Anon Vs. China? Have Fun, Guys! But That’s about It

April 5, 2012

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Finally, China became the newest item on Anonymous’ list of targets. Yesterday, several Chinese government websites and more than four hundred websites were hacked by international hacktivists, announced by a new handle @AnonymousChina on twitter. Many of these websites have been restored, but a few are still down, showing error messages and a couple of […]

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Japanese Porn Idol Conquers China

April 3, 2012

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Every time when I tell my friends in U.S. that China does not have a pornography industry–not legally at least–they appear to be shocked. It seems that the fact that Chinese does not have universal healthcare is more acceptable than that. China has banned the production, distribution, or purchase of pornography since 1949, and offenders […]

AP’s Report Inaccurate; Chinese Microblogging Sites Very Much Alive after Crackdown (with updates)

March 31, 2012

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This morning, Chinese government’s cracking down on websites and arresting six netizens for spreading the rumor of a military coup in Beijing became a headlining story in many major Chinese and international media. AP and The Washington Post both reported that two microblogging websites Sina Weibo and TencentWeibo were “punished” and comments have been temporarily […]

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Stops And Frisks? Public Says “No”! Then What?

March 25, 2012

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A local paper Yangcheng Wanbao reported last week that from March 16, anybody in public places of Guangzhou, the capital city of Guangdong Province, may be subject to police’s random questioning and search. The paper warns its readers to bring their papers with them when they go out in case they are stopped and interrogated […]

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Don’t Like Weibo’s Identity Verification? What Can You Do?

March 15, 2012

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All the four major weibo service providers, Sina (sina.com.cn), Sohu (sohu.com), Wangyi (163.com), and Tencent (qq.com) are to implement its identity verification required by the Beijing municipal government in ten minutes. The existing users of weibo will have to verify their identities by linking their Weibo accounts to their cell phone numbers, which required an resident […]

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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, […]

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Lin Shu Hao: American or Chinese, He’s Linsanity Alright

February 20, 2012

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Forget about Yao Ming. He was so 2010. Since last weekend, Chinese have a new star whom they are willing to give up sleeping in on a Saturday morning to watch.This is not a dream. Jeremy Lin, or Lin Shuhao (林书豪) as his Chinese fans prefer to call him, has become a “legend” in China […]

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