health

December 30, 20123 Comments

Body nourishment as recreation of elder Chinese – socialist China meets neoliberal modernity

Note: Gil Hizi is Ministry of Tofu’s contributor. He is also the chief editor of website Thinking Chinese. Numerous elder Chinese have a desire to remain fit and to nurture health. Some of them even fulfill this need by swimming in icy lakes and pushing the body to efforts that it had doubtfully met even in [...]

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October 24, 20123 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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May 6, 201228 Comments

Photo: An entire class of high school students receive IV drips while cramming for exams

Photos of high school graduating senior students given intravenous drips in class have become viral on Sina Weibo. Within hours since they were uploaded yesterday morning, they had been shared by tens of thousands of Weibo users. The original uploader, “CHImushroom”, is a senior student at a high school in Xiaogan, central China’s Hubei province. [...]

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February 7, 201210 Comments

Video: Chinese Eagle Dad trains 4-year-old son to jog naked in NYC’s heavy snow

From Sina In a heavy snowstorm in the Flushing Chinatown area of the New York City where temperature plummeted to 13 degrees Celsius below zero(9 F), a 4-year-old boy who hails from Nanjing, China, was asked by his “Eagle Dad” to run while wearing nothing but a yellow underwear and sneakers. It was in the [...]

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April 19, 20118 Comments

Photos: China’s absurd and dangerous footpaths for the blind; the disabled face barriers

Yu Jianrong, a famous human rights activist and sociologist, who campaigned against abducted children exploited as beggars earlier this year, made another appeal on April 15 to microblog users: Take pictures of faulty footpaths for the blind and upload them to a public page. The purpose is to pick ten most hideous “blind lanes” and [...]

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January 27, 20115 Comments

Photos: Chinese traded blood for food

Jing: Although in today’s Chinese cities, blood shortage and unsafe blood transfusion are no longer vexing issues, in the last century, China relied on paid blood donors to maintain an adequate supply. People in China’s rural regions where household income was not enough to keep body and soul together had a strong incentive to extend [...]

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