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?

Jianbing Chinese galette savory crepe featured image
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 »

A Question For The Asian American Journalists Association: If You Take Political Correctness Too Far, Do You End Up in China? (Shit, Was That Racist?)

Lin puns
Deadspin’s Barry Petchesky posted excerpts of an email sent by the Asian American Journalists Association yesterday (earlier today for those in China) that includes a list of stereotypes for journalists to avoid when covering Jeremy Lin. As Petchesky hilariously points out, “Half of these are references nobody’s even made yet, so thanks, AAJA, for giving racists... Read more » Read more »

BTV’s ‘Traffic Light’ Set To Music – A Beijing Cream Presentation, The Start Of A Horrific Thing

Traffic Light - start of a beautiful, horrific thing
Traffic Light (红绿灯) is a show on Beijing Television (BTV) that airs an ostensibly instructional segment called "Accidents That Should Never Happen." Everything about it is ridiculous. The only way to make it more ridiculous is to watch it in slow motion, set to music. This is the first video in a weekly series. Read more »

Introducing: That Asshole Drake Moreau

Drake Moreau
Consider this your introduction to a weekly series in which our resident asshole, Drake Moreau, wades into Beijing’s seedy districts (because he’s an asshole) and writes about them like the asshole he is. Just to give you an example of the type of twat we’re dealing with, here’s the g-chat conversation in which I asked... Read more » Read more »

Today In Shitty Journalism: MSNBC Sources Foreign Correspondents Club Of China Email To Break News That Happened Last Week

The article in question was actually published yesterday, so please don’t be misled by the use of “today” in the title. It’s just an expression. Some reporters got “assaulted” in Panhe, Guangdong, and though we don’t know the extent of anyone’s injuries (just a minor detail, right guys?), MSNBC’s “Behind the Wall” China blog decided... Read more » Read more »