Anhui winery models toilet after U.S. congress building

| May 19th, 2014

image courtesy of anhui news

A Anhui winery built toilets in the style of the U.S. Capitol Building Anuhui News reported on May 12.

Sporting traditional columns, a circular dome and high windows distinct to the U.S. Capitol, the luxurious restroom takes up more than 4,000 square feet, and is only open to Golden Seed winery staff and visitors. But, any resemblance to The Hill is merely a coincidence, said brewery staff.

“We were just trying to be novel,” an employee […]Read more…

Hebei founds “General-Secretary-Xi-Jinping-Spirit-of-Series-of-Important-Speeches Research Center”

| May 9th, 2014

image courtesy of the daily mail

The Hebei Propaganda Department cut the ribbon on its “General-Secretary-Xi-Jinping-Spirit-of-Series-of-Important-Speeches Research Center” on April 30, according to Hebei News Network.

Site publicity and propaganda minister stressed the need for students to study and research Xi’s speeches in order to understand his specific brand of Chinese socialism, and for local and national decision-makers to visit the center in order to refine their service to the nation. The institute was established at the Hebei Academy of Social […]Read more…

Chengdu man peeing on side of road uncovers ancient treasure

| April 30th, 2014

image courtesy of Chengdu Daily News

A Chengdu man peeing on the side of the highway discovered three ancient statues on April 24, according to Chengdu Daily News.

Xiao Xu was traveling southeast from work on a highway near the Sichuan Provincial People’s Hospital—located in Chengdu in southwest China—about 6 p.m., when the 20-year-old couldn’t hold it any longer.

He pulled onto the side of the highway, got out of his car and started peeing. Once he was done, Xiao noticed a […]Read more…

High Tech, Low Life – the movie

| June 17th, 2013

Just a reminder, this is available on iTunes on June 18, 2013

“Zola” in High Tech, Low Life. Photo Credit: Stephen Maing.

New York, May 20, 2013 – HIGH TECH, LOW LIFE, award-winning filmmaker Stephen Maing’s chronicle of two of China’s first citizen reporters as they travel the country  documenting underreported news and social issues stories while facing censorship for leaping China’s ‘Great Firewall’ – will  be released June 18 on iTunes in North America, with a roll-out on other digital platforms […]Read more…

China’s First Citizen Reporters Leaping the Great Firewall Chronicled in High Tech, Low Life

| May 21st, 2013

“Zola” in High Tech, Low Life. Photo Credit: Stephen Maing.

New York, May 20, 2013 – HIGH TECH, LOW LIFE, award-winning filmmaker Stephen Maing’s chronicle of two of China’s first citizen reporters as they travel the country  documenting underreported news and social issues stories while facing censorship for leaping China’s ‘Great Firewall’ – will  be released June 18 on iTunes in North America, with a roll-out on other digital platforms to follow, through the Sundance Institute Artist Services program and its […]Read more…

Liu Bolin, the invisible man

| May 14th, 2013

From Crane.tv: The Chinese artist whose ability to blend into the background has become a powerful mode of social commentary.

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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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China’s “new Futures” – Chris Barrett’s photographic exhibition on China’s one-child policy

| November 30th, 2012

Chris Barrett is a young British photographer, Master of photojournalism at the University of Westminster, Bachelor of Fine Arts at Nottingham Trent University. In the past he has undertaken photo projects in North Korea, Georgia, Iran and many other Asian countries. He has been working off and on in China for six years spending 2 years researching and shooting his ongoing photographic around the issue of “China’s one-child policy”. [new] Futures is an exhibition of something of this work which […]Read more…

Artist living on a scale to lose weight in public

| March 21st, 2012

From IFeng:

When hear the words “lose weight”, you probably never have thought of using cameras to monitor and record the entire weight loss process. From March 18 to April 18, sponsored by Home Inns & Hotels Management Inc., hosted by Yitel and Yi Hotel management Co., artist Wang Jun’s project “Keep Fit Deal – 15” is on display at the Yitel 798 Art Project in Beijing.

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We Chinese

| May 20th, 2011

by M. Scott Brauer

"We Chinese" grew out of a curiosity to find out what Chinese people think about their country and their future.  Media coverage of the country and its development often raises questions about the direction of the government in Beijing on the world stage.  Few reports take into account the feelings of the Chinese people, instead making reference to the country as a monolithic actor without constituent parts.  A country’s trajectory through history cannot be mapped without careful […]Read more…

Who is “laowai”

| March 8th, 2011

From Century Weekly | by 鲍昆

Corner of the kitchen, on the wall, guarded by the God of Wealth

Many friends come back from foreign countries would often talk about their thought-provoking experiences. More often than usual, we would hear our fellow countrymen discuss the passing local citizens as laowai when chatting with them. Any man with a little logic and common sense would feel weird about this kind of saying and would ask the question who on earth laowai is.

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Original winnowing pan paintings by Chinese Bouyei ethnic group

| September 11th, 2010

Usually winnowing pans are used to separate grains, corns off their chafes or to hold dried vegetable, dried fish and the like for airing purpose. But in a rural small village called Du Zai (渡寨) in Guiyang City, Guizhou Province, people add a little artistic touch to this plain bamboo tool. To them, winnowing pans are best framed canvas on which they translate their love and passion for life into vibrant arts.

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Village elder shoos away nude photography model, “don’t make a spectacle of yourself here”

| June 15th, 2010

From Netease:

Elegance and vulgarity has always been sworn enemies of each other in popular culture over the years. Guo Degang once said, drinking coffee is elegant and eating garlic is vulgar; nude photography is elegant and couple telling dirty jokes is vulgar… Now, in a scenic spot of Xinmi, Henan Province, elegance and vulgarity crashes again.

Planed to dedicate herself to the art, the nude photography model never thought she was going to get shooed away by tree branches. On […]Read more…

Huge painting of Brother Xili, is Brother Sharp still sharp?

| May 16th, 2010

Xili Bro, also known as Brother Sharp, a homeless man raved by Chinese netizens because of his fashion style and sexy looks and became a fashion icon and even made his presence on the international media.

After reunited with his long lost family, Brother Sharp recently signed with a fashion company and even walked his first fashion show on May 1.  Though it wasn’t very successful because Xili Bro was too nervous and had only walked the stage for a […]Read more…