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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...

Comic Strip: Birth of a Fifty Cent Party Member

Netizens first coined the term “Fifty Cent Party” to refer to undercover Internet commentators who were paid by the government to sway public opinion (“fifty cents” is a reference to the alleged pay...

Tang Poem Mockery: Grass-Mud Horse Running on the Ma Le Desert

The following painting and “poem” are posted on many blogs and other social media sites*, such as here, here and here. 阳春三月欲赏花 还须翻墙到邻家 闲来把酒煮河蟹 马勒戈壁草泥马 I want to enjoy the flowers in the beautiful March Must climb...

Chinese See Funny Side of Financial Crisis

With all the dire financial news in the media these days, Reuters takes a more light-hearted approach by reporting the jokes that are circulating among cell phone users and netizens: Many of the jokes have been circulating...

Humor: School Teachers’ Views of the Internet

The following BBS post makes fun of what school teachers say about the Internet. From juetuzhi.cn, translated by CDT: Politics teacher: It objectively reflects the Chinese people’s improved standards of living. Chinese...

“2009 CCTV Spring Festival Gala Line-up” Leaked

Micah Sittig translated a post on Zhangjiang BBS, purporting to be a leaked copy of the “2009 CCTV Spring Festival Gala Line-up”(the server is no longer available anymore). Here selects some funny excerpts from the...

Chinese Bloggers Mock Mandelson Amid Milk Crisis

Chinese bloggers are now making fun of Peter Mandelson, the British Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise, and Regulatory Reform, by making comparisons between two recent pieces of news. Oct. 6 from the Telegraph, The new...

Humorous Spirit of the Sichuan People

Sichuan people are known to have a keen sense of humor and to know how to enjoy life. They even crack jokes about their earthquake experiences. Following are selective translations of some of their jokes, collected by SMS and...

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