Seeing too much coverage on Sandy, Chinese netizens call CCTV a stooge of the US

Alia | October 31st, 2012 - 1:24 am
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After being overwhelmed by CCTV’s coverage on Sandy, Chinese netizens called it “the conscience of the US” – that is the polite way of saying it. The impolite way is “CCTV is a stooge of the US.”

The love affair that everybody is talking about

Alia | October 30th, 2012 - 3:41 am
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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.)

Ningbo NIMBY protesters to foreign journalists: “Ningbo welcomes you.”

Alia | October 29th, 2012 - 12:41 am
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Protests in Ningbo started to wane down after local government agreed to suspend a refining and petrochemicals project. In retrospect, a scene where the protesting crowd lifted up a foreign camera man seems to reveal a more telling story about China and its people than the protest itself.

Abusive kindergarten teacher lifted boy off ground by ears: “It was fun.”

Alia | October 25th, 2012 - 4:30 am
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Part of the reason of the rising child abuse at kindergartens is the lack of public sources. It’s not news that it’s extremely hard to find a spot in a reputable public kindergarten in China’s big cities. Children are many but kindergartens are few.

The economics of Nobel: When Mo Yan becomes a national cash cow

Alia | October 23rd, 2012 - 2:02 am
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Increased book sales by a Nobel winning writer are hardly news. What’s surprising is how Mo’s Nobel has promoted other industries in China. For example, tourism, real estate, Chinese white wine, roast chicken…you name it.

How far would luxury brands go to woo the rising middle class and nouveau riche in China?

Alia | October 19th, 2012 - 8:13 pm
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Hermès custom made a Birkin bag embossed with China’s national flag for a rich once-in-prison woman in China. The picture went viral and is likely to bring big damage to Hermès’ brand image.

Li Lei and Han Meimei, The love affair of a whole generation

Alia | October 18th, 2012 - 6:19 am
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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.

Violent unrest in Luzhou, Sichuan, after traffic police beat driver to death. Censors already at work.

Alia | October 17th, 2012 - 4:29 pm
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Several accounts on Weibo, China’s No.1 microblogging service, have been live reporting a violent riot caused by the death of a driver in Luzhou, Sichuan province.

In China, Little happiness matters

Alia | October 11th, 2012 - 3:14 am
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Mengniu’s new marketing message to Chinese consumers “Little happiness matters” fails in every possible way. In a sense, Mengniu and China are facing the same challenge – people feel little happiness using Mengniu products and living in China, but happiness, however small, does matter.

Press conference by China’s Ministry of Migrant Worker Affairs: We want our salaries!

Alia | October 9th, 2012 - 9:40 pm
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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.