Wu Yong, who lost his only son in the Ya’an Earthquake, initially comes across as calm and collected as he recalls the story of how he discovered his child buried, while sleeping, under rubble. When his stoic front finally crumbles and he sobs into his hand, what we have is a human face, an individual,... Read more »Read more »
"No pandas affected in Sichaun quake," reads this China Daily headline. Try telling that to the panda in the above video, filmed at the Bifeng Gorge Base of China Panda Protection and Research Center. We've never seen a panda move that fast, except maybe down slides. Read more »
Via Go Chengdoo A 6.6/7.0-magnitude earthquake (according to the US Geological Survey/China Earthquake Networks Center) affecting 69 counties and 1.5 million people struck Sichuan province at 8:02 am on Saturday. People are calling it the Ya’an Earthquake, after the city where the the epicenter is located, 140 kilometers from the capital Chengdu. The current death... Read more »Read more »
Donnie, if you couldn't tell, is from Boston, and in the wake of this past week's events, he's got a few things to say about his hometown... while wearing a Larry Legend jersey... taking down LeBron James posters from Dunkin Donuts... showering with a duck. It's heartfelt. Read more »
Formed out of East LA in 2010, Alpine Decline vanished from the US music scene nearly as quickly as they materialized, only to surface in East Beijing. These guys are playing tomorrow at XP alongside Streets Kill Strange Animals and The Last Three Minutes as part of Genjing Records's film and music night to celebrate Record Store Day. 8-10 pm, 40 rmb for the show. Read more »
A politician, his wife, and a tennis star join the likes of Jay-Z, Bryan Cranston and Kim Jong-un as the only Chinese citizens on Time’s annual list of 100 most influential people in the world. (Ahem, “world.”) You probably can guess, but the three are Xi Jinping, Peng Liyuan, and Li Na. Here are snippets... Read more »Read more »
You know you have an environmental problem when… A) You have to import 5 million tons of freshwater B) Your source of tap water is “dark as soy sauce” Both of the above for Luohe, Henan province. Via Global Times: Read more »
We’ll never know whence or whither Xi Jinping took a taxi on the evening of March 1, 2013, or any of these lengthening twilit evenings of summer-cometh, because who cares? It turns out, everyone. As Offbeat China relays, “旁观者马勇, professor at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, pointed out: ‘The news is fake, and it’s... Read more »Read more »
I host a happy hour event for my school once a month, and it’s hands-down the best part of my job. I get paid to drink, pass out free beer to students and facilitate discussion for a few hours*. Sometimes I drink a bit too much and start speaking Chinese — none of the people... Read more »Read more »
Chris Tang caught our attention in February 2012, when it looked like he might be the best Chinese high school basketball player on the planet. He has the size (6-foot-3 last we checked, though he's likely still growing), the athletic ability, and the shooting touch. He's also enrolled at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, a veritable factory for basketball players at elite college programs across the country. Read more »
This could well be a headline from the Onion, but it’s from Time: Tibetans Turn to Alternative Protest as Self-Immolations Prove Futile What other forms of protest, one asks? The story begins anecdotally with Norbu Jorden, a young man who tried to kill himself with fire but failed. Now Jorden is expressing his dissent differently. On a... Read more »Read more »
The tireless, talented and slightly subversive Feng Xiaogang accepted the China Film Directors Guild's director of the year award on April 12, and he had some pointed things to say in his acceptance speech.
Pointed things that you will not hear, because they were censored.
Pointed as in the word "censorship." Read more »
There’s a mighty “might” in this, but China Daily is reporting that one person infected with bird flu might have caught the disease from a human host. An investigation by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention is underway: The family involves two brothers and their 87-year-old father, who died on March 4 and was reportedly... Read more »Read more »
The “falling for satire” bit is our little extrapolation, but what other funny way to explain this? Via SCMP: “All kinds of media work units may not use any unauthorised news products provided by foreign media or foreign websites,” according to a notice issued by the General Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television. This came... Read more »Read more »
Tuesday morning in Guangzhou's Huangpu District, a man believed to be mentally unstable ran around trying to chop random people with a knife. He reportedly injured two, a 45-year-old male pedestrian and the female owner of a secondhand shop, before encountering police on Dianchang Road.
The man began chasing the cops, remaining ever crazy. After repeated warnings fell on deaf ears, officers pulled out firearms and, still retreating, fired several shots. Read more »