Chinese Weekly Falls For Another Spoof, This One Claiming Kim Jong-un’s Missile Launch Was Delayed By Windows Glitch

21st Century Business Herald falls for missile launch spoof
The lovably gullible editors at 21st Century Business Herald must really hate the genre of satire now. Just last month, this Guangzhou-based business weekly, one of the largest in the country, fell for a spoof on the website The Daily Currant claiming that Paul Krugman had gone backrupt. Very recently, they bit the bait again, this time dangled by The Borowitz Report. Read more »

The Daily Show Does China Segment After Jon Stewart Realizes 3 Million Chinese Watched Him Skewer Kim Jong-un

The Daily Show about China and Kim Jong-un
If you’re looking for analysis on why China loved Jon Stewart’s digs at Kim Jong-un (above), head over to the Washington Post, where Max Fisher writes: When the popular Chinese Web portal Sina posted an eight-minute segment from the show discussing the latest North Korean provocations, it racked up an astounding 2.8 million views and counting, as... Read more » Read more »

What The Fuck? Oh, It’s Just Dogs In Pantyhose

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Forgive us for being a week late to this, and we really don’t have anything to add to Kotaku’s story – “Hong Kong news site Sharp Daily (via IT Media) is reporting that on Chinese social networking site Weibo, many users are uploading gag photos of their dogs wearing panty hose, joking how ‘sexy’ the mutts look,” writes Brian... Read more » Read more »

If The Chinese Made Sleepless In Seattle: “Finding Mr. Right,” Reviewed

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I’m imagining myself walking a fictional waterside street in my hometown of Seattle, Washington. I pass a pregnant Chinese woman, a plethora of designer handbags laid before her on a table. “Sale! Sale!” the woman is shouting. What do I think of this woman? What assumptions do I make about her life in China and her journey to America? What do I think of her after learning she is in the country to give birth to her baby at an illegal birthing center for wealthy Chinese who want their children to be American citizens? Read more »

Guan Tianlang, Star In The Making After Shooting 1-Over In Masters Debut: “People Were Very Nice To Me”

Guan Tianlang at Masters opening round
Guan Tianlang is precocious. He is a star. We're not sure if he knows this and is simply playing the role of establishmentarian golf prodigy to a tee -- with understated self-assessments washed with humility, a genial confidence -- or is just being himself, but judging by his post-round quotes, he doesn't feel at all uncomfortable in the spotlight as the biggest story story in this year's biggest golf tournament. Sergio, who? Marc Leishman, who? Tiger, who? Read more »

Chinagog: The Importance Of Graded Speech

Chinagog 3 - The Importance of Graded Speech
It’s been a stressful day for you, the stared-at, harried, overworked (up to 30 hours this week, for chrissake!), hungover foreigner. Your Chinese is just good enough for you to order an 二号套餐 at McDonald’s, but the girl at the counter just stares at you blankly when you order 谁比. You repeat: 雪笔. 水碧. Nothing... Read more » Read more »

Django Unchained Will Not Be Showing In China After All [UPDATE]

Django Unchained censored by SARFT
Django Unchained has officially been pulled out of every mainland Chinese theater. We first reported earlier today that authorities abruptly shut down the movie’s Beijing premiere, but at least those in attendance at the Sanlitun cineplex got to see one minute of Quentin Tarantino’s revenge flick. Elsewhere in China, the movie never made it to... Read more » Read more »

Bird Flu? Take Some Ban Lan Gen And You’ll Be, Ahem, Just Fine

Ban lan gen
It really is amazing what people believe: A few years ago, everyone started eating eggplant after a quack TCM doctor said it was the new panacea; after the Fukushima meltdown, iodized salt was sold out as people rushed to prevent radiation poisoning, never realizing that iodized salt contains such miniscule amounts of iodine that you would first die before getting enough into your system; and now, after several provincial health authorities recommended it to prevent H7N9 infections, people are rushing to buy the traditional Chinese medical remedy for colds and flus, ban lan gen (板蓝根, sometimes rendered as banlan'gen). Read more »

Beijing Premiere Of Django Unchained Reportedly Halted One Minute After It Begins, Censors To Blame [UPDATE]

Django Unchanged gets SARFTed
According to Sina Weibo user @血一刀, the premiere of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained at the Sanlitun cineplex in Beijing was interrupted just one minute after it began: Staff members came in and said SARFT called and told them to postpone!! Who can tell me what the fuck is going on? @血一刀’s post, from 10:34 am today,... Read more » Read more »

TV Host Du Haitao Of The Popular “Happy Camp” Physically Confronts A Fan

Du Haitao of Hunan TV's Happy Camp attacked featured image
Anybody watch Happy Camp (快乐大本营), Hunan TV's flagship variety show? Turn on the TV because it’s probably airing right now. The show inexplicably has five hosts. There's He Jiong, unarguably the Ryan Seacrest of the show, then the charming Xie Na, and then three others who stand nearby and occasionally say and/or hold something. Every once in awhile, just to remind us he's still there, host Du Haitao steps into the frame and cracks a one-liner. Read more »

All Eyes Are On Guan Tianlang, The Masters’ Youngest Player Ever And China’s Great Golfing Hope

Guan Tianlang at the Masters
Any reference to Chinese golf sensation Guan Tianlang inevitably mentions his age, and rightly so: the kid is just 14 and, in 14 and a half hours (12:24 am local time), will become the youngest ever to play in the Masters by a full two years. But in a reworking of an old sports cliché, age is temporary, class is permanent. Read more »

The Compendious List Of People Guan Tianlang Has Golfed With Includes Phil Mickelson, Condoleeza Rice

Guan Tianlang's Twitter
Chinese golf prodigy Guan Tianlang, 14, is set to become the youngest player ever to play at the Masters — he tees off on Thursday at 12:24 pm Georgia time. But the youngster has already been busy on the links at Augusta, it appears. Behold, his Twitter account, @Guan_Tianlang (we can safely call it “under the radar,” with only... Read more » Read more »

9 dead from H7N9 as Shanghai officials consider permanent ban on live poultry [UPDATE: at least 10 detained for spreading rumors]

Red feather H7N9 bird flu
I’ve seen way more live chickens on the streets of Shanghai than Beijing, but soon, we might not see any at all. That’s because authorities are considering a permanent ban on live poultry sales in Shanghai, according to the latest. SCMP brings us this: The director of Shanghai’s agriculture commission, Sun Lei , said it... Read more » Read more »