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Chinese Dissident, Liu Xiaobao Formally Arrested

| June 26th, 2009

 DW-World: Well-known Chinese dissident, writer in Beijing Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波) after being house arrested by the police at a secret location for over six month, is formally arrested for “suspicion of inciting subversion of state power”. This also means that the case against Liu Xiaobo officially launched judicial proceedings.

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Capsule Apartment appears in Beijing, 2 square meters each

| April 1st, 2010

From QQ:

Recently, a 78 year old man Huang Rixin (黄日新) built 8 units of “Capsule Apartment” in Liulangzhuang, Haidian district in Beijing. Each unit is less than 2 square meters, but in the unit tenant can lie down, sit, watch TV and go on the internet. After Huang Rixin accidentally saw the Capsule hotel from Japan on the newspaper last year, he had the idea of building his own “Capsule Apartment”. He stated that building this kind of apartment […]Read more…

Chinese Company uses Obama in Advertisement, Fined 50,000

| August 4th, 2009

HSW.cn reported August 4, Xian (西安 city) in Shanxi province a real estate company uses Obama and other famous celebrities in their advertisement bill boards, was imposed a 50,000 yuan fine by the Xian Trade and Industry Bureau. The Company was also ordered to stop such advertisements immediately and make public corrections.

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“Candied hawthorn beauty” made popular on the Chinese Internet

| October 23rd, 2009

Tanghulu (冰糖葫芦): A snack food popular in Northern China that is made from sugar coated hawthorns, yam or other fruit skewered on a bamboo stick; similar to candied apples, also 糖葫芦.

Xi Shi (西施) was one of the renowned Four Beauties of ancient China. She was said to have lived near the end of the Spring and Autumn Period in Zuni, the capital of the ancient state of Yue.

Xi Shi’s beauty was said to be so extreme that while leaning […]Read more…

13-year-old boy suffers prank, high pressure inflation gun thrusting into his anus

| July 13th, 2012

From Sina Weibo:

Du Chuanwang, a 13-year-old teenager in Xiajin County, Dezhou, Shandong Province, dropped out of school and worked as an apprentice in a car maintenance shop. Recently, two repair men played a prank on him by thrusting the high pressure inflation gun into his anus. The strong air pressure stove Du Chuanwang’s tender body in seconds. Medical diagnosis shows there are over 20 places of damage or holes in Du Chuangwang’s intestines, several internal organs are hurt badly, with […]Read more…

Child Trafficking and Sina Weibo

| October 12th, 2011

People who’ve been on Sina Weibo for a while may remember a small movement that came upon that service like a tidal wave earlier this year but was swallowed back into the sea before it ever impacted shore. Hoping to call attention to the plight of street children in China, CASS Professor Yu Jianrong started a Weibo account dedicated to posting photos of street children so that if they were kidnapped, their real parents might recognize them and save them.

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Loneliness Photoshop gathering: the loneliest panda

| November 27th, 2009

The word “Loneliness” (寂寞: Jimo) became really popular on the Chinese Internet this year. Especially the phrase “What XXX is XXing is not XXX, it is loneliness” for example “What brother is smoking are not cigarettes, it is loneliness.” “What I am posting here is not a post, it is loneliness” “What I am breathing is not air, it is loneliness”… How did this phrase become popular? One saying has it, in July of this year someone posted a […]Read more…

Shanzhai Lamborghini by a post-80s Chinese

| April 27th, 2010

Lamborghini, how many men will kill for its high power output and sleek and exotic designs? However, it also carries a killing price tag. When most people day dreaming about riding one, some diehards dive into their basement or garage to Shanzhai one. (shanzhai: 山寨,copying, knockoff)

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Punks in China

| May 7th, 2013

When the Sex Pistols appeared on the BBC singing "God Save the Queen," China was still in the grips of the Cultural Revolution – most music was banned, and Mao ruled supreme. It would take another two decades before punk arrived in Beijing.

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Poverty-stricken female graduate student commits suicide at school dorm

| December 12th, 2009

[From Netease]

Summary: On December 10, a forum post started to spread on the Chinese major BBS – Shanghai Maritime University female graduate student Yang Yuanyuan (杨元元) committed suicide in the dormitory bathroom. Criticisms pointed to the University. University publicity department then scrambled to post relevant information about the incident over night. Professor of Sociology at Fudan University in Shanghai, Hu Shoujun said the deceased already passed way, to show respect, everyone please stop judging her. He also hoped people who […]Read more…

Pretty Girls on the Street Protesting the Rich Second Generation

| August 18th, 2009

This forum post “Chengdu Pretty Girls Protesting Rich 2nd Generation” on Tianya got great hit rate today and was soon used in many Chinese major news sites like Netease and QQ. In Chengdu Times Square, a group of pretty girls were passing out flyers wearing t-shirts with the message “Our Generation is not the Rich Second Generation”. What is this about? Once you read the flyer then you will know they are promoting safe driving. So what does “Rich […]Read more…

Expats: It’s your own fault if you don’t integrate

| March 6th, 2014

“Why do so many foreigners still insist upon living in a land where, at this point in history, integration is impossible?” Kevin McGeary writes in a post at The Nanfang.

A common sight in Chinese bars.

I am reading his post while I sit in a coffee shop after getting back from seeing the plum blossoms at Zijin Mountain with two Chinese college students I met yesterday at Xuanwu Lake (see post: Plum Blossom Festival photos). I met the two […]Read more…

A step toward democracy: The case of Guangzhou

| January 4th, 2010

 “It’s not even a tad democratic”

This article (from Netease) got me really excited because I have always been interested in China’s democratization efforts. I previously translated a post on “How should we live before democracy?” As somewhat of a follow-up, this article will explain the changes happening in Guangzhou while also discussing how the Chinese government actually interprets democracy, which is something I’ve not seen discussed in most blogs about China (some of this is from my own blog). […]Read more…

Family planning or math game, the review of China’s new relax policy

| September 15th, 2014

Family Planning poster in China during 1960s-1970s, courtesy of National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland

To increase the falling fertility rate in China, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has eased the one-child policy conditionally in 2013, namely the relaxed policy which means a couple could generally only have a second child if either parent is an only child. According to the national health and family planning commission, the new policy occurring with the population growth rate will be limited […]Read more…

Live Report Beijing’s “Reddest” Restaurant

| January 31st, 2009

From NetEast

Beijing’s has countless uniquely themed restaurants even to the oldest Beijing residence. Today, the one I am talking about is at east Wuhuan (五环). The name I need not say, the owner very genuine, and has a typical Beijing men’s temperament.

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