Perhaps, finally, an understanding that setting oneself on fire solves nothing

The East is Read
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 »

Feng Xiaogang, “China’s Spielberg,” Calls Out Censors In Awards Speech, Is Censored

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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 »

First case of human-to-human transmission of H7N9 bird flu?

Red feather H7N9 bird flu
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 »

Chinese Government Is Really Sick Of Its Publications Falling For Satire, Bans Quoting From Foreign Media

No reblogging
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 »

Knife-Wielding Man In Guangzhou Gunned Down By Police

Guangzhou man gunned down by police featured image
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 »

16 Dead Of H7N9 In China As Authorities Realize You Can Get Disease Without Exposure To Poultry

Red feather H7N9 bird flu
China has confirmed 14 new cases of H7N9 bird flu, bringing the total to 77, according to Xinhua, with 16 reported deaths. The virus keeps getting more evolved, too. (Or something?) Beijing’s second case of H7N9 was a carrier who displayed no symptoms: this boy of four years old. The latest, via Reuters, is equally... Read more » Read more »

Here’s The Final Sina Weibo Post By Lu Lingzi, The Third Victim In The Boston Marathon Bombing

Lu Lingzi final Sina Weibo post - my wonderful breakfast
In a Sina Weibo post dated April 15, 9 am Eastern Time, Lu Lingzi, a graduate student at Boston University, published a photo of Chinese fried bread under a simple line of English: my wonderful breakfast! It would be her final post. Less than six hours later, she would be near the finish line of... Read more » Read more »

3-Year-Old British Boy Killed By Falling Screen In Shanghai Restaurant [UPDATE]

Restaurant in Shanghai where 3-year-old British boy killed by falling screen
Police are investigating how a three-year-old boy could have been killed by a falling screen in a restaurant in Shanghai’s downtown Huangpu District on Monday. According to Shanghai Daily, “Witnesses said the boy may have accidentally touched the screen before it fell on him. Screens are sometimes used by restaurants to divide dining areas.” The boy... Read more » Read more »

Man Falls From 5th Floor Of Burning Building In Beijing As Onlookers Watch In Horror (Video)

Beijing man hangs off building on fire, falls 3
A residential building fire on Monday near Yuegezhuang Bridge in Beijing forced one particularly desperate man scurrying out of his fifth-floor window and onto a very thin ledge, where he held on for several white-knuckle minutes. Then, at the 5:07 mark of the above video, he falls — simply falls. People gasp, then scream. Throughout all this, a woman behind the camera can clearly be heard asking, “What’s to be done?” Read more »

Shocking Hit-And-Run In Northeast China As Cop Car Speeds Away From Scene

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Policemen aren't supposed to flee from crime scenes. On March 31 in Liaoning province, a cop, driving on the wrong side of the road, plowed into a pedestrian on Fuxin Mongolian Autonomous County Ring Road, as seen above on just-released footage from a dashboard camera. The police vehicle accelerated, sirens on, away from the accident. Read more »

BBC Actually Aired This? John Sweeney’s Unethical, Horrible North Korea Hack Job

John Sweeney on his North Korea trip
Just about anyone not holding a select diplomatic or South Korean passport can travel to North Korea. All it takes is money, which you give to a tour agency. They’ll even take you to the countryside if that’s what you’re after. It’s only the hucksters who try to dress up their North Korean trip as... Read more » Read more »

Chinese Grad Student From Shenyang Is Third Boston Marathon Bombing Victim [UPDATE]

Boston Marathon bombing aftermath
Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell, and an as-yet unidentified Chinese national, whose family has requested anonymity, according to Xinhua, are the three killed at the Boston Marathon. Reports are that the third victim was a graduate student at Boston University, came from Shenyang, Liaoning province, and was a graduate of Beijing Institute of Technology. The deceased was... Read more » Read more »

Old Men In Beijing Park Give The Wackiest Interpretative Gangnam Dance We’ve Ever Seen

Weird Gangnam Style in Beijing park
We've seen our share of Gangnam Style dances and remixes, from the good to the bad to the political to the Ai Weiwei, but nothing quite as weird as this. Our friends over at That's Beijing tweeted the above video, titled "Beijing Dancer (Mr. Fabulous)." It was uploaded to YouTube on Sunday by Michaeljava, who writes: Read more »

Here’s North Korean Children Swearing Their Lives To Kim Jong-un

North Korean children swearing their lives for Kim Jong-un
Indoctrination sucks, and if you needed proof, watch this clip from North Korean TV showing a reported 18,423 children at a medal ceremony in Pyongyang paying obeisance to their country and Kim Jong-un. According to the Youku video description, the highest honors are reserved for those standing in the front rows: they're the ones who have volunteered to become suicide bombers in case of a war with the US. Read more »

238 Pigs And 89 Dogs “Suddenly Dead” In Chinese Village [UPDATE]

Dead pigs in Luoyang, Henan province
This is alarming. According to, 238 dead pigs and 89 dead dogs were found in Dongtun village in Luoyang, Henan province yesterday. By all accounts, they died suddenly and at the same time. Initial tests have ruled out the H7N9 virus as a cause. Thank goodness for that and all, to know the zombie apocalypse... Read more » Read more »