December 10 – December 16
Liao Yiwu, the German Peace Prize winner, organized a streaking outside the Nobel Banquet in Stockholm on Monday. Foreign VPNs are supposedly illegal in China, in a story featuring Global Times’s bizarre use of the word “however.” Jaywalking in Beijing is also not allowed — who knew? Chinese netizens realized that Xinhua has a Twitter account, and they weren’t too happy about it.
A five-year-old was run over by a minibus, and few did anything to help. On the other hand: a dog refused to leave his fallen owner, a Swedish man saved a drowning woman, and Beijing subway passengers did all they could to save a man who fell onto the tracks.
The Beijinger columnist George Ding wrote a humor piece that was lost in translation. Beijingers protested a high-speed rail line that would cut too close to a residential community; operative word “protested.” Tracy McGrady had a pretty rough week: first he ran off the court with diarrhea, then he elbowed a Beijing player in a blowout lost. Here’s how you can save an ancient Buddhist city threatened by a Chinese copper mine.
A Chinese woman was Tasered for trying to buy too many iPhones in New Hampshire. Police chief Qi Fang lost his job over these two sisters (pictures), though he denies having sex with them. A woman died on her way to a Beijing hospital because there was too much traffic. Here’s the official 2013 China holiday schedule — it’s wacky.
The Good Doctor followed Santas around Beijing. Barack Obama’s Newtown address has been viewed lots of times in this country, as the world watches to see if the US moves to restrict gun ownership. And introducing: Xi Jinping looking at things.
Comment of the Week:
Kai Ni Nai Nai, on our post about today’s BJC gathering at Great Leap Brewing (featuring an interview with Carl Setzer):
I wouldn’t be going to this party. Word on the street is as you advertised it there’s a number of Beijing expats you slagged off this year you’ll be turning up seeking revenge. 2-1 on you’ll get a huge fight, inside or outside. If I was Anthony Tao I wouldn’t be advertising where and when I am going to be hanging about in a bar in Beijing, no way. This is going to be a car crash this afternoon. You’d better get some heavies ready I predict it is goingt o get nasty.