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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 […]

Superheroes Spotted in Beijing

Posted January 12th, 2012 at 12:46 am (UTC+0)
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Masks and costumes are usually reserved for the movies or parties. but recently, two “superheros” have taken to the streets of the Beijing to donate to the poor. One superhero is a woman, going by the name of Chinese Redbud Woman (北京紫荆侠), was inspired by a Hong Kong version. She wears revealing tight clothes and […]

Christian Bale Visit to Human Rights Lawyer Causes Uproar

Posted December 20th, 2011 at 10:17 pm (UTC+0)
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Christian Bale (克里斯蒂安·贝尔), the Hollywood star known for his roles as Batman and Empire of the Sun, set in China, was in China to promote his Chinese film, The Flowers of War (金陵十三钗) directed by Zhang Yimou (张艺谋). After the promotion ended, the star tried visiting one of China’s most famous human rights activists, Chen […]

Gansu School Bus Crash Sparks Anger

Posted November 21st, 2011 at 1:28 am (UTC+0)
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Since a small bus carrying 62 children crashed into a coal truck in Gansu province (甘肃), killing 18 children and 2 adults last week, Chinese microblogs have erupted with tens of thousands of angry posts. The bus was only a nine-seater and was severely overcrowded at the time of the accident (甘肃校车事故). The Xinhua news agency […]

Toddler Death Sparks Outcry Over Morality in China

Posted October 23rd, 2011 at 9:05 pm (UTC+0)
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  Yueyue (悦悦), the toddler who was run over in Foshan, Guangdong province (广东佛山) and left to die by many passing adults, has sparked an outcry over morality in China. The toddler, whose parents were working nearby, died early in the morning on October 21. When the incident occurred last week, video footage of the […]

Occupy Wall Street Creates a Buzz in China

Posted October 10th, 2011 at 7:37 pm (UTC+0)

The movement that has gripped America’s financial district, protests made to the financial establishment in the West, has also taken hold on the Chinese Internet. Occupy Wall Street (占领华尔街) were protests that began in New York’s banking center on September 17, which then spread to other cities around the United States. . China’s own intellectual […]



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