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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 […]

Chinese Official: Pop-up Ads Necessary for the Internet

Posted January 8th, 2012 at 11:30 pm (UTC+0)

Even though new Chinese rules for internet companies were just released, one major item was missing for many. Pop-up ads were not banned. The reason? China’s internet services are based on free ads, said Li Guobin, an industry inspector for Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (工业和信息化部). Jean Chen, who is a consultant for, […]

Baidu Profits From Google Retreat

Posted November 1st, 2011 at 8:03 pm (UTC+0)

Baidu (百度), the search engine giant in China, has pulled even farther ahead of Google (谷歌) in their battle for user preference. According to market research firm Analysys International, Baidu gained in market share in the third quarter of this year and now gets almost 80% of all search traffic in China, compared to about […]

Huaxi Village Reaches for the Sky

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 7:19 pm (UTC+0)

The opening of a new skyscraper might not be news in most big cities. But as you can see from the picture above, the Longxi International Hotel towers over the small community of Huaxi in China’s eastern Zhejiang province. Huaxi Village (华西村), which claims to be China’s richest village, unveiled  the 74-story, 328 meter tall […]

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 […]

Fans Erect Shrine to Steve Jobs Outside Apple Store in Beijing

Posted October 8th, 2011 at 12:09 am (UTC+0)
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There is a new shrine in Beijing to Steve Jobs (史蒂夫·乔布斯), the co-founder of Apple Computer who died this week. At the capital’s only Apple store (苹果店) in located in Sanlitun (三里屯) in eastern Beijing, fans of Jobs chose to put down pieces of fresh apples as well as bouquets of flowers. White cards with […]

China Space Launch Sparks Nationalistic Speculations

Posted October 6th, 2011 at 3:50 pm (UTC+0)
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China’s recent launch of a habitable space laboratory module has sparked a new round of speculations on forums dedicated to China’s military strength. Tiangong-1 (天宫一号), which means Heaven Palace-1, was launched in China on September 29 at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. It is China’s first space lab module that has the capacity to carry […]

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 […]

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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