If ChinaSmack Gets Harmonized Soon, We Can All Blame That Prick Dashan

China Smack
ChinaSmack has been one of the most popular China blogs on the Internet basically since its inception in the summer of 2008, after it “broke the Internet” by publishing a post titled “Naked Chinese Girl Attacked By Cantonese Teens” with accompanying video (the video has since been removed). It’s built quite a formidable team of... Read more » Read more »

High School Sophomore Chris Tang, Of Chinese Nationality, Is China’s Hope To Become Its Jeremy Lin

Chris Tang as next Jeremy Lin
The above video is of 6-foot-2 (possibly 6-3) guard Chris Tang of Hampton Roads Academy, who was just featured tonight on Beijing Television's show "BTV Talking Sports" (体育议起来) as part of a 20-minute segment on Jeremy Lin. The show's analyst initially seemed taken aback when the anchor introduced a clip of Tang with the phrase, "I don't know if you're familiar with this...," but the analyst recovered nicely and spouted some hackneyed answer I didn't bother remembering. Read more »

Who Needs The Nobel Prize In Literature When China Can Get Its Equivalent In ARCHITECTURE?

Wang Shu wins Pritzker Architecture Prize
Kick-ass Wang Shu won the best fucking award ever yesterday, picked by a bunch of nearly-as-awesome dudes for building kick-ass shit and being generally kick-ass-ish. Step aside, Frank Gehry. Step aside, Tadao Ando. Step aside, Renzo Piano, if that is your real name. And what the heck does Eduardo Souto de Moura even mean? The... Read more » Read more »

Basketball Is Hard: The Very Worst From The CBA’s Approximation Of Its Very Best

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So the NBA All-Star game yesterday came down to the final shot. Big deal. Anyone can make basketball entertaining when they're among the best players the world has to offer. A much tougher task is to make basketball entertaining when you're not blessed with seven-foot wingspans and 40-inch verticals, just a regular guy persevering through the marshes of life with the rest of us: earnest, hard-working, perhaps even talented, but not superhuman like Dwight Howard, freakish like Kevin Durant, or LeBron James like LeBron James. Read more »

China Daily’s Cover Story On Art School Entrance Exams Sadly Misses The Point

Look at this fucking douche
More than an hour after we published the latest edition of Yishus, in which Lola B wrote, “Chinese students go to art school to make money,” but the “the main path, if not the only path, into a top art school is through the art gaokao (college entrance exam) that judges technical skill alone,” China... Read more » Read more »

Yishus: Attending Art School In China Might Make You Rich, But At The Cost Of Being Able To Make Real Art

A Photo Booth creation.
While huffing bubbles into my coconut’s milky core, I told my Beijing-born friend nonchalantly and without embarrassment that I had graduated from art school with a major in painting. Her response? “Great! Well, at least you can sell your paintings!” My nasal passages flooded with fruit juice. This was a far cry from the more... Read more » Read more »

The Jianbing: A Chinese Galette Or A Savory Crepe?

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It's unlikely you'll ever see jianbing given a more doting treatment than in the above video by Tim Quijano. The font is stylized, curled like a Victorian moustache; the sauce is "hoisin," not "that brown shit"; the chili is "paste"; the music is new-age classical with a lot of cello overlaid with digital keyboard, which seems fitting; "crisp fritter"; and the camera is obviously on a tripod. Read more »

Guy On Art: The Curse Of Technical Perfection – Review Of Art Bridge Exhibition In Which Artists Drew Whatever

Art Bridge
First, as a token of good faith, I offer this piece of advice to all Chinese galleries: don’t skimp on wine at openings. Free-flowing liquor will ultimately work to your advantage when plying potential customers, especially when you’re going to need to exact mental debilitation on them to sell your wares. Case in point, the... Read more » Read more »

Beijing’s Women’s Basketball Team Won The WCBA Finals Three Days Ago

Beijing women win basketball championship
I'm going to be frank with you here: I don't know that Beijing's 89-84 win over Zhejiang -- clinching the series 3 games to 0 -- was "trending" news, as the kids say. But that shouldn't excuse my negligence. Beijing won its first WCBA title in its 31-year history (for comparison, the WNBA has only been around 14 years), led by its star center, Nicky Anosike, who you might remember as a star at Tennessee. Read more »