It's that time of the year, when plainclothes policemen outnumber ISB students in Sanlitun. This from the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China via China watchers on Twitter:
People's Daily, the gift that keeps on giving, did a most glorious thing at 1:39 am today by "publicly condemn[ing]" a parody Twitter account, The Relevant Organs. "We have noticed that a Twitter account has been misleading people by stealing People's Daily 's web address and National emblem of China to make false impression that the account is related to China officials or People's Daily," reads PD's tweeted statement.
It's adorable. We really want to know though: why did @XHNews tweet the following at @TheOnion?
Hairong Ma is a Chinese artist based in Baotou, Inner Mongolia. You can check out his work here -- they include paintings with lots of bright, bright colors, such as the above. But we haven't spent much time with his pieces and can't tell you much more about them (they're really bright). What we do want to talk about, however, is his Twitter account.
Trial of the century! Please be properly excited.
If you're a China correspondent, you're likely in Jinan, Shandong province right now, where disgraced former Chongqing Party Chief Bo Xilai, 64, will stand open trial for corruption tomorrow at the Jinan Intermediate People's Court. Let's have a peek at all the fun.
That was quite the collective experience, Beijing.
An hour ago, a dam in the sky broke. Rain turned into pellets of ice, the sound of its steady assault only interrupted by thunderclap that set off car alarms. One imagines Qu Yuan sitting somewhere with his feet propped up, enjoying the show.
As quickly as the storm came, it departed -- but not before the sun shone out of a hole while the clouds were wrung dry. Now it is quiet, the singing of birds and rustling leaves beginning to fade amid the resumption of human activity, vehicles, construction.
You've heard by now, but Ai Weiwei did something yesterday. And while most reactions to Dumbass, his foul-mouthed song about his 81 days in prison, were predictably enthusiastic, there's a segment of commentators who believe Ai Weiwei is overexposed, and have reacted with what amounts to a protracted and very loud sigh.
Marc van der Chijs, a successful businessman and entrepreneur who co-founded Tudou, is leaving China, and he thought you should know about it. Because he’s leaving China. Or have you not heard? No? Huh, that’s weird. Anyway, he’s leaving, and CNN Money published his farewell letter, so now you know. Basically, Marc van der Chijs is... Read more »
Sarah Peel wins the day. The self-described “cocktail lover, single mom, singer, casual yogini, opinionated Asia watcher, and a master of the preschool dark arts” has just completed tweeting a 27-part homage to Spring Festival. Like Dickens, it’s meant to be read in serial, but if you missed it, here it is all in one place:
If you write about China, are slightly Asian, live here, or have generally anything to do with this country, there’s a decent chance you know Mesi Chinese, a.k.a. @chinesetutorbei. That’s because she — it — has been on a one-person rampage to find out whether you — yes, you – want to have a Chinese language partner... Read more »
I’m not going to call this racist because it’s the holidays and we’re all having fun, but some of these tweets are pretty borderline. Also, Angry Asian Man can do it for us:
Twenty minutes past time, and no sign of Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, et al. But don’t freak out: join in on the fun. Twitter is at #WhyXiJinpingIsLate, and it’s lively. Featuring… Andrea Yu Mikhail Gorbachev The ghost of Mao Zedong The ghost of Jiang Zemin — even though he isn’t dead George W. Bush Clint Eastwood... Read more »
Picture via Tom Lasseter China’s war of attrition with journalists continues. Hu Jintao is determined to filibuster life itself. If you’re seeing the light, stop walking toward it. Get on Twitter, hashtag #18PC. https://twitter.com/chinadailyshow/status/266318867171799040 We’ll update periodically here as well.
Image via Digital Trends Four more years for the big guy in charge. If you’re interested in how China reacted to Barack Obama’s win yesterday, we’ll offer this post by Tea Leaf Nation, which translates several reactions from Sina Weibo, which is China’s Twitter. But plenty of China watchers were tweeting on actual Twitter, too.... Read more »
The blitz is on. Eighteen hours after Mo Yan’s historic win of the Nobel Prize in Literature, a shedload of articles have appeared analyzing, praising, criticizing, and explaining what it all means to China, the Nobel Committee, literature, politics, activism, free speech, publishing, Ai Weiwei, and the world. If you’re looking for a straight write-up,... Read more »
“A fair few were drunks, philanderers and frauds and more than one was a spy,” writes Paul French in Through the Looking Glass, a book about China’s foreign correspondents from the Opium Wars to Mao. “They changed sides, they lost their impartiality, they displayed bias and a few were downright scoundrels and lairs of the... Read more »
Presumptive Chinese president Xi Jinping has gone missing. He cancelled high-level meetings with Hillary Clinton and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong last week, and HOLY CRAP FREAK OFF PANTS OFF. Normally rational media organizations such as the Associated bleepin’ Press have published sentences such as, “More dramatically, the U.S.-based website Boxun.com cited an unidentified source inside Zhongnanhai as saying... Read more »