The “Finish” Of The Boston Marathon Yielded This Fantastic Picture

Boston Marathon flags
They finished the Boston Marathon on Saturday as thousands of runners completed a one-mile run at Kenmore Square, along Boylston Street. This great idea was made doubly so by the display of solidarity above, with runners holding flags to honor the victims of the bombing on April 15. The Chinese flag, of course, is for Lu Lingzi. Read more »

How Is Ai Weiwei’s Musicality? We Asked Chinese Music Experts

Ai Weiwei Dumbass
By now, you’re probably familiar with Ai Weiwei’s “Dumbass," the Beijing-born artist-cum-activist’s widely-publicized collaborative heavy metal music video with Zuoxiao Zuzhou that was unveiled last week to promote the pair’s upcoming full-length effort, The Divine Comedy. Directed by well-known Australian cinematographer Christopher Doyle -- you may recognize his work with Zhang Yimou and Wong Kar-Wai -- the highly-polished video offers a surrealistic interpretation of the 81 days that Ai, 55, reportedly spent in detention in mid-2011 for tax evasion Read more »

Video Of Woman Cut In Half By Elevator Is Harrowing

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On May 15, a 24-year-old nurse surnamed Wang was cut in half by an elevator after she found herself pinched between its closing doors. That sentence is horrific enough, but what about more details? The victim, a nurse surnamed Wang, was trapped in the elevator in Changhong Tower in Shenzhen's Luohu district, when it stopped due to failure. Since the door was open the woman attempted to exit, but the elevator started moving again. The elevator fell at least three stories, killing Wang. Those details are definitely sufficiently horrific, but what about the video? Read more »

Watch: Scenes From The Inaugural Art Basel Hong Kong

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For the first time ever, Art Basel opened in Hong Kong on Thursday, where it'll remain a showcase for Asian art, artists and galleries until tomorrow. For a glimpse, you'll want to check out Stephy Chung's latest video for Crane.tv, above, featuring scenes from this international event. Does Hong Kong deserve Art Basel? That's debatable. "Even a few local boosters will admit that the paucity of Hong Kong galleries is largely a reflection of the weakness of the local art scene," reports the New York Times. Read more »

Introducing: CRI’s C4, A Weekly Comedy News Quiz Show

C4 Episode 59
You've likely not seen this because fun and original content has a way of getting buried over at China Radio International -- CRI has a lot of money and heart, just not enough marketing -- but C4, which is probably the only English-language "comedy news quiz show" in China, deserves your attention. Produced, directed, and hosted by Rob Hemsley and Stuart Wiggin, C4 (China News, China Chat, China Fun, China Four) is quirky, unique, satirical, funny -- all of those things at the same time, when it's at its best. (At its worst it's probably a medium-sized animal's droppings, but lucky for us, there's entertainment value there, too.) Read more »

Friday Night Musical Outro: Ecstatic For INTRO

Intro 2013 Beijing
Hey, I'm Morgan, I ran out of funny things to say for this bit. Oh hai guys, happy Friday, good to see you all, and I hope you're all already having sweet, awesome weekends. Super sweet, awesome weekends. Welp, for this week's Friday Outro, our man The Tao specifically requested some content relating to this weekend's INTRO Festival because BeijingCream has to stay relevant with the kids. Read more »

Which Parts Of The US Tweet “Chink” (And Other Hateful Words) Most Often?

Geography of Hate - chink
Dr. Monica Stephens, a professor at Humboldt State University, has created a series of maps that illustrate which areas of the United States are most likely to send tweets with certain hateful words. It's called Geography of Hate, and here's how it works: The data behind this map is based on every geocoded tweet in the United States from June 2012 - April 2013 containing one of the 'hate words'. Read more »

Foreigner Secretly Filmed Losing His Mind At Bus Driver In Chengdu

Foreigner berates bus driver in Chengdu
We all know the feeling of losing our cool, but how many of us know the misfortune of having a meltdown secretly filmed and uploaded to Youku, where it gets 390,000 views in half a day? Check out the above, which happened recently in Chengdu, according to the Youku description. A foreigner, because he almost misses a bus, begins cursing at the bus driver in up to three languages, while everyone else watches in silence. Read more »

Chinagog: Finding The Right Teaching Environment

Chinagog - Finding the Right Teaching Environment
One of the most common questions I see posted on TEFL forums is whether X school in Z province is a decent place to work. There are ways to ensure that you aren’t walking into an educational Sarlacc pit by emailing current staff and properly vetting your contract. Still, there’s a good chance your first job will be in a shitty private language center — and there’s actually nothing wrong with that. But before we see why, a quick aside. Read more »

Chinese Boss Calls For Helicopter Delivery On Golf Course, Because He Can

Big boss orders wonton delivered via helicopter to golf course
A very rich man on a golf course reportedly had a helicopter deliver him a bowl of wontons during the middle of play, just because he could. And he was really hungry, probably. As told by environmental celebrity Huang Xiaoshan on his Weibo and relayed by Guangzhou Daily, Huang and a friend were playing golf on a course near Xiaotangshan in Beijing when they saw a helicopter fly overhead and land. The man who ordered the take-out was apparently the boss of a big company -- a company that owns helicopters, it appears. Read more »

Light Punishment Comes Down On Shanghai’s Highway Urinators, Netizens Not Happy

Six laowai take a leak in Shanghai
Remember the above? The picture appeared on Sina Weibo in March, with the accompanying message: A group of laowai collectively pee on a Shanghai overpass, while smirking! Can only say __ doesn’t have national boundaries! Please fill in the blank! The incident was investigated, with police eventually saying no punishment would come to the foreigners due to a lack of relevant laws. Read more »

Joe Biden, In Commencement Speech, Says The Chinese Can’t “Think Different,” Plus Other Regrettable Things

Biden at UPenn commencement
Winsome goof Joe Biden, giving a commencement address at the Ivy League's University of Pennsylvania on May 13, delivered a few China barbs that probably shouldn't have come from a US vice president. "It was a humiliating experience," Chinese citizen Zhang Tianpu, a graduating Wharton senior, told SCMP. "And how can a graduation speech be this political?" Read more »