This paragraph is simply THE WORST. It comes from Global Times, of course, in a story headlined, “Foreign-run VPNs illegal in China: govt” (emphasis mine): Residents in China have found logging into their Facebook and Twitter accounts increasingly difficult in recent days, after several popular VPN (virtual private network) companies have alleged that China’s Great Firewall (GFW)... Read more »
Despite censorship, the Chinese Internet is still capable of producing gem. On Sina Weibo, an Anhui-based user, @每周评论 wrote a short-lived post that identified the “10 Most Horrid People of 2012.” Hong Kong-based China Media Project tells us the post was deleted “sometime before 12:05 p.m. yesterday,” but not before they were to extract and translate... Read more »
We’re not sure how long this poll is going to be up on Global Times’s English website’s main page — it’s not on the Chinese site – but go vote while you can. I actually am curious to see the final results. Only question: What is “Other”? Maybe something like, “Classless, but in a societal vacuum,... Read more »
The latest Global Times column penned by an expat under a Chinese pseudonym is all about how to find a mate in the ‘Jing. (Ed’s note: Credit where it’s due if it’s actually a young Chinese writer, per comment; Yin Lu, you have our apologies.) It features lines such as, “If you see a beautiful... Read more »
Want to be like the fellas above? The Global Times has launched a "Tongue Twister Contest for Foreigners," co-organized by Commercial Press and Chinese Universe. Those of foreign nationality are asked to submit videos of yourself saying Chinese tongue-twisters, which will then be judged from December 1 to 20. The top 20 will be selected for a "final vote," where "language experts" weigh in. The deadline to submit is November 30.
We love ourselves a good zinger. Via China Digital Times’s “NetEase News Calls Out Global Times,” we’re introduced to the image of the fleabane, which CDT explains is “known as qiangtoucao (墙头草) or ‘wall-top grass’ in Chinese. Qiangtoucao also means ‘fence-sitter,’ someone who bends to the prevailing political or social winds to stay rooted.” Who could that possibly be applied... Read more »
As plain as rain, our columnist TAR Nation kind of dislikes Hu Xijin, the editor-in-chief of Global Times. But let us sing the human qualities of Hu Xijin, for one minute. Let us acknowledge Hu Xijin’s errors, while also acknowledging that to err is to be a child of God, which he is, and commensurately... Read more »
By Beijing Cream Let’s talk about journalism and the Olympics. No, not the complete indifference given to China’s 96 Paralympics gold medals, but a more familiar problem: plagiarism. A former senior journalist at the Global Times is probably still wondering what the hell hit her, after being caught lifting material and inventing quotes – including a... Read more »
Jemimah Steinfeld, writing in Global Times, seems to think so. Let’s jump straight to her conclusion: “The Netherlands were quickly knocked out of Euro 2012. They weren’t the only losers. So long as women continue to strip to catch the attention of football players, we all are.” What about people who enjoy masturbating to pictures of... Read more »
Everyone enjoys an old-fashioned physical endurance challenge for the sake of a material prize… right? Not like this though, BMW. Not like this. There are two parts about this story, from Chengdu Business Daily via Global Times, that get me: Song Changjiang, 27, finally won the right to use a BMW car valued at 278,000 yuan... Read more »
Global Times has followed up on the Xuanwumen incident from Tuesday evening and tracked down several witnesses, many of whom said police instructed them to not speak to media. GT was able to get one key witness on the record though: The first Chinese man in the film seen intervening is a 24-year-old man, surnamed Wu, a... Read more »
Journos out there, know this: it’s the Global Times’s world, we just live in it. Here’s the lead (lede) from a Sunday article by Sima Pingbang: Poker players all know that in most trick-taking games, the face cards are normally the best. However, the “2″, generally the lowest in rank, can become a special trump... Read more »
There are many things I love about China. But the thing I really, really hate is that they occasionally make me stand up for things I can’t stand. Like the French.
Normally, I would just make fun of the French and their chocolate-bread-eating ways, but in the face of such madness from the Global Times, just call me TAR de’Gaulle.