Infographic: China’s Internet is a giant shopping mall

Alia | February 28th, 2013 - 8:58 pm
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In 2013, the total online sales in China is expected to reach $265 billion, exceeding all other countries including the US. China has 242 million online shoppers, accounting for about 40% of its entire population.

China wants to find PM2.5 a Chinese name, Netizens chime in

Alia | February 28th, 2013 - 3:08 am
Picture by News Weekly

It’s another heavy smog day in Beijing, and the Chinese government finally decided to do something about it – to find PM 2.5 a proper Chinese name. To help their government, Chinese netizens weighed in with creative name suggestions.

New meme song from Li Shuangjiang: American Soldiers Are Good For Nothing

Alia | February 27th, 2013 - 6:06 am
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An earlier song by famous singer Li Shuangjiang, whose son was recently detained for gang rape, became a new meme song on the Chinese Internet. Its name is American Soldiers Are Good For Nothing.

Over half of Chinese officials have Weibophobia

Alia | February 24th, 2013 - 11:06 pm
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A survey by People’s Forum among 2156 government officials across China showed that more than half of government officials in the country have Weibophobia.

Chinese general Luo Yuan’s battle on Weibo

Alia | February 24th, 2013 - 9:34 pm
Luo's Weibo profile picture

On February 21, high-ranking Chinese military officer Luo Yuan, major general, opened a personal Weibo account. Instead of welcomes, Chinese netizens showered Luo with bitter questions and criticism. The peacetime general’s hope to win over public favor is crashed completely.

North Korea released recommended hairstyles for its people

Alia | February 22nd, 2013 - 7:30 pm
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Men and women in North Korea are encouraged to choose from one of the 18 female hair styles and 10 male hair styles recommended by their government.

Chinese censor to Taiwan: Yes, we don’t have freedom of speech

Alia | February 20th, 2013 - 7:18 pm
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Less than 24 hours after Sina Weibo verified that Frank Hsieh, former presidential nominee of Taiwan’s pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), opened an account, the account has already been deleted. Chinese netizens viewed the move as a major setback in re-unification efforts.

The colorful waters of China

Alia | February 20th, 2013 - 5:29 am
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A picture is worth a thousand words. Tencent News recently put together a picture essay of the severity of water pollution in China.

Jike.com, the Chinese government backed search engine you’ve never heard of…until this week

Alia | February 19th, 2013 - 5:25 am
Jike's landing page

It’s funded by the Chinese government. Its CEO is Deng Yaping, former world ping-pong champion. Kai-Fu Lee, former president of Google China, was banned from Weibo for criticizing it. Chinese netizens couldn’t help but ask: “Is all the drama a publicity stunt?”

Is Wukan a failure? Newly elected leaders regret leading protests

Alia | February 17th, 2013 - 10:05 pm
Wukan villagers cast votes in 2012

“I’m in deep regret…Why did I participate [the protests]? What if I didn’t step in this mess? Why did I seek trouble for myself?” said Lin Zulian, one of the leaders of Wukan anti-government protests in 2011 and newly elected village committee director.