Three farmers in Henan prosecuted for establishing their own government

| April 28th, 2014

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Three farmers with only primary school educations were arrested for establishing “New Dengzhou People’s Government,” a makeshift-governing agency located in Henan province on April 21.

Nicknamed the “Zhang Trio,” Zhang Xin, Maxiang Lan and Wang (no first name available) established “New Dengzhou People’s Government” in September 2013, after the old “Dengzhou People’s Government” withdrew from legitimacy that same month, according to news.dahe.cn.

The government printed their own seal, formed nine ministries and commissions, issued legal documents and recruited […]Read more…

Hunan man spends seven days turning torso into epic Song Dynasty tattoo

| April 25th, 2014

image courtesy of People’s Daily

A Hunan man lay motionless for 55-hours while a Song Dynasty scroll was tattooed into his flesh.

“Riverside Scene at QingMing Festival,” measuring 50 cm high and 38 cm wide, spans the entire length of Yang Zhenwei’s torso, and took seven days to complete, according to People’s Daily.

Designing the tattoo was the hardest part, said tattooist Ah Wei (pseudonym). That, and the 11-hour days.

Dated to the northern Song Dynasty, the original painting is an incredibly colorful, […]Read more…

Chinese official dies from drinking too much after first day on job

| April 23rd, 2014

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A Chinese official died from drinking too much — on his first day on the job.

Zhong Xiefei died from excessive drinking the evening of April 9, according to South China Morning Post. That Wednesday he enjoyed his first — and last — day of work as deputy chief of Laibin city, located in Guangxi province in south China.

Zhong began drinking baijiu, China’s national liquor, with other provincial and county-level officials that day at lunch.

That night, family […]Read more…

Man, alpaca enjoy joyride in Jilin

| April 20th, 2014

A Changchun City man and his alpaca went for a joyride on the evening of April 16.

The man drove a black sport utility vehicle east on Xi’an Road in Changchun City- the capital of Jilin province in northeastern China- while the alpaca sat in the passenger seat, enjoying curious looks from rush-hour travelers. The alpaca’s looks were used to drum up business for a local store, according to China Daily, and the “special guest” drew quite a crowd.

Please enjoy these […]Read more…

China as a big lab for infanticide studies

| November 5th, 2010

If a system of death camps were set up in the United States
of the sort we had seen in Nazi Germany,
one would be able to find sufficient personnel for those camps
in any medium-sized American town…

This is the quote from TV interview with the prominent American social psychologist Stanley Milgram. One of his most important works were the “shock” studies of obedience to authority. After running a series of experiments with different sets of participants, Milgram came to conclusion that in any country and any nation it is possible to create certain conditions in which people will be able to do absolutely senseless and cruel things, such as war-time atrocities.

The practical value of such studies lies in possibility to recognize and prevent the social patterns in which we – people – can show our evil side.

Unfortunately, with its one-child policy, today’s China has created “favorable” conditions for the expression of other cruelty deeply ingrained in human nature – ability to kill our own babies. In this way China became a huge stage for verification of another social theory. I am talking about research in the field of infanticide made by the famous biologist and anthropologist Sarah Hrdy. Let me first introduce the main aspects of Hrdy’ theory and then show how they apply to China […]Read more…

Students collect garbage to surf the net

| March 23rd, 2010

This reminds me of when Internet addiction was made an official mental disorder in China. I’ve also heard quite a few Chinese people say that "the Internet has ruined a generation." And these are just really cute kids. There are also some good links after the break.

From CRIENGLISH:

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Three goals! Men’s soccer! Yes, men’s soccer! What? Yes! They beat Korea!

| February 10th, 2010

The title is a phone conversation overheard in the streets after the China-Korea men’s soccer match. Not for 32 years has China beat Korea in a men’s soccer match. So when China beat Korea 3-0, Chinese soccer fans essentially went crazy with media saying it is a win of “historical importance.” The win has also wiped out the continued talk of “Koreanphobia” within the men’s soccer team, due to 27 consecutive non-wins in the past 32 years.

Having battled with problems […]Read more…