One of my pet peeves is people, Asian or otherwise, pretending to be offended when someone intentionally or unintentionally uses the word chink in a totally non-racial context. (People who are actually offended are only slightly better.) Example: Jeremy Lin, ESPN headline: “Chink in the armor.” We get it: Lin’s Asian, chink isn’t the best choice... Read more »
Sometimes it’s best not to try to figure out Xinhua. Here’s their latest face-palm effort, “Super movie villains of all time.” Unedited and in the order that they appear, here are the captions on each of the 10 pictures under this heading: 1. The Joker 2. Heath Ledger 3. Doctor Octopus 4. The Lizard 5.... Read more »
They’re not even trying anymore. Xinhua published a slideshow today of the “Top ten happiest cities in China,” according to a CCTV survey, and the list goes: 1. Lhasa, Tibet 2. Taiyuan, Shanxi 3. Hefei, Anhui 4. Tianjin 5. Changsha, Hunan 6. Hohhot, Inner Mongolia 7. Shijiazhuang, Hebei 8. Jinan, Shandong 9. Yinchuan, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region 10.... Read more »
ANIMAL, it says. That’s the best part. Hello — yes, this is ANIMAL. This picture is part of a collection via Xinhua called “Beauty pageant of dogs.” (There’s something Xinhua isn’t telling us, I’m sure.) Animal has absolutely no fashion sense, but what about this one here…
We’re not sure what this “2nd China International Sandy-Beach & Swimsuit Culture Exposition” is, nor have we heard of Huludao, Liaoning province, which is hosting this expo that began yesterday and lasts until Sunday. We only know what’s in the photos, and that Xinhua put them on its website, because of course it would.
From the 9th annual Guangzhou sex festival, November 12, 2011, via Yahoo China. I know, I know, reading what Xinhua has to say about sex must be like reading the part in your mother’s 4th-grade book report on Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret where the protagonist buys her first bra and sanitary napkin.... Read more »
Xinhua‘s efforts to be your uncle’s uncle’s version of Buzzfeed continue. Are media outlets still identifying Xinhua as “the official press agency of the People’s Republic of China”? Yes? OK, just making sure. Here are a set of pictures published on the official press agency of the People’s Republic of China’s website yesterday. Samples:
Our favorite government mouthpiece has flubbed again with the headline on its latest story (four-plus hours after its posting, it has yet to be changed). Ostensibly about a new round of rainstorms scheduled to hit this afternoon, Xinhua inadvertently draws our attention to the waves of negative reaction to the municipal government’s disaster response, a sampling... Read more »
Xinhua’s English-language website launched something called “English Forum” yesterday, whereby registered netizens are “welcome to share your opinions about news from China and abroad, post new topics that you are interested in, and participate in all kinds of votings at the forum.” Hopefully no one has any illusions that this will be anything other than... Read more »
Remember, folks: to err is human. And when you do err on official Chinese state media, like Xinhua editor Mo Hong’e, rest assured that BJC will be there to amplify the error and make fun of you. Here’s Xinhua piece on “tilt-shit photos.” I’m a little confused by the caption though: “Photo: xinhuanet.com.” What does that... Read more »
Last Friday, the State Council Information Office of the People's Republic of China published a report called The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2011. It was in response to the US State Department's Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2011, which featured information on about 200 countries, China included.
China's report, published on Xinhua, et al., was about 8,000 words. We read it so you don't have to -- and brought in TAR Nation to explain what it all means.
Let’s play a guessing game. What kind of website would host a series of pictures such as the above? Cracked.com? (Too classy, probably.) Bro Bible? Frat House Sports? Slingshot? Surely one of those sites with features like “The 50 Bustiest Girls on Facebook” and pop-up video ads. One of those sites in which a new... Read more »
It’s been about 15 hours since Xinhua released news of Bo Xilai’s ouster from his Party posts — released at just the time when no domestic media would be able to turn it around until the next morning, we should note (luckily, BJC keeps late hours). We’ve given the original Xinhua release another look, and... Read more »