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October 15, 2013One Comment

China’s Liberal Arts Colleges: Going Against the Mainstream

Charlene Zheyan Ni is Ministry of Tofu’s contributor. This video blog post of hers also appears on LinkAsia. Liberal arts education in China is still in its experimental stage, and a majority of college students are pursuing more practical science degrees. While top universities in China have embraced the value of this teaching method since [...]

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June 25, 2013No Comments

Big slumber party on Chinese campus

Temperatures in half of China hit 35 Celsius (95 F). In Wuhan, one of the three ‘hot pots’ along the Yangtze River, temperature soared to as high as 39 C, and it is humid as hell. Chinese college dorms, which are mostly AC-less, are the worst-hit. Having no AC at their dorms, students at Wuhan-based [...]

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June 5, 2013No Comments

Chinese college humor: Do you pleasure yourself? Survey on masturbation goes viral

A recent video interview of more than 50 college students on their masturbation and porn-viewing habits has become an online hit on Chinese social media sites. The project is launched by a study group called ‘Research on Masturbation’ from Guangzhou-based Zhongshan University. The study group, headed by sexology professor Pei Yuxin at the university, aims [...]

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November 5, 20122 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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April 23, 2012One Comment

Photos: College students’ Occupy Seats movement turns ugly as Graduate Admission Exam nears

From NetEase With now an increasing number of Chinese students choosing graduate school to get themselves more prepared for the hypercompetitive job market in China, admissions to various graduate programs are getting more selective than ever. The Postgraduate Admission Test (中国研究生入学考试) is an integral part of the admission process. Every Chinese college student has gone through the ritual [...]

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March 25, 20124 Comments

Post-1970s, Post-1980s, Post-1990s –  The enhanced Chinese generation gap

Note: Gil Hizi is Ministry of Tofu’s contributor. He is also the chief editor of website Thinking Chinese. China is giving great attention to the sharp differences between the 70hou (Post-1970s, Chinese born between 1970 and 1979), 80hou (Post-1980s, Chinese born between 1980 and 1989) and 90hou (Post-1990s, Chinese born between 1990 and 1999), as [...]

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February 29, 20124 Comments

Photos: “If I were elected a deputy to Chinese legislature, what I would propose”

From NetEase The annual “two sessions” – one for the National People’s Congress, China’s top legislative body, and the other for Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, convene in Beijing on March 5 this year. Reporters with Xinhua News Agency visited a college campus, a bus station, a hospital, a construction site among other places and [...]

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October 17, 20113 Comments

EPIC WIN: College students lose chairs to school fanfare, find quick fixes

From ZOL and Renren Xi’an University of Science and Technology, located in the city of Xi’an in central China’s Shaanxi province, celebrates its 70th anniversary on October 13, 2011. On the afternoon before the celebration day, the university authorities had all chairs in student dormitories pulled onto the square and neatly arranged for the mega-event. [...]

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September 15, 20113 Comments

Photos: Chinese children in drought-hit region make cliffhanging trips to fetch water

A severe and persistent drought, which started in June, has been parching crops in southwest China and straining drinking water supplies for more than 12.6 million people. According to the state media, until September 8, altogether 3.41 million hectares (8.42 million acres) of farmland in four provinces, namely Guizhou, Yunnan, Sichuan and Guangxi, and Chongqing [...]

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August 25, 20113 Comments

Photos: China’s college grads in ‘ant tribes’ pursue dreams

From QQ You can always meet such people: they came to an alien land all by themselves, sleep on cheap bunks, send bunches of application letters and try out new jobs, call their families and whine over the phone, and then assure them, “I can get it done.” In that case, they are very likely [...]

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July 14, 20112 Comments

Picture of the day: Tsinghua University uses SNS photo tagging for muster call

Unexcused absence is a breach of school discipline very commonly seen in Chinese universities. While faculty members try to make attendance and participation count towards the final grades and call the muster in class, students manage to exploit loopholes. For example, students required by professors to sign in on the roster would do it on [...]

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July 11, 20118 Comments

Pictures of the day: When heat waves hit China, people have solutions

July 7 of each year is called Lesser Heat, according to Chinese traditional Twenty-Four Solar Terms, which marks the beginning of the hottest days in summer. People all over China have either taken out their artillery and declared war on the heat, or flocked to the favorite  summer haunts for a little shade and crispness. (Picked from IFENG and KDNet) The [...]

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May 26, 2011No Comments

Picture of the day: Chinese college students go barechested to protest lengthy keynote

On March 25 at the opening ceremony of Graduates’ Works Exhibition at Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, the head of the Academy was delivering a speech when a group of students butted in, lifted their t-shirts and lay on the ground to protest that the speech was too lengthy and boring. The Propaganda Department of [...]

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March 25, 2011One Comment

Picture of the day: Cross-dressing boy club

Wei niang, 伪娘, or literally fake girl, is a Chinese slang for cross-dressing boy who is not necessarily homosexual, which has a slightly derogative connotation. However, as the word is being popularized by internet culture, some cross-dressers have come to accept this term. Alice Fake Girl Club was founded on October 1, 2009 in Wuhan, [...]

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March 5, 2011No Comments

Video: Heaven’s Lunch, a short film about filial piety by Chinese collage student

From Xinhua As the Chinese saying goes, “Filial piety is the most important of all virtues.” But in today’s society, heavy workloads and stressful life have taken quality time with parents away from many Chinese. Recently, a short film titled Heaven’s Lunch (天堂午餐, literally Lunch in Heaven) becomes extremely popular online, for it strikes a [...]

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February 22, 2011One Comment

Funny: What does sunny day mean to Chinese college students? Time to give bedding a sunbath

Jing: Chinese always have the tradition to air bedding in the sun (shaibeizi, 晒被子), as sunshine, with its ultraviolet rays, can kill the tiny bedbugs, mites and bacteria hidden in duvets, quilts, pillows and plush toys. They also like the warmth and fluffiness that the sun brings to their bedding. However, have you ever seen [...]

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February 22, 2011No Comments

Funny video: Chinese college dormitory orchestra

Youtube version Unblocked Youku version: The song featured in the video is titled Yellow River Cantata (黄河大合唱). Composed in early 1939 in Yan’an near Yellow River, dubbed China’s Mother River, the song is a patriotic song meant to rally soldiers and Chinese people at large to stand up against Japanese invasion, just like the way [...]

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January 29, 2011No Comments

Inspired partly by Kerouac’s On the Road, Chinese student hitchhikes 2,300 miles home

From China Newsweek 13 days, 3,700 kilometers (about 2,300 miles), 25 free rides. A senior college student at Nanjing Normal University finished Spring Festival Rush of excitement and warmth without spending a penny on transportation. Hu Beilei only brought a sleeping bag, some clothes, a camera, cookies, a map, a few postcards and some cash [...]

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January 18, 20115 Comments

Pretty Chinese girl sings for a living on the street, auctions off her first love at RMB100,000

From Hexun Qilu People’s Daily Online Xinhua A post about a girl singing in Beijing’s underpass for a living has become extremely hot in China’s cyberspace. It dubs the girl “Panhandling Loli.” (Jing’s note: Loli, a reference to Vladimir Nabokov’s book Lolita, is now widely used in Chinese Internet culture as a synonym for pretty [...]

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