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More Than Skin Deep: Chinese Youth Increasingly Favor Plastic Surgery

February 29, 2012

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To us Chinese, “face” (mianzi, 面子) is something we will fight to death to preserve. “Giving face” (geimianzi, 给面子), or showing respect, is expected in any social interaction. On the other hand, “losing face” (diumianzi, 丢面子) is perhaps one of the most disastrous things that can happen to a Chinese in a social setting. Yes, […]

Surviving the Chinese New Year

January 31, 2012

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For most Chinese, the week-long Chinese New Year vacation has just ended. Hundreds of millions of Chinese have returned from their parents’ homes back to where they work or go to school, accomplishing, almost magically, the most challenging travel of the year. But if you think that travel is the only challenge of the New Year, […]

Naked Marriage: What’s Real?

July 10, 2011

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Traditionally, marriage is an important mark of maturity and accomplishment for Chinese. Marriage, to many Chinese, doesn’t only requires “love,” a more or less abstract concept, but other conditions such as material means and the responsibility to produce offspring for the family. However, before China’s economy took off in the 1990s, Chinese didn’t have much, […]

“Oh My Lady Gaga! This Is So Geilivable!”: Chinglish Entering Globish?

June 4, 2011

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If you haven’t used “Oh my Lady Gaga” in your  blog or weibo, you’re definitely an “outman” in China. “Oh my Lady Gaga” is used in blogs, weibo, and online communities to express shock, surprise, hilarity, or emphasis, something like “Oh my god!” but with a lot more playfulness. The expression went viral after the hosts of […]

Chinese Panda, Hollywood Movie: Love and Hate of “Kung Fu Panda 2”

May 29, 2011

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This past weekend, Kung Fu Panda 2 (2D and 3D) opened in major movie theaters across China. Chinese movie goers raved about the Hollywood blockbuster online. Kung Fu Panda 2 stayed on the hot list on Sina’s microblogging site weibo.com since Friday. “Po didn’t disappoint us,” weibo user Min__n writers, “The Americans played the Chinese elements pretty well, […]

Divine Disturbed

May 19, 2011

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Speaking of viral videos, this video of Chinese folk singer Gong Lina singing a folk song sans lyric, titled “忐忑” or “Tante” (“Disturbed”), has been perhaps one of the most viewed and talked about video in China since 2010. The song was composed by Gong’s husband, Robert Zollitsch, a German composer who loves Chinese folk […]

Holy Goddesses of China Trampling Men, and Singing Too

May 12, 2011

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The term shengnu has been around for a while. It first appeared online and was listed as one of the 171 new words of 2007 by the Ministry of Education in China. Literally, shengnu means “leftover woman,” but, as a wordplay, it also sounds like “holy goddess.” This term is used by Chinese to refer to single women […]