November 16, 2012One Comment

Chinese instantly like their new leader, Xi Jinping

(Note: for the full video of the new leadership debut with Chinese to English interpretation, go to Youku) The results of the selection, oops, election of Chinese new leadership were finally revealed. There was no suspense as to who will be the next president and premier, but educated guesses over the rest five spots on [...]

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November 14, 20129 Comments

‘Party members get girls easily,’ memorable moments at 18th party congress

It is widely understood that the 18th National Party Congress of the Communist Party, except for the closing ceremony where the new lineup of Chinese leadership will take the stage, is nothing but carefully staged show with no substance. But some outright lies, shameless tributes and histrionic playacting may make you laugh and give you [...]

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November 8, 2012One Comment

Weibo highlights: Chinese President Hu Jintao on political reform during 18th Party Congress

During his speech at the opening session of the 18th National Party Congress of the Communist Party of China, Chinese President Hu Jintao said, “In over 30 years of continuous and consistent exploration since the Reform and Opening Up, we have been unswervingly holding high the great banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics. Neither will [...]

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April 11, 201217 Comments

Sleepless on Weibo–the climax of Bo Xilai drama draws millions

Until last night, Bo Xilai is like Schrodinger’s cat thrown into a dark box with radioactive substance. All Chinese know the political career of Bo, a charismatic politician best known for his campaign of singing red songs and combating triads and a hopeful candidate for China’s top office, is over, but no one knows how [...]

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March 6, 20127 Comments

Chinese lawmakers, political delegates sporting high fashion draw criticism from netizens

From Weibo 1 and 2 Starting on March 3 and 5, two special meetings are convened in Beijing, China. These are the annual sessions of the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s top legislative body, and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), a political advisory body consisting of delegates from a range of political parties and organizations. [...]

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February 6, 20128 Comments

Chinese netizens’ reaction to Russia, China veto of UN resolution condemning Syria bloodshed

Photos from NetEase On Saturday, a U.N. Security Council resolution on Syria condemning President Bashar al-Assad’s crackdown on his people and ousting him was vetoed by Russia and China. All other 13 members, including the three permanent members of the council — the United States, France, and the United Kingdom — voted in favor of [...]

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November 23, 20119 Comments

Picture of the day: Netizens amused by Katy Perry’s dress with Chinese characters at American Music Awards

From QQ and Sina Weibo Singer Katy Perry wore a gown printed with Chinese calligraphy to the star-studded American Music Awards. The show-stopping dress might have blown western minds with its Oriental elements, but Chinese netizens took her red-carpet outfit very literally. Katy Perry in a Chinese sequin gown from Vivienne Westwood’s Spring/Summer 2012 Gold Label [...]

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November 22, 201115 Comments

Netizens claim US has hidden plot to subvert China, citing Jon Huntsman in a Republican Primary Debate

Via Sina Weibo.   A video (seen above) of a recent Republican Primary Debate has been circling the net featuring Republican Presidential Candidate and former U.S. Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, responding to what he would do about China as president. His quote is as follows: “…So what should we be doing? We should be [...]

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April 28, 20113 Comments

Centennial celebration of Tsinghua University turns arena of politics, meets criticism from and controversy over its alumni

Last Sunday, Tsinghua University, one of China’s most prestigious institution for higher education, celebrated its 100th birthday. Tsinghua University is famous even around the global as a factory for engineers and scientists, many of whom head directly towards the United States after graduation. Often called “the MIT of China,” Tsinghua ranked the first on the [...]

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April 22, 2011One Comment

Picture of the day: Come-and-go of Confucius

A mammoth sculpture of the ancient philosopher Confucius was unveiled in early January off one side of highly symbolic Tiananmen Square. China watchers and media home and abroad paid much attention to it as it could signal that the authorities is preaching Confucianism. However, Wednesday night, the sculpture was gone. The sudden disappearance once again led to [...]

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March 10, 2011One Comment

Outspoken TV personality deemed Chinese favorite representative during “Two Sessions”

Cui Yongyuan seems to be one of the very few real people’s representatives who haven’t been losing contact with the grass roots amidst China’s political gatherings. Most Chinese know that the annual “two sessions,” or “two meetings,” are just a show put up by wheelers and dealers that is unlikely to bear any substantial fruit [...]

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March 1, 2011No Comments

Chinese air hostesses bite chopsticks to train smiling at cadres

From China News To provide more sincere and better services to members and representatives of the annual “Two Sessions” (Jing: NPC&CPPCC, short for National People’s Congress and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, are convened in early March each year), air hostesses within a division of China’s air force is training in front of a mirror [...]

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January 28, 2011No Comments

Chinese propaganda official calls PM Wen Jiabao “troublemaker”, grapevine says

From Boxun A deputy director of China’s Central Propaganda Department bluntly accused Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao of being a troublemaker. According to officials of the Department then at the scene, he lost control when he was reprimanding his subordinate who came from Guangdong to Beijing to brief the boss about the work. The deputy head [...]

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January 27, 201127 Comments

Overseas Chinese students’ reactions to the “Tiger Mom” parenting controversy

Chia-fu: By far, I think it is safe to assume that the majority of MiniTofu readers have heard of the name Amy Chua, aka the “Tiger Mother”. (For those uninitiated, read here and here. ) As a frequenter to Chinese forums, I came across this interesting and quite provocative thread on MITBBS, a famous online [...]

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January 13, 20113 Comments

China’s banal news narrative mocked by netizens

From Radio Free Asia and Tianya Recently a post titled “Quintessence of contents of China Central Television’s News Broadcast in the past 30 years” is being circulated in Chinese blogosphere. Using 20 fill-in-the-blank sentences, it sums up the News Broadcast’s  rhetoric full of boilerplate and formality that has remained unchanged for decades. Xinwen Lianbo on [...]

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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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