Hello everyone, I don’t often write to you guys other than the occasional comments on my posts, but I am excited because as for last week ChinaHush has been up for a year now! Although I did not blog consistently until July of last year I posted my first blog post on January 25, 2009. I still remember, it was 2009 Chinese new year. I want to give a brief highlight of the blog posts in the past year, in case you joined us late, don’t miss these posts!
The first post: “HD90” Counterfeit RMB 100 Yuan Bills in Circulation Causes Panic January 25th, 2009 by Key
I didn’t know what to blog when I first started, I remember I was eating lunch with my dad during Chinese new year and he said “be careful of counterfeit RMB when you go to China, recently there have been many of them circulating.” So I went online and did a search…
Large quantity of “High quality” 100 Yuan counterfeit RMB (Chinese currency) appeared in Guangdong, Shanghai, Beijing, Hunan, Hubei, Zhejiang and many other provinces. The serial number for this counterfeits starts with HD90.
The best post: Amazing Pictures, Pollution in China October 21st, 2009 by Key
Pollution in China, I was so surprised about how many people cared in the world! This is undoubtedly the best blog post of the year! It was viewed by over 500,000 unique visitors in 204 countries with over 510,000 page views. As for today it had 4,254 retweets on twitter and 1,421 comments. Need not say more, if you haven’t read it, it is worth a look!
The first linked post: Shanghai 13 Story Building Collapse June 28th, 2009 by Key
This is my first blog post that got linked! I was so excited when I found out about the links in several other websites.
Most debated: “U.S. threat theory” and how we talk about threats
December 20th, 2009 by CC
I was so glad when CC joined ChinaHush. In my opinion this is one of the best written and researched and sited article last year. The intriguing topic stirred up some debates. More people care about military and politics than I thought.
“China threat theory” vs. “US threat theory
Best commented: Shanghai Black Girl Lou Jing September 1st, 2009 by Key
This maybe not be the most commented post, but the Lou Jing story had been sensational. It was one of the few local sensations that spread to the western media. The story is about racism and infidelity, however the comments are most interesting to me because it also reveled many readers’ own racism in their different cultures.
The Wackiest | Worst commented: Mystery woman in black behind Obama at the town hall meeting becomes popular and speaks out November 24th, 2009 by Key
Remember her? the mystery girl at the Obama town hall meeting. I often wonder what makes a good story. This post stunned me and redefined my thinking… Her story got so hot not only every single Chinese media covered it, many major western media reported the incident as well. My post was even linked by Huffington Post, then some Brazilian site, and check out all the comments left but the Brazilians on my site.
Most “attractive” to press: “Taiwan would like to know, do you know?"
November 30th, 2009 by Key
More reputable press seem to love this post. Because of this I had the pleasure to work with France 24 International News and WIRED Magazine. I was also asked to talk about this via webcam on France 24 Observer TV show.
The coolest: Family Portraits of all 56 ethnic groups in China
December 6th, 2009 by CC
Check out these family portraits, I bet you didn’t know there are 56 ethnic groups in China! “Harmonious China: A Sketch of China’s 56 Ethnicities.” The team spent one year travelling all over China to complete the project. They ended up taking over 5.7 million photographs.
And this is the first and the only time my post made on the front page of Fark. (I wish i took a screen shot of that)
The best video: Hot Chinese Animated Film “See Through” September 27th, 2009 by Key
An animated video called “See Through” (“打，打个大西瓜” direct translation is “Hit, Hit the big watermelon”)
VeryCD webmaster gave his review “This is the most awesome animated short film I have ever seen, Chinese production!”
Most impressively, the maker of “See Through” spent 3 and half years in his bedroom to create this 16 minute long cartoon.
Most liked on Facebook: The hottest people on the internet in China in 2009
November 24th, 2009 by CC
This is one of my favors, it is a signature list of memes on the Chinese internet, think you know all the celebrities? check out who is really famous among the Internet users in China which has already surpassed the US population.
The point of this post is not to necessarily be an official ranking, but to give you an idea of the grassroots nature of how Internet fame is manifest in China, the disproportionate emphasis placed on pretty girls, and the seemingly complete randomness of who becomes “red.”
Most condensed: 2009 End of the Year Review – 10 Most Popular Internet Phrases in China December 31st, 2009 by Nancy
Another signature tally, top Chinese Internet phrases in one post! Why do people always say they “don’t need more money?” They tell me my mom told me to go home to eat. Everything I do or anyone does is because of loneliness. Who is brother, whose brother? why is everyone obsessed with brother? I heard he is only a legend. And why is whenever something bad happens it is a cup set?
If you don’t know these Phrases and memes, then you don’t know Chinese Internet! Yes, you best go review them now!
Saddest post: China, where is your conscience? The tragic curtain call of substitute teachers January 7th, 2010 by Key & CC
Starting 2010, 448,000 substitute teachers in China will be laid off. Most of the already laid off teachers are struggling with difficult lives. And the teachers who are waiting to be laid off do not ask for more compensation, but they only want to leave with dignity, and hope that there will still be teachers for the children after they leave.
Most useful information for guys: Top Ten Cities in China with the Most Beautiful Women
August 31st, 2009 by Key
Are you trying to figure out which city to visit when you travel in China? Are you looking for a place in China to live? Maybe this post can help you decide where to go…
Just kidding, Actually as many readers pointed out, while this list it is highly debatable it had some truth to it. You can be the judge.
This is also the first post Shanghaiist linked to.
Most truthful: A construction migrant worker’s notes
November 29th, 2009 by Key
A young migrant worker updates a post of his raw, yet I found to be truthful and insightful notes while working at a construction site of soon to be multi-million luxury homes in Sanya, Hainan.
“I never speak out. I am a “diving” migrant worker”
Most contribution by reader: Goddess of Plagiarism, Vivibear
One of the ChinaHush readers Jackie wrote to me today suggesting me to write a blog post on Vivibear. So who is Vivibear? Her real name is Weiwei Zhang (张薇薇). Born in Ningbo, Zhejiang province, now married to Sweden, a Chinese-Swedish author became famous by “writing” internet novels. She published sixteen novels in Chinese. All of these novels were later found with various degrees of plagiarism!
Thank you Jackie for the awesome research!
This is also one of the first posts linked by Danwei and ESWN.
Best partnership: Freedom On the Internet
Lastly I will like to thank our partner Freedur / Paper Bus providing more ways for people to access the internet freely, and providing ChinaHush readers with 10% off coupon code CHINAHUSH on Freedur VPN software.
And introducing the awesome PAPER BUS: a free proxy service to bypass the Great Fire Wall, access blocked sites for FREE!
Also big THANK YOU to everyone who supported ChinaHush in the past year! The above list is just my selections, if you feel differently or have other favors please feel free to let me know.
Another reason I am writing to you guys is that I am going to be traveling in China for almost the entire February. I might not have as much time to write blog posts when I am on the road. So I am asking you guys, if you like to help out, if you are interested in writing blog post as a guest blogger on ChinaHush; if you want to share your China stories, please submit your writing to me at chinahush[at]gmail[dot]com. Blog post can be anything related to China, it can be a translation of an Chinese article, or your opinion on a topic, or even your personal experiences. As long as it is China related, as long as it is interesting and authentic work, remember ChinaHush’s goal is to be interesting and truthful. Please include the original links of sources and pictures you wish to post along with your writing. For each post that is selected and posted on ChinaHush during February, you will get one surprise prize! So the more you submit the more you will get! I will announce the prize on March 1st. (Don’t worry, It’s not something lame)