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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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September 27, 2011One Comment

Shanghai subway train crash injures 271, inspires new bout of sarcasm and cynicism

Photos from Weibo and Wenxuecity At around 2:50 p.m. on Tuesday, a subway train on Shanghai’s Metro Line 10, which connects downtown Shanghai, the city’s airport and several universities and tourist attractions, was rear-ended by another after an automated signal system failure at around 2:10 p.m. caused controllers to switch to manual operation by telephone. [...]

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July 7, 2011One Comment

Picture of the day: Handsome Chinese Uncle Naan becomes internet heartthrob

From NetEase Pictures of a street vendor in Ningbo, eastern Zhejiang province have circulated virally on Chinese internet. So far, altogether 50,000 strong microblog users shared the pictures from different sources. Because the mustachioed vendor sells naan, a round flatbread popular in most central Asian regions, netizens call him Uncle Naan. On one of the [...]

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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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November 30, 20102 Comments

Parody Video featuring the “Warrior Song”, dedicated to Chinese chengguan (City Management Law Enforcement); netizens’ reaction

Chengguan, or China’s city management and law enforcement personnel, are notorious in China for often brutally and inhumanely treating street vendors and tramps, sometimes by beating them and other times by destroying their businesses, and driving them away. Chinese people in chorus detests the powerful and sympathize with the bullied and the weak. THE WARRIOR [...]

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