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Credit Theft Leads to Funny US-China TV Battle

Posted March 5th, 2012 at 12:57 am (UTC+0)

A funny rivalry has erupted between popular U.S. and Chinese comedy shows. The saga began recently when American TV comic Conan O’Brien, whose show is aired by the TBS network, discovered a Chinese show ripped off his opening credits, image by image. The Chinese offender was a Sohu (搜狐) produced internet TV show, Da Peng […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

Microblogs Gear Up for Nanjing Massacre Anniversary

Posted December 14th, 2011 at 5:28 pm (UTC+0)

Zhang Yimou’s (张艺谋) Flowers of War (金陵十三钗) starring Christian Bale, said to be the most expensive movie ever made in China, premiers on Friday in China. Watch the trailer for Flowers of War The film, based on a novel by Yan Geling (严歌苓), explores the 1937 Nanjing Massacre through the lives of 13 prostitutes who […]

SARFT Bans TV Adverts During Dramas, Online Comedy Follows

Posted December 1st, 2011 at 12:58 am (UTC+0)

This is a news report from Dragon TV, a major Chinese television network. It’s been embedded onto Youku, China’s leading online portal. This might be future for Chinese television, as SARFT (广电总局 State Administration of Radio Film and Television) announced on Monday that beginning in January, 2012, ads will be banned from the middle of […]

Old Cadres Go Viral With Lady Gaga Cover

Posted November 17th, 2011 at 10:37 pm (UTC+0)

A video of the Hunan (湖南) provincial TV station’s Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节) gala featured  a team of retired officials covering Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.” In China, singing and dancing groups formed by former government officials are the norm. However, this video, with the enthusiastic singers and currently shared on You Tube, has been viewed more […]

Edison Chen at It Again

Posted November 11th, 2011 at 2:16 am (UTC+0)

This time, A-list celebrities like Cecilia Cheung (张柏芝) are not featured. Instead, the photos are supposedly taken from the phone of an unknown 16-year-old model, Cammi Xie (谢芷蕙), who dated Chen for six months before their split after the scandal broke. After the photos were posted online, they went viral and Xie, a member of […]

O-pen Magazine Closed

Posted November 7th, 2011 at 6:11 am (UTC+0)
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O-pen magazine (大方) was set up in March 2011 by Annie Baby (安妮宝贝), a popular novelist who got her start on the Internet.  On November 1, however, she announced on her Sina microblog that they had received a notice to stop publishing. The first issue of O-pen is the beginning, the second is the end. […]

A Controversial End for Super Girl in China

Posted October 1st, 2011 at 3:49 pm (UTC+0)
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One of the most popular TV programs in China has been cancelled, again. The removal of Super Girl (快乐女声) from the airwaves has caused a stir on Chinese microbloging sites. The show was an American Idol type TV program started in China in 2004 by state TV in southern Hunan province. After a three year […]



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