North Korea

December 12, 20125 Comments

Anchor at North Korea’s KCTV announces satellite launch success in dramatic tone

North Korea declared the launch of a satellite a success, and state television KCTV ran a brief report confirming as much on Wednesday morning. The video channel of, one of China’s biggest internet portals, posted a segment of the news program, in which an anchorwoman in traditional Korean dress announced the news in a [...]

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November 28, 20123 Comments

Netizens react: People’s Daily fooled by The Onion’s Sexiest Man Alive tribute to Kim Jong-un

Either People’s Daily has woefully made a fool of itself, or, as a handful of netizens conjectured below, they did this on purpose: The Communist mouthpiece dedicated a 55-photo slideshow to Kim Jong-Un on its website when it seriously reported that the North Korean leader was named by “U.S. website The Onion” as the Sexiest Man Alive of the year.

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May 17, 20124 Comments

North Korea holds Chinese fishermen hostage, demands ransom; netizens irate

From Caixin Four Chinese fishing boats were seized by unidentified North Koreans eight days ago when they were fishing in the Chinese waters. Until press time, only one boat managed to escape and returned to China. Other three boats, with 29 fishermen on board, are being held to a ransom of 900,000 Chinese yuan, according [...]

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April 27, 2012One Comment

Vancl T-Shirts featuring quotes of Chinese PM Wen Jiabao get confiscated

A Chinese company was penalized for selling politically themed T-shirts and using the images of Chinese leaders over violation of the country’s advertising law. Vancl, an online clothing retailer, advertised on its official website its latest two T-shirts lines that were inspired by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and former paramount leader Deng Xiaoping. Even though [...]

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April 26, 20124 Comments

Life journey of Chinese, Americans, Europeans, Africans, Middle Easterners, Indians, and North Koreans

From Renren Life journey of a Chinese o to 10 years old: Be forced to learn to master various skills for the sake of gaining face and certificates 10 to 20 years old: Wars against mountains of books Age 20 to 30: Send millions of resumes to get a job 30-40 years old: Become a [...]

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December 3, 2011One Comment

Photos: Chinese nursing home in desolation and oblivion

From Tianya Note: All “captions” under the photos are translated from the original post on Tianya unless otherwise stated. I have known this since the spring festival in 2011. I did not post any picture until now. The acquisition of these pictures was quite accidental. They were given to me by a tearful girl. I [...]

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April 8, 2011No Comments

Foreign embassies reach out to Chinese net users on microblog

From Southern Weekend “My colleagues in the Delegation of the European Union to China and I have become fans of China and the Chinese people, so I am happy to invite you to become our fans.” March 29, Markus Ederer, newly elected EU ambassador to China, post his first message, similar to tweet on Twitter, [...]

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February 18, 20112 Comments

Chinese netizens poke fun at propaganda about North Korea

An article written by a Chinese reporter Zhou Zhiran (周之然) appeared on the official website of People’s Daily, the Communist Party’s mouthpiece. The loud accolade bestowed upon North Korean people’s “rich and colorful life” and its cheesy writing style soon turn the article and the writer into objects of derision and sarcasm. Excerpts of the [...]

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December 20, 20106 Comments

Chinese netizens infuriated by U.S. media lumping China into the Axis of Evil

On December 7, 2010, Bret Stephens published an article titled “China Joins the Axis of Evil” in the Wall Street Journal. Though the tone of the article itself is moderate, the provocative title soon grabbed eyes of Chinese netizens, and made the online community bristle with indignation. Global Times, a government-backed newspaper wrote in its [...]

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November 10, 20102 Comments

Impressions of North Korea: A Chinese Tourist’s Photo Diary – Part 3 (of 3)

Previous parts: Impressions of North Korea – Part 1 (of 3) Impressions of North Korea – Part 2 (of 3) 38. On October 2, we were arranged to go to Panmunjom, a place that we had longed to visit. The distance between Pyongyang and Panmunjom is 168 km. This road is roughly equivalent to an [...]

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October 31, 20104 Comments

Impressions of North Korea: A Chinese Tourist’s Photo Diary – Part 2 (of 3)

Previous part: Impressions of North Korea – Part 1 (of 3) 13. This is our coach. Before dinner, our tour guide decided to take us to Kim Il Sung’s former residence, which was not far away from our hotel. One of our tour guide’s name is Li Jun, and we call him Li Dao [Dao [...]

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October 29, 20102 Comments

Impressions of North Korea: A Chinese Tourist’s Photo Diary – Part 1 (of 3)

Chiafu: Howdy MiniTofu fans. Today I present you the first part of a three-part North Korea trip diary with wonderfully detailed photos and accounts. The post was originally published by an unnamed Chinese national, who had the fortune of visiting North Korea as a tourist back in 2005. It has since been reposted on a number [...]

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