I fought for 18 years to have a cup of coffee with you

| October 25th, 2011
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Reports on Rural China from Shanghai by Maizi (麦子) – a popular read on the Chinese Internet.  Translated by Cathy

Cathy is a recent college graduate who tweets here. If you’d like something translated on ChinaHush or offer her a job, you can reach her at xiaosongbird[at]gmail.[dot]com

Here’s a question I pose for my white collar friends: what if I never graduated from middle school, and had become a migrant worker? Would you sit down for a cup of coffee with me […]Read more…

70 percent of Shanghai street blood donors are migrant workers

| October 3rd, 2011
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From Netease:

According to the “Labor Daily” report, yesterday marks the 13th year of China’s “Blood Donation Law”. From totally depending on organization blood donation quota to voluntary blood donation on the street, residents of Shanghai have come a long way in these 13 years.

However, the recent report on street blood donors released by the health department caused endless disputes: 70% of the street blood donors are migrant workers, local white-collars and intellectuals rarely participated in these events. “Shanghainese people use […]Read more…

Woman undresses and changes clothes in public on subway

| September 9th, 2011
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From IFeng:

"A young girl undressed and changed clothes on Subway Line 2 in Shanghai! When did the Shanghainese girl become so bold? " – On August 22nd, A post with photo of a young girl publicly changing clothes inside the subway spread online and sparked discussion: some guessed she was "late for work", some believed it’s just another "Internet publicity stunt" and she was "desperate for becoming famous."

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Operating room on fire, doctors and nurses escape except a patient under anesthesia

| August 29th, 2011
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From Sina:

A hospital in Shanghai was caught on fire, doctors and nurses all left the building, safe and sound, but a patient undergoing an amputation surgery was left on the operation table and died of asphyxiation.

Spokesman of the hospital later confirmed the news. When the fire happened, doctors are performing an amputation operation. The patient, around 49 year-old, was sent hospital after a car accident. The operation began around 8 pm and was about to be finished when the […]Read more…

You are not qualified to be my student if you can’t afford an iPad

| July 21st, 2011
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From Eastday:

A teacher from Shanghai Maritime University became famous because of a piece of Weibo (micro-blog) he wrote “go buy an iPad during the summer break. If you don’t have money, just earn it by yourself. If you can’t get 4000 yuan in two months, it means you are not suitable to be majoring in finance, neither to be my student.” These controversial words spread widely through the internet. (He later deleted this post on his Weibo and even changed […]Read more…

Female executive expelled for nude photo

| May 11th, 2011
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From Shanghai Youth Daily:

The Nude picture Gate of Edison Chen, a popular young Hong Kong singer and actor, was the most shocking and frequently talked topic of China’s showbiz three years ago. In 2008, a repairman stole Edison’s nude pictures taken with other female actors and singers such as Cecilia Cheung, Gillian Chung and Maggie Q and uploaded them on the internet. But recently, a female executive lost her job because of downloading Edison’s nude picture onto the company’s computer.

Approaching […]Read more…

Lovers jump to death in Shanghai subway, more subway suicides pose hazard

| May 6th, 2011
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April 29th, at around 7:30, rush hour in Shanghai subway, a man and a woman, who later confirmed as lovers, jumped in front of a coming subway train. It was rush hour when the incident happened, lots of people witnessed the horror and the 22 year-old driver was not yet recovered from the frightening experience.

A witness said he saw the couple almost every morning on his morning commute. That day, before they dived onto the tracks, the couple was […]Read more…

Sudden death of woman postgraduate from overwork alarms Shanghai white collars

| April 26th, 2011
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By Chen Tingting, China News of Shanghai, 16th, April, Translated by Jenny Jiang

Pan Jie, 25-year-old white-collar died from overwork at Price Waterhouse Coopers in China

Pan Jie, an energetic young lady, graduated from Shanghai Jiaotong University with a master’s degree, had been an envy of many. She had a well-paid job at one of the four famous auditing companies, Price Waterhouse Coopers in China, 25 years old with a bright future. But, the delicate flower withered overnight. She died suddenly from […]Read more…

China’s food safety woes hit again with colored Mantou in Shanghai

| April 18th, 2011
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From Sohu:

Food safety has increasingly become a concern in China with a series of incidents exposed by media concerning contamination and the illegal use of prohibited ingredients and additives in foodstuffs. The list of unsafe foodstuffs in the country seems growing non-stop… Lately, Mantou (steamed-wheat bread), staple diet in many regions of the country, is on the list after a Shanghai media exposed a brand of Mantou long sold in some supermarket is found to be actually made in a […]Read more…

The ten years of a Chinese middle class

| February 20th, 2011
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From Netease:

Autumn of 2000, 26-year-old Michael carried his luggage and hopped onto a train going to Shanghai.

He had just graduated with his masters in communication engineering from a well-known university in Nanjing.

“In 10 years, my annual salary will be over millions (RMB)” Michael set a goal for himself.

In 2000, IT communications boomed in the land of China. As Huawei, ZTE, Bell and other enterprises rapidly expanded in the country, they have recruited many engineers from major colleges and universities […]Read more…

Year 2011, new beginning outside of the wall

| January 26th, 2011
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Apologies to all for the lack of updates in the past month. To clear all the speculations, ChinaHush is not under any pressure by anyone, and no government conspiracy. I have just been traveling in China for the past month with no free time to post new entries. And my plan of having volunteers to update the blog during my absence also did not work so well due to scheduling issues.

To be honest, it was also discouraging to find […]Read more…

Shanghai to Chengdu bullet train luxury sleeper

| December 30th, 2010
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(Netease) Starting on January 11, 2011, bullet trains with sleepers will be put into operation between Shanghai and Chongqing as well as between Shanghai and Chengdu. It is the most advanced soft sleeper cars presently used in China. Every soft sleeper is equipped with independent video system and the luxury soft sleepers even have small meeting rooms. Tickets have been for sale at the Chengdu Railway Station since December 23, 2010. From Chengdu to Shanghai the highest ticket for one […]Read more…

Shanghai high-rise fire

| November 15th, 2010
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(Edited by Key)

Fire broke out at a 28 story apartment building in Shanghai at 2:00 in the afternoon, Nov15 (local time) causing at least 49 deaths. The building was located at Jing An district and was under renovation. According to Xinhua’s report, over 100 were rescued out of the building of 156 households so far.

Well-known Chinese youth opinion leader Han Han happened to be at the scene and he had recorded what happened the whole time.

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A true dwelling in Shanghai

| October 19th, 2010
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蜗居: literally Snail Living, like a snail in its shell, living in a small home; the small place of residence; small dwelling; humble abode.

From Tiexue:

362 Longchang Road (near Pingliang Road), Yangpu district, Shanghai,  is also called Longchang apartments. This apartment complex is a Roman Coliseum-looking square-shaped compound, 5 story buildings surround a spacious courtyard in the middle which housed over 250 families. Each story of the building has a long public corridor, behind the corridor are various sized dwellings, […]Read more…