China Trends

China Trends

Every Tuesday and Thursday, China Trends takes the pulse of the Chinese social media to keep you in the loop of what the world’s biggest internet population is talking about.

China Trends: Teenager jumps to death after being slapped, and demand for data protection
Every Tuesday and Thursday, China Trends takes the pulse of the Chinese social media to keep you in the loop of what the world’s biggest internet population is talking about. A teenager took his life after being slapped by his mother The tragic suicide of a 14-year-old boy who jumped off a school building after being slapped by his mother has rekindled debate about corporal punishment on children. In a surveillance video circulating on the Chinese internet, the student’s mother is seen slapping him twice and hitting him in the school’s hallway with a few other students around.  The boy’s teacher had called his parents in for a meeting after he was caught playing cards with two classmates at
China Trends: lawyer accused of rape to be deported, and students protest campus lockdowns
Every Tuesday and Thursday, China Trends takes the pulse of the Chinese social media to keep you in the loop of what the world’s biggest internet population is talking about. American citizen accused of rape to be deported A Chinese-American lawyer will be deported from China after rape accusations against him prompted public outrage. In one of the most talked-about sexual assault cases this year, a Chinese woman told reporters in May that lawyer Bao Yuming, who was her “fostered father,” started to sexually assault her when she was 14 years old.  Her allegations led to a wave of condemnations of Bao and calls to raise the age of consent in China.   In an investigation report released on Thu
China Trends: China’s first lesbian custody case, and a parapolice officer detained
Every Tuesday and Thursday, China Trends takes the pulse of the Chinese social media to keep you in the loop of what the world’s biggest internet population is talking about. Same-sex family in China A lesbian couple’s child custody case set a legal precedent in China and ignited a robust discussion about the rights of same-sex partners.  Using in vitro fertilization (IVF) and donor sperm, a woman in the southern city of Xiamen gave birth to a child, with her partner providing the egg. In February, three months after the woman gave birth, she left her partner, taking the daughter with her and preventing her partner from seeing the girl. The woman who provided the egg sued the birth mother, i
China Trends: food delivery app under scrutiny, and a plan to save marriages
Every Tuesday and Thursday, China Trends takes the pulse of the Chinese social media to keep you in the loop of what the world’s biggest internet population is talking about. Extra time for food delivery workers A recent news report in China about the harsh working condition of food deliverers has prompted a delivery company to let users grant couriers more time to deliver their meals. A report this week by Chinese magazine Renwu highlighted how food delivery workers are often pressured to violate traffic rules and take multiple orders at a time in order to meet the time limits set by delivery apps. The report sparked renewed criticism of food delivery companies for profiting off a cut-throa
China Trends: Chip maker accused of ‘kowtowing’ to US and factory apologizes for disrespect
Every Tuesday and Thursday, China Trends takes the pulse of the Chinese social media to keep you in the loop of what the world’s biggest internet population is talking about. Sticking it to the man A top Chinese semiconductor manufacturer has been accused at home of “kowtowing” to the American government in an effort to avoid being punished by the United States. Angry comments have flooded Chinese social media criticizing the Chinese chip maker, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), for “submitting” to US pressure, after the company vowed to “clarify any misunderstanding” with the Trump administration a day after Reuters reported that the US was considering sanctionin
China Trends: Netflix to adapt hit Chinese novels, and female students told to cover up
Every Tuesday and Thursday, China Trends takes the pulse of the Chinese social media to keep you in the loop of what the world’s biggest internet population is talking about. Netflix to adapt The Three-Body Problem Netflix on Tuesday announced it plans to adapt Chinese science fiction trilogy Remembrance of Earth’s Past into an English-language series. Fans often call the series by the name of its first novel, The Three-Body Problem. The show will be led by Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. The trilogy’s author Liu Cixin and American sci-fi author Ken Liu, who translated two of the three books, will be consulting producers. The news has prompted heated discussions on Chi
China Trends: fans mourn Chadwick Boseman, and the stigma of leaving work on time
Every Tuesday and Thursday, China Trends takes the pulse of the Chinese social media to keep you in the loop of what the world's biggest internet population is talking about. Marvel fans mourn Chadwick Boseman Chinese social media is in mourning after the death of Chadwick Boseman, known for his role as Marvel’s Black Panther. The actor died at age 43 after a four-year battle with colon cancer, according to an announcement posted on Friday night on his social media accounts. Over the weekend, Chinese social media platforms have been flooded with tributes, clips and pictures of Boseman. “This came too suddenly,” said a blogger on Weibo. “He left at such a young age. It is a big loss for the
China Trends: woman punished for taking maternity leave, and a poor county’s luxury school
Every Tuesday and Thursday, China Trends takes the pulse of the Chinese social media to keep you in the loop of what the world’s biggest internet population is talking about. Asked to write 600 words an hour for maternity pay A furniture company in Shanghai has apologized after demanding that a woman who had taken maternity leave submit a daily handwritten report documenting her past sales.  The staff member was asked last week by Banmoo, her employer, to write 600 words per hour and send a report every day.  The company said it would fine her 50 yuan ($7.25) for each spelling mistake, 100 yuan (US$14.50) for each repetitive sentence, and 500 yuan (US$72) for each late or missing report. The
Winning the Razzies of local government and controversy over a boozy slap
Every Tuesday and Thursday, China Trends takes the pulse of the Chinese social media to keep you in the loop of what the world's biggest internet population is talking about. Awarded for failure Not all honors are honorable. Two government departments in eastern China’s Zhejiang province were awarded the Snail Award in August for working too slowly – the bureaucratic equivalent of the Golden Raspberry Awards, or Razzies, bestowed on the worst film of the year. The awards are the invention of the Jinyun county government in Zhejiang with the intention of naming and shaming projects that are moving too slowly. Besides Jinyun, other counties in China have similar awards, including in Taizhou in
China Trends: Li Ziqi’s rice noodle factory and more floods along the Yangtze
Every Tuesday and Thursday, China Trends takes the pulse of the Chinese social media to keep you in the loop of what the world’s biggest internet population is talking about. Li Ziqi’s snail rice noodles factory  Internet superstar Li Ziqi is investing in a factory for popular snail rice noodles in the southern city of Liuzhou.  A delicacy of Liuzhou, snail rice noodles feature a soup base made of boiled snails and typically include sour bamboo shoots, mushrooms and rice noodles. It is famous for being one of the stinkiest dishes in Chinese cuisine and in recent years become one of the most popular foods from the region.  It is typically sold online as ready-to-cook packs similar to instant