political satire

WeChat “Bug” Turns Out To Be Obscure Insult for Xi Jinping

A group of students under the impression they had discovered a WeChat “bug” that hides the phrase “200 jin of dumplings” (roughly 220 pounds) had in fact stumbled upon an obscure insult for Xi Jinping that triggers automatic...

Why China Loves ‘The Daily Show’

After another escalation of provocative rhetoric from North Korea, Jon Stewart mocked North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and the country’s clear use of photoshop in propaganda on the April 2 episode of The Daily Show. The...

Cartoons: Article 73 in an Iron House

As the National People’s Congress prepares to vote on revisions to the Criminal Procedure Law, cartoonists in China are airing their feelings on the proposals. Most criticisms focus on Article 73, which enshrines the right...

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...

Chinese Faked Photograph Leaves Officials on Street of Shame

Local officials in Huili, Sichuan have been the target of mockery and satire after a clearly-doctored photo of their inspection of a highway was posted on the government website. From the Guardian: The saga began on Monday when...

Banned Video: Dragon’s Take on the Two Sessions (Translated)

Dragon’s Laugh (龙颜大悦) is an online volunteer production group that puts together weekly mash-up videos to distribute online. In operation since June 2010, the group of over 300 volunteers has put together 39 videos. These videos...

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...

Internet Joke: “You’re Asking Me?”

During a recent police crackdown on prostitution, several nightclubs were closed in Beijing. The following joke, which is circulating online and by text message, imagines the interrogation session between an escort working at...

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