Three young speeding motorcyclists in Hainan, chased by police, die

The East is Read
Surely at some point we've all encountered street racers or speeding motorcyclists in China, usually young people with too much money and too much time. And how many of us have been able to suppress the thought, I really hope they get into trouble. Death? No, not that. But trouble -- a hefty fine, a 12-point driver's license deduction, a single-vehicle wreck... Read more »

Iron Man 3 Breaks Records In China, But Has All The Pockmarks Of Corporate Hollywood

Iron Man 3
Chinese product placements, superfluous scenes with Fan Bingbing, inflated ticket prices… what did all of that get Iron Man 3′s much anticipated debut in China this week? Only every record in the books. “Disney is confirming that Iron Man 3 broke every opening day record in China’s box office,” according to BoxOffice.com. “The official figure... Read more » Read more »

Brittney Griner Will Be Playing In The WCBA

Brittney Griner to China featured image
Brittney Griner, who recently closed out one of the most dominant college careers in women's basketball history, is coming to China. NiuBBall reports: Apparently not satisfied enough with their previous 6’8 dunking female center, the Zhejiang Chouzhou Golden Bulls have taken things up a notch, signing not only the world’s greatest women’s dunker, but possibly its most dominant as well. Read more »

Hebei Principal Poisons To Death Two Students From Rival Kindergarten

Kindergarten students poisoned to death
Two young children were the victims of a dispute between the adults of rival kindergartens last week, according to Xinhua. Let that punch in the gut settle in. Xinhua reports that the principal of an unnamed kindergarten in Pingshan, Hebei province intentionally laced yogurt with tetramine, then hired someone to have it sold along a route that children... Read more » Read more »

Accused NASA Spy Bo Jiang’s Worst Offense May Have Been Downloading Porn, According To US Justice System

NASA astronaut porn
Bo Jiang, the suspected Chinese spy who was pulled off a plane on March 16 just as it was preparing to fly him out of the country, downloaded more than just classified NASA documents and sensitive information, as revealed by Bloomberg. Actually, let’s back up a bit. Did he actually possess classified NASA documents and state... Read more » Read more »

How Long Can You Touch A Car?

Car-touching competition 4
What if we told you the last one to stop touching the car gets to keep it? How long could/would you touch it, then? Yesterday in Shanghai, some 60 people began competing to win a new Volkswagen Polo by keeping their hands pressed to it. According to China Daily, contestants were allowed one 15-minute bathroom... Read more » Read more »

Chengguan: “Even If They Have Real Documents, It Doesn’t Mean They Were Processed Legally”

Papers mean nothing to chengguan and chai
Chengguan are not technically police officers, but out in the streets, their word is law. Today, we got a sobering reminder of that in Beijing. As reported by That’s Beijing, “around 30 to 50 chengguan, along with 20 xieguan officers (‘associate management,’ a force subordinate to chengguan – essentially, hired muscle) blocked off Xuezuo Hutong behind Zhangzizhonglu subway station, allowing... Read more » Read more »

Chen Guangcheng’s Brother Says His House Is Being Besieged By Rocks, Bottles, And Dead Poultry

Chen Guangfu
Authorities still don’t get it. It’s over. Chen Guangcheng is gone. He’s in the hands of overseas activists now, and hasn’t said a thing that was new or interesting since winning the Lantos Human Rights Prize in late January. In other words, stop doing THIS SHIT: Security personnel in eastern China are carrying out a nightly harassment campaign... Read more » Read more »

In Light Of Another Pedophile Found In Chinese Schools, State Administration Of Foreign Experts Issues “Urgent Notice” On Teachers

Man and child
A 63-year-old American who was convicted twice of child porn offenses was reportedly working at a Nanjing school until between 2007 and earlier this year, reports the Chinese newspaper Modern Express. He apparently left the country two months ago. In light of this case and the one of Neil Robinson, who was detained in Beijing... Read more » Read more »

Beijing To Get A Second Basketball Team: Shanxi’s

Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons basketball team
A bombshell in the CBA: Boss Wang Xingquan of the Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons has sold his team to Beijing Enterprises Group Co. Ltd., for 1.2 billion 120 million yuan (US $194.5 $19.5 million), according to Sina via NiuBBall. The Beijing-based investment group will be moving the team up north, to the nation’s capital, where Marcus Williams... Read more » Read more »

Acrobats, Miscommunication, And Luc Besson At The 3rd Annual Beijing International Film Festival

3rd annual Beijing International Film Festival
The closing ceremony for the third annual Beijing International Film Festival was held last Tuesday at the China National Convention Center, a multiplex which is the size and roughly the shape of an intergalactic ship docked on a bay of concrete just north of the National Aquatics Center on the Olympic Green. The event aims to be... Read more » Read more »

Overeager Penis Surgeon Misdiagnoses Cancer, Performs Unnecessary Genital Excision

Hand and scalpel
A 67-year-old man surnamed He who went in for a doctor’s visit earlier this year got a bit more than he asked for, according to an article published on Saturday on People’s Daily via China Business News. On February 8, He went to a hospital in Shangluo, Shanxi province complaining of swelling and discomfort around his... Read more » Read more »