Word of the Week: “Taliban in Spirit”

This week, many Chinese netizens, like the rest of the world, have been fixating on a crisis-stricken Afghanistan. The Chinese government has reiterated that it would not “interfere with Afghanistan’s internal affairs,” and that...

Minitrue: Cool Down Videos of Martial Arts “Master”

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source. In accordance with unified...

Underdogs Find Success in ‘Diaosi’ Identity

Originally an insult, the term diaosi (屌丝) has been appropriated by legions of tech-savvy Chinese youth to describe their experience living in a rapidly changing and often unjust society. After explaining the term’s...

Microblog, WikiLeaks Top 2010 Internet Terms in China

AFP reports on the top Internet terms in China for 2010: Web users searched the definition of the term “microblog” more than three million times on this year, while they sought out the meaning of...

On Chinese Television, What’s Cool Is No Longer Correct – Edward Cody

From the Washington Post: At first glance, the new rules handed down by China’s broadcasting authority seemed natural enough in a country where the Communist Party feels duty-bound to set the tone for everything, even pop music. Masters of ceremony on state television’s seemingly endless roster of variety shows, the regulations said, should avoid vulgarity, […]

Shanghai bans Chinese internet slang terms – AP

From AP, via So long, “MM,” “PK,” and “konglong.” The language police in Shanghai, China’s largest city, plan to ban those and other Chinese Internet slang terms from classrooms, official documents, and publications produced in the city, newspapers reported Friday. “On the Web, Internet slang is convenient and satisfying, but the mainstream media have […]

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