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‘Linsanity’ Hits China

Posted February 22nd, 2012 at 11:52 pm (UTC+0)
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Basketball player Jeremy Lin, or Lin Shuhao (林书豪) as he is known in Chinese speaking circles, has hit the mainstream in China. The Harvard grad has come out of seemingly nowhere to have an incredible run with the NBA’s New York Knicks. “Linsanity”, the term for the crazy following he has amassed, is reaching its […]

Valentine’s Day Still Going on in China

Posted February 20th, 2012 at 10:34 pm (UTC+0)
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When you search for “Valentine’s Day” on Twitter, you won’t find many new messages about the holiday. Or, at the very least, you will scarcely find people still celebrating it. However in China, the western holiday is big here and can stretch for a week after Valentine’s Day ends. The Valentine’s spirit is still going […]

Facebook Unsure of China as a Market

Posted February 13th, 2012 at 11:29 pm (UTC+0)

Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg (马克·扎克伯格) may want to come to China, but the company’s IPO filing certainly lowers expectations. In its recent IPO filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Facebook says: China is a large potential market for Facebook, but users are generally restricted from accessing Facebook from China. We do not know […]

Netease Offers Attitudes on Drugs

Posted February 5th, 2012 at 3:35 pm (UTC+0)
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The Netease microblog (网易微博) calls itself  “The microblog with an attitude.”  This is very true of its latest topic:  Drugs. The issue is being discussed a lot recently because the son of the famous actor Zhang Guoli (张国立) has been caught up in a marijuana scandal. The son, Zhang Mo (张默), is an actor himself. […]

Han Han Fights Anti-Fraud “Cop”

Posted February 4th, 2012 at 1:50 am (UTC+0)

Netizens have been agog at the online flame wars between Han Han (韩寒) and Fang Zhouzi (方舟子), real name Fang Shimin (方是民), since the Spring Festival. Fang Zhouzi, known as a popular myth buster, once identified a former CEO, Tang Jun (唐俊), as holding a diploma from a fake university. He has also sometimes turned […]

Real Name Requirements Drive Online Opinion

Posted February 2nd, 2012 at 3:32 am (UTC+0)
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Even though real-name ID registering on Sina microblog hasn’t been made official yet, and there are few signs of implementation, real name ID is a change that is gaining attention. The reason for real name registration is for the greater control on the Chinese internet. Wang Chen, minister of the State Council Information Office, justified […]



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