Brother Future predicts World Cup final results, causes sensation in China

| July 9th, 2010
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(picture form Tianya)

The World Cup this year created many psychics around the world making unbelievable correct predictions. If you think Germany’s ‘Octopus oracle’ is magical, China also had a faceless ‘superior being” that caused a sensation on the Internet with his predictions. Netizens calls him “Brother Future” or “King Future”.

On June 13, 12:04 pm, two days before the 2010 South Africa World Cup, a Baidu user named “X from the future” (X来自未来) posted this post titled “From the near future, […]Read more…

How Sister Feng became famous

| April 24th, 2010
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We have talked about this Internet phenomenon in China before – any ordinary person can become famous or infamous over night on the Internet. In Chinese, these people are known as being “red”. We have introduced some of them, like Xili Bro, Candied Haw beauty…  but I decided to review and cover some of them we have missed. Especially Sister Feng (凤姐),  she has become so red hot on the Internet in China recently that truly deserves a post of […]Read more…

Talk about Fenqing, start with Michael Wong’s Renren page

| April 22nd, 2010
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While we are still on the subject of Yushu earthquake, I found an interesting post about Michael Wong’s (a Malaysian Chinese singer and composer) Renren page was under Chinese fenqing’s attack because of one of his Renren status update on China’s national mourning day for Yushu earthquake (yesterday).

This kind of Chinese fenqing attack incidents are not uncommon on the internet.  They are usually very random and so are the victims, they can be from an ordinary citizen to A-list […]Read more…

Japanese AV star Sora Aoi on Twitter creating buzz among Chinese netizens

| April 14th, 2010
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From HSW:

 

On April 11, famous Japanese AV star Sora Aoi (苍井空) created huge buzz in the Chinese Twitter community, both girls and boys are twitting about her. Since the news about Sora Aoi registered her twitter account @aoi_sola broke out,  many Chinese netizens on Sina Micro blog “climbed over the wall” in order to follow her. (Twitter is blocked in China) The number of her followers on twitter was growing at the rate of 37 per minute. As for […]Read more…

Year 2015…

| March 26th, 2010
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“Year 2015…” is the latest trend on the Internet among the Chinese Netizens.  It is a game of building a sequence (接龙) started by @Songshinan (宋石男), to imagine what will it be like in the year of 2015.  Short messages are written by netizens with the “year 2015” and to share their humors, sarcasms and visions with everyone.  On Twitter, just search for #2015 and you will see.   “2015” also became the top searched keyword these days.

The following are […]Read more…

Female translator Zhang Lu becomes popular overnight

| March 20th, 2010
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If you paid close attention to the Two Conferences (NPC and CPPCC), you must know who Zhang Lu (张璐) is. She was the female translator for Prime Minister Wen Jiabao at the meetings. Started just couple of days ago, her name was one of the most searched keywords on Google and Baidu. Was this accidental or inevitable? Does this girl becoming popular mean Chinese netizens are more and more concerned about the country, politics and current affairs? Did Zhang Lu’s […]Read more…

“The whole world is laughing at China being stupid”

| January 19th, 2010
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Recently this music video named “The whole world is laughing at China being stupid” (全世界都在笑中国傻) has been circulating on the Chinese internet. Initially this music video was “officially approved” by the Chinese government, however netizens strongly reacted to the bitter sarcasm of the lyrics which associated with China’s current situation. Soon after, Sina – the first website posted this video quickly removed the video content from its page. Subsequently, most of the major Chinese video sharing sites also have removed […]Read more…

The porno on your cell phone can get you arrested in China

| January 9th, 2010
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If you ever travel in China by train, make sure you don’t have any porno on your cell phone, or else you could be jailed!

 

From Zhengzhou evening news:

“A couple arrested for watching porn at home”, an incident happened 7 years ago which had triggered a national debate over the relationships and boundaries between the law and individual rights. Chongqing resident Zhao Peng (not his real name) never would have thought 7 years have passed but similar incident […]Read more…

2009 End of the Year Review – 10 Most Popular Internet Phrases in China

| December 31st, 2009
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Happy new year again! Here is another tally of 10 most popular Internet phrases in China to see off 2009.  Compare it with ESWN’s version!

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Loneliness Photoshop gathering: the loneliest panda

| November 27th, 2009
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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…

The hottest people on the internet in China in 2009

| November 24th, 2009
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Ever since the Internet has spread like wildfire in China, people have become famous through the Internet, sometimes unintentionally. In Chinese netizen-speak, this is known as being “red” (more of a reference to fire or vibrance than the usual Communist connotation) which can be translated as being “hot,” or maybe “the rage.” Now that 2009 is coming to an end (also the year where the number of Internet users in China has surpassed the US population), there are various tallies […]Read more…

Korean singer Jang Nara: “I will go perform in China whenever I am short of money” angers Chinese netizens

| November 13th, 2009
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Jang Nara is a very popular Korean singer and actress. She also sings in Chinese and is known there by her Chinese transliteration name (张娜拉 Zhang Nala).

[East Daily] Recently Jang Nara said in a television program “Every time when I am short of money I will always go to China to make more!” This remark was immediately bombarded by the netizens. They threatened to blacklist her. Today evening (12th), Jang Nara posted an announcement in her blog, apologizing for such […]Read more…

Temporary Rape, the birth of a new vocabulary

| November 6th, 2009
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It all started with the following news report from China News Net:

October 29, 2009 China News reported two police associates, being part of the law enforcement knowingly violated the law. They raped a woman while she was drunk and passed out in a hotel. Eventually they could not escape from the moral and legal punishment. Today Zhejiang Huzou Nanxun court came to a first instance verdict. Two defendants were sentenced to three years in prison.

Evening of June 10, 2009, […]Read more…

“Candied hawthorn beauty” made popular on the Chinese Internet

| October 23rd, 2009
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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…