internet culture

June 25, 2013No Comments

The “Diaosi” social class: presage of impending social changes in China

Outside China, people are buzzing about Peking pound, the hot money from China that drives up prices or drains supplies of a wide range of things from property to baby formula, from gold to oil, as if a sneeze from the rising Chinese middle class could truly freeze the entire world. But at home, what [...]

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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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March 26, 2012One Comment

‘Du Fu is very busy’– Netizens have fun with photoshopping portrait of ancient Chinese poet

From Baidu, Sina Weibo “It is said that today, Du Fu is very busy. He rode a motorcycle before switching to a white horse. He sells watermelons after he delivered bottled water.” A portrait of Du Fu in the Chinese literature textbook has recently been the inspiration of a slew of photoshop masterpieces, while the [...]

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November 2, 201113 Comments

The Ordinary, the Artistic and the Idiotic (Putong, Wenyi and Erbi) – the hottest Internet meme happening now in China

It all started just like any other Internet memes. Some folks on the internets posted a series of composite photos, each consisting of three images of some young people. From left to right, or top to bottom, the three images would respectively represent An ordinary youth (putong qingnian, 普通青年), An artistic youth (wenyi qingnian, 文艺青年, [...]

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October 3, 201115 Comments

How Americans view ‘Sister Feng,’ China’s most-hated reality star, and how Chinese respond to it

Here is a news story by New York Post, which gives you heads-up as to Sister Feng’s whereabouts. If you don’t know who Sister Feng is, read the story below. The most-hated woman in China is hiding out as a humble manicurist in Brooklyn. While anonymous in New York, Feng Luoyu, 26, wouldn’t be able [...]

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July 8, 2011One Comment

Video: Chinese old man gazes into young woman’s cleavage

The video was taken on a bus in Guangzhou, Guangdong province. It is quite self-explanatory. Within one day since it was posted on Youku, it has received over 1,200,000 views. Selected comments from Youku ligion123: Attentive and focused men are the most attractive. 正常滴反映:One wishes to be watched and the other wishes to watch. Both two [...]

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March 18, 20114 Comments

“Major General genre” – how the Chinese make fun of Mao’s grandson’s senseless talk

Mao Xinyu, Mao Zedong’s grandson. He was recently promoted to Major General in Chinese military, and has a Ph.D in military studies. He frequently appears on TV interviews and was often commended for his charisma and wisdom. People love him. People hail to him. Chinese netizens are fond of praising every single comment he makes. [...]

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March 1, 2011No Comments

Chinese doctor on night shift complains of timing of patient’s death, sparks talk of medical ethics

From Nanfang Daily A doctor surnamed Li Conglin (李丛琳) in Shantou, Guangdong province who did not want a terminally ill patient to die during her night shift wrote in her weibo, or microblog, “Please wait until I leave work to die, will you?” The remark started a ferocious buzz. Netizens call her cold-blooded doctor. She [...]

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January 28, 2011No Comments

Viral funny song banned in Chinese basketball league games

From Beijing News The Chinese Basketball Association has officially announced that a folk song should no longer be played by host team DJs during any CBA games, as it is too disturbing and often brought about nuisance effects on guest team players. The folk song, Tan Te (literally means Uneasy), has been spread crazily all [...]

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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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January 6, 20117 Comments

Most-viewed China-related photos of 2010 in China’s cyberspace

From Southern Weekend and NetEase On August 23, 2010, a tourist from Hong Kong held hostage by a gunman in Manila, Philippines was being transferred from the hijacked tourist bus by paramedics. The 12-hour standoff ended with a crossfire between the captor and the police, claiming lives of eight Hong Kong tourists and the captor. [...]

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November 15, 20105 Comments

“Shocking”: 22 years old non-mainstream girl dresses like 7 years old; Chinese netizen reactions

Original post in Chinese from Selected comments from Chinese netizens: is_盼盼: Another one [whose mind is] poisoned by the Japanese. ツLǒvのcat: Looks much like an inflatable doll. 最美好的时光: メ乖,給祢糖: What kind of face is this? Looks like an alien. 三刀: Ringu Melody、: Fake. I actually know the person in the photos. She is still [...]

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