China releases Entertainment Restriction on TV programs

| November 25th, 2011

On Oct. 24th 2011, the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) issued the Further Strengthening the TV Star Integrated Channel Program Management Advice (《关于进一步加强电视上星综合频道节目管理的意见》), aiming to curtail the excessive entertainment TV programs. The document is thus called by the Chinese public as another “Entertainment Restriction” (限娱令) on television programs.

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Police officer ganged up by Chengguan in Henan

| November 20th, 2011

From Netease:

Among China’s numerous law enforcement ranks, Chengguan (城管: The City Urban Administrative and Law Enforcement Bureau) is perhaps the most feared and despised for their brutality and total disregard of the laws. Google "Chengguan" and thousands of news concerning this law enforcement branch pop up. Thought no longer surprised by news on Chengguan violence, Chinese public are still furious about them. Lately a viral video of a Chengguan squad in Henan province attacking a police officer has caused a […]Read more…

16-year-old prodigy refuses to finish PhD until he gets a house

| October 26th, 2011

From IFeng:

At the age of 16, most Chinese students are still in High School. But 16-year-old Zhang Xinyang (张炘炀) stunned the country in 2006 when he entered college at the age of 10. Currently 16 years old, he is working towards his Ph.D in Pure Mathematics at the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (北京航空航天大学). Since early this year, he has been pressuring his parents to buy him an apartment in Beijing. He even threatened to abandon his PhD and […]Read more…

College girl offers 5 nights of sex for iPhone 4s, chat log exposed

| October 23rd, 2011

From Sina:

Lately a chat log between a college freshman girl and a man was exposed on the Internet, revealed the shocking news that the freshman girl offered to sleep with this man she met online for 5 nights in exchange for the money to buy an iPhone. The chat log was posted online by her boyfriend who sadly stumbled upon this shocking truth.

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2-year-old girl run over by car twice, 18 people passed by and ignored

| October 17th, 2011

From ycwb and Netease

The recent cases of elderly people fallen over in street unassisted, or people who step forward to help those elderly people were in turn accused of pushing the elderly to fall have made the Chinese public wonder why people become so apathy and why one needs to hesitate to offer help when in a critical situation. While the discussion is still going on, another stunning news of public apathy has made some people “lost their faith in […]Read more…

Merchant hangs dogs to death as protest in a relocation dispute

| October 14th, 2011

From ifeng and others:

In the morning of October 11th, people in Shenzhen Buji road near Shenhui road were stunned to see two dogs were hung from windows in a building and alongside were banners that said, "If cornered, even a dead dogs will jump off the building (“死狗急也跳楼”, adapted from a Chinese idiom "狗急会跳墙", literally means that a cornered dog will leap over the wall. The idiom means a man driven to desperation can do anything.) The incident seemed to […]Read more…

17 million yuan invested, luxury cruise boat sinks at christening ceremony

| October 12th, 2011

From Phoenix News:

On October 10th, a microblog user posted a entry with photos, claiming that "A luxury boat named ‘JiuGang’ (酒钢号, named after Jiuquan Iron And Steel Group) sank when it was put in the water for the first time." The entry attracted a lot of attention. Later that day, Lanzhou Ministry of Transportation responded that the issue was already resolved. The boat was towed ashore and there were no causalities . They explained the accident was caused by mishandling […]Read more…

China real estate tycoon criticized for joking about loss of Steve Jobs

| October 7th, 2011

From Yahoo:

The passing of Steve Jobs has been shocking to the Chinese public and posts of mourning for the late great American visionary overwhelm the internet, especially on Weibo.com. Pan Shiyi (潘石屹), Chairman of SOHO China, the largest real estate developer in Beijing also posted an entry on his own Weibo page about the death of Steve Jobs, but jokingly:

‘苹果’董事会应该马上做一决定:大量生产1000元人民币以下一部的iPhone手机和iPad,让更多(人)用上‘苹果’,这是对乔布斯最好的纪念。

The Apple board should make a decision: mass-producing iPhones and iPads that sell under 1,000 RMB (around 156 USD) , […]Read more…

China’s famous English teacher beats his American wife

| October 6th, 2011

Early this September, a famous Chinese celebrity Li Yang was exposed in a scandal of domestic violence. Li was probably the most famous English teacher in China, best known for his "Crazy English," a popular method of language learning he invented, in which yelling at the top of one’s lungs is a good way to learn English (yet many criticize it as some sort of travelling preachers or even cult). He married an American wife and the couple had 3 […]Read more…

Grandson of Mao Zedong and his handwriting

| September 21st, 2011

From Xinhua:

Mao Xinyu, grandson of China’s founding father Mao Zedong,. In 2010, His promotion to the rank of major general in the army his grandfather co-founded eight decades ago has put him under the spotlight of the Chinese public. Many people questioned his qualification of the promotion and decried it was a promotion of nepotism and "Promotions and government appointments should depend on a person’s ability, not their name, even if that name is Mao."

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Primary school students study with a coffin in classroom for years

| September 18th, 2011

From Netease:

A set of photos showed a class of primary school students studying in a classroom with a coffin in the front has shocked Chinese netizens and sparked heated discussion. Two years ago, a primary school in a small village in Shaanxi province was certified as a "dilapidated house". With no funding to build up a new school, the school rented a room from residence as the classroom. Since then, the students have been studying with the coffin.

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What Chinese youth say about sex

| September 14th, 2011

From you and me:

Marie Stopes International China (MSIC), a not-for-profit family planning and sexual and reproductive healthcare organization, has started a project of using images and words to record the voices of Chinese youth, their view on sex.

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Wedding photos in Nazi uniform criticized by netizens

| September 13th, 2011

From MOP:

A newlywed couple posted their wedding photos on the Internet. The post titled "My Wedding Party Photos in Nazi’s Military Uniform! Everyone, Don’t Be too Harsh!" included photos of the couple playing costume play (Cosplay). The bride was dressed as robot girl, a figure from a famous Manga and the groom who is more controversy dressed as a Nazi in a SS military uniform. Instead of blessings their wedding photos are criticized by the netizens.

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Hermès sweater design ridiculed by Chinese netizens

| September 12th, 2011

Most Chinese young people are familiar with the sweater like this one in the above picture. Back in the days when most people couldn’t afford expensive clothes from the shopping malls or boutiques, mother is the most trustworthy tailor in every family. For that reason, fashion not the major concern of most mothers and a sweater knit by mother looks just like the one in the picture.. However, the sweater in above picture is not just another sweater knit by […]Read more…