Wen Jiabao’s family wealth and Ningbo NIMBY protest are so yesterday, the hottest topic that everybody is talking about on the Chinese Internet now is the love affair of Wang Shi, a God father figure in China’s real estate industry. The love affair leads to a comeback of discussions on the culture of “little third” (“小三” in Chinese, literally means the third person in a relationship.)
Li Lei and Han Meimei, two of the main characters in China’s middle-school English textbooks 20 years ago, made a comeback in this year’s new textbook and started a strong wave of post-80s nostalgia. In a country like China where radical changes are happening every day, nostalgia is something can be felt in the air every now and then, especially among the post-80s generation.
A short clip titled “Press conference of migrant workers demanding salaries” went viral online. With a setting that resembled a regular press conference by China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, two migrant workers incorporated high-frequency words and sentences routinely used by official Chinese spokespersons.