In China, Only gold medal counts

Alia | July 31st, 2012 - 2:26 am
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When it comes to sports, or more specifically, competitive sports, China is known for its emphasis on victory and victory only. But three recent news have made netizens start to question such mindset – topic “Non-gold medalists are heroes, too” has stayed on Sina Weibo Top Trending Topics for two days.

Chinese consumers: “IKEA is our home!”

Alia | July 29th, 2012 - 4:20 am
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Let’s just say that if IKEA wants its customers to feel at home in its spacious blue and yellow stores, its mission is 200% accomplished in China.

Qidong NIMBY protest that occupied the local government and stripped a mayor may mark a new era of grassroots activism in China

Alia | July 28th, 2012 - 6:55 am
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The smile on the face of Qidong Mayor after protesters stripped off his clothes during a environmental protest made netizens gave applause to the government and called protesters to restrain. “China is where you stand. China is what you do. You are China. If you are bright, China won’t be dark.”

One flood, Two tales

Alia | July 26th, 2012 - 10:41 pm
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Two floods in two major cities in a week, yet while one city (Beijing) is mourning over flood casualties, the other (Tianjin) is having a fun summer day at the water park.

Beijing government booed by netizens for donation call

Alia | July 25th, 2012 - 4:28 am
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Two days after the deadly rain, Beijing government issued a call for disaster relief donations. Chinese netizens’ reaction to the donation call can very well be summarized in two words, “f@ck off”.

Who is telling the truth about the deadly flash flood in Beijing?

Alia | July 24th, 2012 - 4:26 am
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A devastating rainstorm in Beijing left 37 dead. But was it the heaviest rain in 61 years as official sources claimed? And why there was no text warning when a weather warning system was put into effect in 2004?

Three not-so-beautiful winners of Miss World Chongqing had netizens talking

Alia | July 11th, 2012 - 9:42 pm
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In the eyes of Chinese netizens, the top 3 winners of Miss World Chongqing are too ugly to win the contest unless they are mistresses of people in power. But what if judging by Western beauty standards, which are so different from Chinese ones?

Michelangelo’s David got censored: No marble junk for CCTV viewers

Alia | July 9th, 2012 - 4:31 pm
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3D boobs are not alone…

Duel between intellectuals stimulated debates about law and rights

Alia | July 8th, 2012 - 6:41 pm
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A duel between pro-government intellectuals and liberal intellectuals outside the gate of a Beijing Park stirred up debates about the limits of violence.

[Updated] Fire at a “New York” shopping mall rumored to have killed over 300 Chinese

Alia | July 6th, 2012 - 3:44 am
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A big fire that has been rumored to claim 378 lives in Jixian, Tianjin made Chinese netizens turn to New York to discuss the matter and work around censorship. Even the Shifang protest was said to be a distraction of this Tianjin fire.