humor

Netizens Decry The Display Of Their IP Addresses

Several of China’s largest social media companies including Weibo, Douyin, Toutiao, Zhihu, Kuaishou, and Xiaohongshu have announced that they will display users’ IP addresses. The measure, which will affect the majority of...

In Shanghai, The Jokes Are No Longer Funny

An essay tracing the evolution of Shanghai lockdown memes from giddy jests about Shanghai culture to gallows humor and gloomy meditations on the state of society was censored last week after going viral on Weibo. The essay,...

From CDT Chinese: Top Ten Memes of 2021

Editor’s Note: As we enter 2022, CDT has compiled a special series of features for our readers, offering a look back at the people, events, controversies, memes and sensitive words that defined the past year. Some of this...

Chinese Joke About Lawyers Turns Out To Be All Too True

There’s a Chinese joke about lawyers that goes like this:  “You know you broke the law, right?” “Which law?” “Why, teaching the law is illegal!” [Editor’s note: It reads better in the original Chinese] The joke became reality...

Bitter Jokes about Censorship

Yuzhe Ziyu, a netizen living in Chongqing, posted a call for tales of censorship on his Google+ profile on February 3. Below are the responses he received. Read the original here. Translated by Deng Bolun. Yuzhe Ziyu: Tell...

A Village With Only One Restaurant

Danwei’s Jeremy Goldkorn translates a joke currently being passed around on Sina Weibo and beyond: There is a village that only has one restaurant. Everyone in the village has to eat at that restaurant. Villager: Why...

Chinese Use Internet to Show their Political Dissent

USA Today reports on online political humor in China as an outlet for dissatisfaction with the status quo: Coded language is common in Chinese cyberspace, not just to reduce the risk of official retribution, but also to show off...

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