but no one knows how [...]

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April 9, 20128 Comments

Titanic 3D–A sign of China’s stricter censorship

In the past two weeks, the Chinese government put a temporary gag to the social media and shut down Maoist sites to quell undesirable political discussion, many netizens were busy deciphering the signals the state intends to send – does it mean the tightening of censorship? This is probably true, at least on the entertainment [...]

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May 12, 20112 Comments

‘Lust, Caution’ Actress Tang Wei ousted from propaganda film

When actress Tang Wei was invited to join the all-star ensemble cast of the epic propaganda film The Founding of A Party, people might have thought that eventually the state regulator had given her the green light to return to the big screen after she was barred from media attention for her sexually explicit performance in the spy thriller Lust, Caution three years ago.

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April 2, 20112 Comments

Chinese parody newspaper for April Fools’ Day censored by authorities

NetEase, one of China’s biggest web portals, published Happy Times on March 31 for April Fools’ Day. The parody newspaper, similar in style to The Onion, is laden with witty and scalding sarcasm. The spoof news stories nailed most social maladies and problems. However, several hours after its publication, it was removed from NetEase’ web [...]

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January 30, 20114 Comments

Despite the taboo ‘Egypt,’ Chinese netizens echo its protests, cry out for Facebook in microblogs

Despite the fact that China has blocked the word “Egypt” from the country’s wildly popular Twitter-like service, Sina Microblog, not all Chinese shut their mouths. A picture of Egypt protest attached to one microblog post has been widely circulated in Sina’s micro-blogosphere. As Chinese censorship apparatus has rendered any attempt to key in the Chinese [...]

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