In fear of losing touch with its own language and culture, China de-emphasizes English

Alia | October 23rd, 2013 - 10:25 am

On one hand, Beijing proposed to reduce the value of English in college admission. On the other, Chinese version of spelling bee competition tops TV ratings. Could the current backlash against English be a part of Xi Jinping’s great revival of Chineseness?

124 suspected Chinese illegal gold miners arrested in Ghana. Chinese netizens’ reactions split

Alia | June 6th, 2013 - 8:11 pm
Chinese miners detained in Ghana

124 Chinese allegedly involved in illegal gold mining were reported to be detained in Ghana. Chinese netizens reacted to the news very differently. While some took that nationalist stance, others thought the miners deserved punishment.

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.

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

Alia | July 11th, 2012 - 9:42 pm

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?

American guy with perfect Chinese becomes popular for imitating different Chinese and English accents

Alia | April 27th, 2012 - 4:48 pm

In the video clip, he role-played a Beijinger with Beijing accent, a Mandarin-speaking Chinese with Chinglish, a Taiwanese, a Hong Kong man, a Caucasian American, an African American, a Japanese, a Russian, a French, an African, a New Yorker and a gay, all with very distinct character and accents.

Hilarious Chinese to English translations – A time sex thing, currency recycle system and don’t touch yourself!

Alia | March 30th, 2011 - 3:23 am

Pictures of hilarious Chinese to English translation. A time sex thing, currency recycle system and don’t touch yourself!

English words with Chinese characteristics

Alia | February 25th, 2011 - 2:29 am

Chinese netizens are making up new English words based on very Chinese cultural phenomenon, making the foreign language a unique part of China’s online popular culture. These words are widely used across different social media in China, and sometimes even adopted by mainstream mass media.