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, 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 »

Chengdu Police Bring Down Knife-Wielding Child Kidnapper

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In Chengdu yesterday, a man with a knife reportedly kidnapped a child in Jinniu District. Cops quickly arrived on the scene -- specifically, Weng Hailin and Lu Mingjian -- setting up a dramatic confrontation, part of which you can watch above. According to the Jinniu Public Security Bureau, Weng was stabbed in the left arm, severing artery. The knife-wielder was eventually subdued with the help of surrounding residents. Read more »

The Daily Show On Nanjing’s “Mystery Goo”

The Daily Show on the Nanjing ooze
"Things may be bad, but at least our streets don't burp mystery goo," says Jon Stewart, referring to the ooze that randomly appeared one day out of a street crack in Nanjing. We asked you to come up with guesses for what it can be. "Bird shit and Bisquick," Stewart says. "Corn starch and Foxocnn worker tears." The audience was slightly aghast at that last suggestion. Read more »