Harmonizing basketball brawl between Georgetown and Bayi Rockets in China

| August 30th, 2011
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When a Chinese basketball team got involved in an all-out brawl with the Georgetown University team in an exhibition on August 18, it revealed that no topic is off limits to the river crab. “River crab,” in Chinese pronounced “he xie,” is a pun on “harmonious society,” used by netizens to mock the word.

There was nothing “harmonious” about what happened between Georgetown and the Bayi Rockets on August 18 when they met for a game during Georgetown’s ostentatious good-will tour. [...]Read more…

Transformers sequel in China: huge box office, bad reviews

| August 9th, 2011
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From Douban:

Transformer: Dark of the Moon is certainly a blockbuster. It has a huge box office in Mainland China, already as much as 0.7 billion. The box office opening in Mainland China on August 4th also outnumbered Harry Porter. While its spectacular visual special effect is well received as usual, compared to its box office, the Dark of the Moon has been rated relatively low in many websites like Douban, a popular and growing social networking website in China. The [...]Read more…

Meeting between Obama and Dalai Lama angers Chinese netizens

| July 17th, 2011
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From Sina:

On July 16th in spite of objection from Chinese government, Barack Obama met with Dalai Lama at the White House for 45 minutes, praising him for embracing non-violence while reiterating that the United States did not support Tibet independence. Chinese government accused Obama of "interfering with China’s internal affairs. In a statement released on Sunday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said, "This action is a gross interference in China’s internal affairs, which hurts the feelings of the Chinese people [...]Read more…

Censorship? I “Doth Protest”

| March 23rd, 2011
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It’s well known that censorship in China stifles many forms of electronic communication and media, such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Gmail. Now, the New York Times reports that regulations have become even stiffer, ever since the government caught whiffs of plans to organize China-based protests after uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa. Several virtual-private-network services have been disrupted, and many users of Gmail, Google’s email service which is located in Hong Kong, have been unable to access [...]Read more…

Chinese scalpers rush to purchase iPad2

| March 18th, 2011
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From Netease:

Zhong Guang Net Beijing reports on March 18, according to Voice of China “Aspect News”, since iPad 2 went on sale last week many scalpers have been buying them madly. A group of Asian scalpers targeted the Apple flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York. They tried every way to go into the store to buy the goods, and then resell them at higher prices locally or sent to China for sale.

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Who is “laowai”

| March 8th, 2011
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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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The most romantic Christmas gift

| December 24th, 2010
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Merry Christmas everyone! This recent viral video named “Christmas 2010 – Colin – the most romantic Christmas gift” is a love story between a man, Colin from the United States and a Chinese girl Chen Xiaohuan which has touched millions of Chinese netizens.  Enjoy!

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Chinese reporter cuts in front of Korean press to ask Obama a question, saying he represents Asia

| November 14th, 2010
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(Netease) November 12, 2010, The G-20 Summit in Korea has ended, during President’s Obama’s press conference CCTV anchor Rui Chenggang seized the chance to ask the last question given to the Korean press. He also claimed to be representing the entire Asia. His action stirred up some debates on the net.

During the press conference President Obama wanted to leave the last question to the South Korean press, but Rui stood up…

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Liberation Army Daily criticizes U.S. provoking China’s dignity

| August 14th, 2010
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The following article published by Liberation Army Daily was made popular recently with hundreds thousands of comments pouring in.

(From Netease and other major Chinese media) Liberation Army Daily reported on August 13, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Defense made an announcement at a press conference recently, that the United States would send “George Washington” aircraft carrier to the Korean West Sea (Yellow Sea) in a series of joint military exercises. This was a 180 degree turn comparing [...]Read more…

PaperDoll is playing in Shanghai!

| July 21st, 2010
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Who is PaperDoll?  From New York City, PaperDoll’s high energy live shows – featuring Lee’s uninhibited front woman style – have secured them a cult following in the dance rock scene. They’ve been featured on MTV, The Today Show, Maxim Radio, and Blender Magazine. 2010 sees the debut of their album Ballad Nerd Pop and brings the band to China on their Global Citizens Tour.

China August 2010: New York indie band, PaperDoll, travels to Shanghai to play at the World [...]Read more…

China’s new rich set trend buying luxury homes in California with cash

| May 17th, 2010
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From World Journal, Los Angeles:

Mr. Chen had been renting and living in a 2 bedroom house in South Pasadena, California for many years, recently he was forced to move because his landlord sold the house for 525,000 dollars (short sale). Friends from mainland China asked him why, he always responded angrily, “All you mainlanders are too rich, buying houses with cash, causing me to move!”

As China’s economy rises, a group of China’s new rich with abundant cash funds appeared [...]Read more…

Xinhua News: China Refuses “Political Google” and “Google’s Politics”

| March 21st, 2010
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So it looks like Google is finally going to leave China, the date may be set to April 10. Yesterday, “First Finical Daily” had the report about the latest development on Google China. “We already got the news, saying Google will leave China on April 10, this news currently has not been confirmed by Google yet.” according to a person briefed on the matter. Google China staff members also told the newspaper reporter that the announcement could come as early [...]Read more…

Illegal immigrants: the most helpless Chinese people in Haiti earthquake

| January 24th, 2010
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From Southern Weekend:

After the Haiti earthquake happened for couple of days, Huang Keqiang’s (黄克锵) cell phone and QQ was vibrating nonstop, messages coming from his hometown Fujian surged at him. After Heidi’s earthquake, the president of China Lin Zexu Foundation (中国林则徐基金会) who is now the permanent resident of New York City immediately released all of his contact information online. January 16, the fourth day after the earthquake struck, he gathered over hundreds of the missing fellow villagers’ names, these people [...]Read more…

Avatar tickets in China most expensive in the world

| January 8th, 2010
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Avatar ticket prices will go up next week in China because the demand is so great, which means the ticket prices for the movie in IMAX-3D will be the highest in the world! Chinese netizens are complaining that, people in China, where the average income is 20 times lower than the U.S., have to pay three times as much as the people in the U. S for the same ticket. There are even talks of viewing strikes on the BBS [...]Read more…