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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...

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 Seattlepi.com: 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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