Finding Harmony: ChinaHush Contributor Releases eBook

| December 1st, 2014
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Mitchell Blatt has been a contributor to ChinaHush since 2011. He has lived and traveled in China, working as editor of Map Magazine, lead author of Panda Guides Hong Kong guidebook, and a freelance writer. Now, for the first time, he shares his best journalism and essays in ebook form. Included is the introduction to his new ebook Finding Harmony: War, Protest, and Harmony in China and Hong Kong.

In 2011, I stepped off the plane into China for the first […]Read more…

Vista Profiles Woman Forced into Sex Slavery by Japanese

| August 2nd, 2014
Wei Shaolan visiting the opening of the opening ceremony of the archives on comfort women at Shanghai Normal University.

Wei Shaolan hadn’t moved out of the mountains for very long before the Japanese invaded Guangxi. A Yao minority from a village outside of Guilin, she had recently married a Han man when she was captured by Japanese troops in December 1944. She remembers a soldier piercing her bamboo backpack to prevent her from running away, and she saw half a dozen other captured women. They became some of the over 100,000 sex slaves imprisoned by the Japanese during World […]Read more…

Hong Kong activists’ vote slammed as unrepresentative by fellow pan-democrats

| May 12th, 2014
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Critics say the Hong Kong pan-democratic activist group Occupy Central is excluding moderates from their movement and that the vote they are holding on June 22 will be unrepresentative of Hong Kong.

Occupy Central’s “Universal Voting Day” is supposed to produce a winning set of electoral procedures for the group to endorse for the 2017 elections. They will then call on the government to adopt that set of procedures–or a similar one–in order to ensure a free and fair vote for […]Read more…

Ignore the Asians: Bloggers laugh off #CancelColbert Twitter campaign

| April 3rd, 2014
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It seemed like any other day in the world of Twitter. A comedian made a racially tinged joke that offended someone, and they responded with a campaign for the comedian’s firing.

#CancelColbert may have been stupid. But it was no stupider than any other Twitter campaign.

But this one ended somewhat differently. Instead of advertisers jumping ship and the comedian issuing a half-hearted apology, the responses were mostly to dismiss the Korean-American activist Suey Park and her campaign to “#CancelColbert.” Stupid Asians […]Read more…

Matchmaker shares the best places to pick up girls in Beijing

| March 25th, 2014
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A matchmaker in Beijing shared information on where to look for single girls and what to look for in a recent issue of China Weekly (中国周刊).

The woman, Rong Chaoran, who works for a private dating website, singled out individual malls and brands, going so far as to diss the uneducated girls who shop at Xidan who are too poor to shop at Shin Kong Place.

Rong Chaoran’s assessment is based on her experience standing around the mall all day looking for […]Read more…

Mayday band receives Chinese hate after they support Taiwanese protests

| March 21st, 2014
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Taiwanese musicians and celebrities are under fire on Weibo for lending their support to the protesters who have occupied Taiwan’s legislature in opposition to a trade deal with China.

Mayday’s band member Masa standing next to a large scale sign he posted urging people to support the protest.

The musician Zhang Xuan (张悬) and the director He Yizheng (柯一正) were both present at demonstrations against the deal, as reported by People Online.

Tsai Shen-yen (蔡昇晏), who plays bass for Mayday and […]Read more…

Occupy Central Hong Kong expresses support for occupy Taiwan legislature protests

| March 21st, 2014
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After one of the leaders of Occupy Central, a pan-democrat protest movement in Hong Kong, visited an outspoken Taiwanese politician last October, critics of Occupy Central claimed the movement was backing “Taiwanese independence.”

A Global Times editorial on October 24 stated that Chu Yiu-ming, then one of the organizers and now the leader of Occupy Central, met Shih Ming-teh in Taiwan. Shih Ming-teh was imprisoned for 15 years by the Kuomintang for allegedly creating the “Taiwan Independence League.” After his release, […]Read more…

MH370: Did the L.A. Times get fooled by Tianya forum?

| March 20th, 2014
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The Los Angeles Times reported that the stolen passports used by two passengers on the plane were used to apply for work permits in China, but is that really true?

The LA Times bases its story on the claim by Xie Zhuoling, who works for a company that recruits foreign performers for entertainment purposes in bars and hotels. He raised his claims on the Chinese forum Tianya, where he posted a photo of a purported employment agreement with Christian Kozel and […]Read more…

Hunan farmer makes homemade helicopter, flies 40 centimeters

| March 19th, 2014
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On March 16, Xinhua reported the story of a Hunan farmer who turned his motorcycle into a helicopter:

Hunan province, Miluo city, Baitang town, Zhou village, villager Li Housheng achieved his dream of flying. Using ordinary steel, a three-wheeled motorcycle engine and parts, he created a tandem rotor “helicopter” and took it for a test flight. Although the 52-year-old Li Housheng’s education level is not high, he has always had a love of aircrafts. He self-studied the relevant material, prying through […]Read more…

The most disgusting trains in China

| March 17th, 2014
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Dirty beds on overnight trains became the focus of discussion in China after a Tencent microblog user shared a photo of the disgusting sheets on his ride from Fujian to Changsha.

“Fuzhou to Changsha, train number K1682, see the sanitation of the bedsheets in the car, everyone click like,” a man named Wang who lives in Fujian wrote.

“I didn’t know before that it could be dirty to such a degree,” Wang said, as quoted by GMW.cn.

Wang had the unfortunate shock of […]Read more…

Monday Links 3/17/14: Malaysia Airlines, Crimea, and more

| March 17th, 2014
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It’s Monday, and we still don’t know where Malaysia Airlines flight 370 is, but that hasn’t stopped CNN from speculating. What’s new? This past week, a food processing plant was shutdown in Nanjing for using hydrogen peroxide, Chinese cities were found to have experienced high increases in housing prices, and the stories of police officers responding to the Kunming attack were told. These stories topped ChinaHush last week, and the Monday Links include more from elsewhere in China:

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19-year-old unmarried migrant worker kills her baby

| March 16th, 2014
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A 19-year-old unmarried mother killed her baby by throwing the baby into a river to drown. The mother is a migrant worker in Jiaxing city of Zhejiang province who works at a foot bathing store. She didn’t know who was the father.

When she went to the hospital in July 2013 because of stomach pain, she found out that she was already deep into pregnancy. “She didn’t want anyone to know she was giving birth, even more, she didn’t have any […]Read more…

Illegal food processing plant in Nanjing found using hydrogen peroxide

| March 15th, 2014
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On March 14, an illegal meat processing plant in Nanjing was found to have pig trotters immersed in a hydrogen peroxide solution.

The Yangzi Evening Paper reported (via Xinhua):

Yesterday afternoon around 1 pm, Yangzi Evening Paper reporters arrived in the Guandong Paotai community after receiving a tip. Here there is a building that is going to be torn down. … Entering through a small door, walking through a narrow alleyway into a residential courtyard, around a few bends, a strange smell […]Read more…

The Heroes of Kunming

| March 15th, 2014
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“I’m here, Come and stab me! Come! Come! Come!” – Zhang Liyuan

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In the aftermath of the Kunming Railway Station knife attack, police officers and witnesses are starting to tell their stories. In the midst of evil, bravery came out from many of the officers, security guards, and citizens at the scene. Here are some of them, starting with the train station police officer Zhang Liyuan.

At the scene of the 3-01 Kunming Railway Station knife attack, Zhang Liyuan (张立元), […]Read more…