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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Gold Diggers Become Trending Topic

Posted December 8th, 2011 at 2:09 am (UTC+0)

The topic of marrying for money, especially for younger women is trending in China. This viral Youtube video shows the nasty side of the debate. A woman shouts at her boyfriend in the subway: Look at you, you are useless, why am I going to marry you? You don’t have money. Man without money is […]

“Leftover Women” Find Online Voice

Posted November 28th, 2011 at 10:40 pm (UTC+0)

In the west, the age of marriageability is far higher than in China. But in China, women who have reached their late 20s are considered “leftover.” “Leftover women” (剩女) is an often negative term indicating more mature Chinese women who are no longer on the marriage market. In China, marriage is seen as an act […]

Speculation Rises on Social Fatigue for Sina Microblog

Posted November 22nd, 2011 at 11:39 pm (UTC+0)

Sina (新浪), one of China’s largest Internet companies, reported revenues of $130.3 million for the third quarter of 2011, up from $108.2 million last year. But some Chinese media outlets have reported that, despite these figures, Chinese users of the popular microblog service could be getting fatigued. At Netease, the website of another internet giant, […]

Xinhai Revolution: Serious, And Not So Serious

Posted October 13th, 2011 at 10:14 pm (UTC+0)
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October 10 marked an important anniversary for China.  It had been 100 years since the last dynasty in China was overthrown and replaced by a Republic. The Xinhai Revolution (辛亥革命), beginning with the Wuchang Uprising (武昌起义) of October 10, 1911, was pivotal for the Chinese; the following year, Sun Yat-sen (孙中山) founded a new government. […]

Chinese Social Network Buys Video Site

Posted October 3rd, 2011 at 3:49 pm (UTC+0)
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One of China’s biggest social networking sites has purchased a declining video sharing site, sparking some negative feedback. Renren, valued at $5 billion earlier this year, spent only $80 million for, one of the country’s larger video sharing sites. Founded in 2005, Renren is popular with university students and was formerly named the “On-Campus […]



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