Censors Continue Clampdown on Criticism of Zero-COVID Policy

In his landmark political report before the 20th Party Congress, Xi Jinping hailed China’s “tenacious pursuit” of its dynamic zero-COVID policy, an indication the policy is here to stay, despite consistent domestic criticism. At...

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,...

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...

Translation: Socialist Core Value Humor

CDT has translated a selection of Chinese political jokes that have been making the rounds on social media. These jokes all poke fun at China’s so-called core socialist values, a set of 12 words used by the CCP to promote...

China Braces For End Of World

With the apocalypse now less than ten days away, China has been joining in the global festival of panic, resignation and denial at the imminent extinction of humanity. At China Real Time Report, Chao Deng described some Chinese...

Netizens Provide Comic Relief in a Political Earthquake

The sacking of former Chongqing Party Secretary Bo Xilai has sent shockwaves through Chinese political circles. It has also dominated online conversations and quickly become the top trending topic on Sina Weibo, though posts are...

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...

Humor: Facebook & the “Four Ancient Civilizations”

Facebook’s pending IPO is a hot topic in Chinese cyberspace, even though (or maybe because) Facebook is blocked inside the country. The following conversations and comments are translated from Sina Weibo: – A female...

Two Jokes About Current Events

Two jokes are currently circulating in Chinese cyberspace which take on current events: The first one refers to recent tensions over the East China Sea. [Diaoyu Islands belong to which country?] Answer: Bring a laptop computer...

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...



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