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January 28, 201314 Comments

It’s so simple, isn’t it? – An expat’s take on smog in Beijing

Chris Toepker is a contributor to Ministry of Tofu. He hails from the United States, has been living in greater China since 1990 and has recently relocated to Beijing. All too often, visitors to Beijing fret and cluck their tongues at the air pollution. While it certainly is awful, clearing the air is certainly no simple [...]

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January 25, 20132 Comments

Americans use Chinese popcorn cooker on Discovery Channel; netizens amused

Recently, a magical popcorn cooker from China has piqued Americans’ curiosity. The old-fashioned Chinese popcorn cooker is essentially a cannon with a handle. MythBuster, a famous show on America’s Discovery Channel, uses it to explore the fastest way to make popcorn. The production team spent much time on figuring out the monster, put up a [...]

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October 26, 201220 Comments

What consequences must a laowai (foreigner) accept if he marries a Chinese woman?

The following is translation of a blog post written by a Chinese stand-up comedian living in the United States. He claims he interviewed “a dozen laowai married to Chinese wives” before he summed it up in this article, which lists “no privacy”, “a palate for everything”, “driving kids to death” among others as the consequences of an interracial marriage between a Chinese woman and a foreigner. The post, published yesterday, immediately gained popularity on Chinese social media and Internet forums.

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May 15, 201223 Comments

Beijing starts cleanup of three-have-nots foreign expats

From Sohu Beijing’s Bureau of Public Security has announced a hundred-day crackdown on foreign nationals who have no valid visa, residence permit or work permit, which lasts from May 15 to the end of August. Beijing residents are encouraged to inform against any such three-have-nots foreigner. This special strike-hard campaign is believed to have much [...]

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May 9, 201246 Comments

Video: Foreigner beaten by Beijingers for sexually assaulting a Chinese woman in public

Update: It has been confirmed by Beijing Police that the foreigner in the video, a Briton, did commit sexual assault and has been detained. He was also seen sexually harassing five other women on the subway train by rubbing his genitals against their bodies on the same day prior to the rape attempt.  Foreigner expats in [...]

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March 30, 201210 Comments

Facebook’s Zuckerberg on vacation in Shanghai; netizens chatter

From IFENG, Weibo, NetEase The moment Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was spotted on the streets of Shanghai, young and wired Chinese began to seethe with excitement, totally oblivious to the fact that the world’s largest social network is totally off limits to the world’s most populous country. On March 28, a reporter with Dongfang Daily [...]

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April 21, 20113 Comments

Picture of the day: Foreigner WIN

At this spring’s Canton Fair, a foreign visitor wiped off sweat from a security guard with paper tissue. (Picked from MOP) Held in the spring and autumn seasons each year in Guangzhou, the capital city of southern Guangdong province, the Canton Fair is China’s largest trade fair . Its full name is China Import and Export Fair.  

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January 15, 20112 Comments

American man touches Chinese netizens’ hearts by 20 years’ research on Chinese characters

An American man who enjoys the study of Chinese characters has become all the rage and “touched China.” A net user with sign-on “grass-roots rabble” (“草根屁民”) wrote on his/her microblog, “A foreigner that has deeply touched China in 2011: he has spent 22 years sorting out oracles characters, Bronze characters, Seal characters and so forth [...]

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