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China, where is your conscience? The tragic curtain call of substitute teachers

| January 7th, 2010
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By CC & Key

Starting 2010, 448,000 substitute teachers in China will be laid off (The word 清退 [qīng tuì] is used in the news. I looked up 清退in the dictionary it means to give back something that does not belong). 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 […]Read more…

How to Integrate into Chinese Society as a Language Learner

| September 15th, 2016
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The current political and economic situation in China motivates many foreign students to study Chinese and consider getting an education in China. Education is commonly cheaper in China than it is in Europe and the US. Moreover, the standard of living is high enough, and prices for essential goods are relatively low as well.

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Guangzhou City through the lens of an architect

| September 17th, 2014
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When the famous Guangzhou East Tower was reaching 100m in 2013, Da Xin joined the construction team as a site engineer. From then on, he has been photographing the ever changing landscape of Guangzhou City from the top of the new born skyscraper.

Everyday Da Xin goes there to check the construction progress and supervise safety and quality. He recalls one day in April when he was inspecting the tower top at a 400m height, suddenly there was lightening and thunders […]Read more…

Shop owners lie on zebra line, calling for life protection

| September 22nd, 2011
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From nddaily

Afraid of being killed by gangsters, 9 people consist of 3 barbershop owners and their employees lie down in line on a zebra line in order to call for protection from the government.“I dare not to go back there, or they will chop me into pieces.”Said Chen Mingxing, one of the barbershop owners who claimed that they couldn’t take the extortion and threatening from gangsters anymore.

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Absurd racism claim and attacks on Chinese culture

| February 21st, 2013
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This year’s Sports Illustrated swimsuit was photographed internationally in eight locals and included local flavor of each local. As such, it has been accused of racism by some notable bloggers, and the story has spread into mainstream media outlets.

The claims of racism go to such absurd lengths as to actually denigrate minority culture in China. Jessica Gomes was photographed standing with some members of a minority ethnic group in Guilin wearing traditional attire. Anne V was photographed on a raft […]Read more…

Birth Story of Shanghai Black Girl Lou Jing

| September 22nd, 2009
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Lou Jing (娄婧) a mixed Shanghainese girl (half black and half Chinese) became popular overnight because her mother and she were viciously attacked by the Chinese netizens’ nasty and racist comments. However the western readers seem to be focusing more on the racism issue, but the reason of the attacks is not only because of the racism against black people. but also a large portion of the Chinese netizens were angry about Lou Jing’s mother’s extramarital affair which led to […]Read more…

Yushukan vs. Anti-Japanese War Museum: Comparing and contrasting China and Japan’s museums on World War II

| February 20th, 2014
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When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the Yasukuni Shrine in December, where 14 Class-A war criminals are enshrined along with over 2 million other Japanese soldiers, China harshly rebuked Abe. China released a statement criticizing Abe for “denying the war-waging history”, and since then, Chinese leaders have refused to meet with Abe.

In December, shortly before Abe visited the shrine, I visited the shrine and the on-site Yushukan museum. In an article for the Shanghai Daily, I concluded the Yushukan […]Read more…

Male factory workers who make bras

| March 10th, 2011
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A set of photos of male factory workers in Dongguan making bras was made popular on MOP.

Bra and man, putting these two words together, I believe many people would laugh, as if no more words needed to explain. However in the underwear factories that are widespread across Dongguan, these two words are absolutely combined into one. He creates it, and it feed him.

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Brother Blanket becomes popular on the Internet

| June 17th, 2010
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If you surf Chinese websites long enough you will probably notice how things or people become popular on the Chinese Internet can be a bit strange and unpredictable. This recent viral photo has just made “Brother Blanket” the latest Internet meme in China.

(From Netease) A graduating senior at Hunan Agricultural University unconventionally wrote these words “Brother is leaving” on his blanket and hang it on his dorm room balcony. The downstairs balcony then “replied” with “Ding upstairs”. (A […]Read more…

Teachers from UK shocked by Chinese multiplication table

| January 23rd, 2013
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From Sina:

The teachers from UK asking questions

January 17th, An English delegation of more than 50 teachers and deans from top 25 middle schools and primary school in UK came to Ningbo city in Zhejiang Province to attend math classes for learning and sharing.

They went to two schools: Ningbo Wanli International School and Ningbo Gaoxin Foreign Language School.

One UK headmasters said that Chinese kids’ are well known for their math abilities in the world. Teachers in UK always puzzled about why […]Read more…

Chinese cargo ship fights off pirates with beer bottles

| May 19th, 2010
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From Xinhua:

Lagos, May 18, (Xinhua reporter Cao Kai) “An Ze Jiang” cargo ship belongs to China COSCO shipping Co. Ltd. (China Ocean Shipping Company) was attacked by pirates on May 16 evening when waiting to unloading its cargos outside of the port in Lagos. The entire crew spared no effort in fighting back and successfully repulsed the pirates. Including the captain, 4 crew members were injured, currently in good condition and being treated in the hospital.

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Obama Fried Chicken opening in China

| October 5th, 2011
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From Netease:

Yesterday, a hot topic about OFC (Obama Fried Chicken) spread on the Chinese Weibo (micro-blog).  This is the name of a restaurant which was not yet open for business. President Obama’s cartoon portray is its logo.  Regarding to this little-known restaurant, KFC China already issued a statement saying it has no association with “OFC” and the other party has already violated the trademark rights of KFC.

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Xinhua News: China Refuses “Political Google” and “Google’s Politics”

| March 21st, 2010
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So it looks like Google is finally going to leave China, the date may be set to April 10. Yesterday, “First Finical Daily” had the report about the latest development on Google China. “We already got the news, saying Google will leave China on April 10, this news currently has not been confirmed by Google yet.” according to a person briefed on the matter. Google China staff members also told the newspaper reporter that the announcement could come as early […]Read more…

Honker Union of China to launch network attacks against Japan is a rumor

| September 15th, 2010
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More drama on Sino-Japan relations, recently there has been non-stop rumors about Honker Union of China is going to launch a network attack against Japanese government websites on September 18, to commemorate Mukden Incident (9.18 incident) and of course to protest the recent fishing boat incident and giant panda incident.

Honker (红客hóngkè) is a group known for hacktivism, mainly present in Mainland China. Literally the name means "Red Guest", as compared to the usual Chinese transliteration of hacker (黑客, hēikè, […]Read more…

32-year-old man repeat senior high 8 times for Tsinghua University

| August 29th, 2014
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Ask any Chinese university students, what is the most difficult year of their school lives, 99.9% of them would answer “Grade 3 in Senior High School” (similar to 12th Grade in the US). Because the year is the final spurt for Gaokao, aka College Entrance Examination, the only way to get access to higher education for the majority. Students spend over 10 hours a day burying themselves in text books, memorizing formulas, historical events, political arguments, theories, solving math, physic, […]Read more…