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: 21 killed after bus plunged into water, and empty cinemas get subsidies
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. 21 people die after a bus plunges into reservoir At least 21 people have died in the southwestern province of Guizhou after a bus turned sharply and drove off a dam and into the reservoir. Security footage captured the incident, which happened at about noon on Tuesday. It is causing a stir online because the road appeared to be in good condition, the weather was nice and there was relatively little traffic.  A bus fell into a lake in Anshun in China's Guizhou Province. Rescue is underway and the number of casualties is
China Trends: income survey mocked and a pregnant coronavirus patient takes flak
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. No money, no problems? Chinese internet users have criticized a state media report for suggesting that, based on a survey, people with high incomes are not necessarily happier than people who make less money. According to the survey conducted by state broadcaster CCTV, about 60% of respondents who made 1 million yuan ($141,800) a year reported feeling content, while 58% of those with an annual income of 200,000 yuan ($28,360) gave the same answer. Those in lower-income brackets recorded satisfaction ratings of between 3
China Trends: YouTuber accused as copycat and a legal battle with chili sauce queen
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. Is this Vietnamese YouTube star a copycat? A Vietnamese YouTuber has sparked anger in China for publishing videos that closely resemble the works of Li Ziqi, one of China's biggest internet stars.  The YouTube channel named Bếp Trên Đỉnh Đồi, or “kitchen on the hill,” has published videos featuring a young woman working in the fields and making food in a tranquil rural setting.  The style, storyline, background music and the clothes and hairstyle of the main character all bear a striking resemblance to Li Ziqi’s videos
China Trends: black trans model triggers debate and a student’s offensive tweets
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 advertisement prompts debate in China Calvin Klein’s advert in the United States featuring a plus-sized black trans actress has prompted a heated debate over beauty standards in China.  A photo of Jari Jones in CK’s underwear has been put on a massive billboard in Manhattan, as part of a Pride Month campaign featuring nine LGBTQ models. Today, on #JUNETEENTH2020 a Fat Black Trans Woman Looks over NEW YORK !!! #BlackTransLivesMatter #BlackLivesMatter #ProudinMyCalvins @CalvinKlein pic.twitter.com/Kvth3oCXw4 — Ja
China Trends: identity theft robs a woman of college and internet piles on Novak Djokovic
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. This woman “graduated” from a college she never attended A 36-year-old Chinese woman, Chen Chunxiu, recently found out she had her identity stolen 16 years ago by someone who then enrolled and graduated from college.  Most Chinese students get into college by taking part in the annual college entrance exam called gaokao, known for being brutally competitive because of China's large student population and a relatively limited number of top-ranking colleges.  In 2004, Chen Chunxiu was 20 when she took the exam but didn't
China Trends: farmers forced out of homes and an ‘old’ girl group show
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. Forced out of homes A government scheme to tear down village houses and move people into standardized apartment buildings has triggered outrage on social media and debate over urbanization. The program in the eastern province of Shandong seeks to make better use of rural land and promises to improve the livelihoods of villagers. However, some farmers said they were forced to abandon their old homes, according to an article published on Sunday on the news outlet South Reviews. It was authored by Lv Dewen, a rural policy
China Trends: a 1980s Chinese song goes viral and Beijing on coronavirus lockdown
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. Xue Hua Piao Piao Bei Feng Xiao Xiao Who would have thought that a song from 1983 would go viral in 2020? That is the case for “Yi Jian Me” (one plum blossom), performed by Fei Yu-ching.  Specifically, it is the line “Xue Hua Piao Piao Bei Feng Xiao Xiao” that has become fodder for short videos on social media. The lyrics translate to, “the snow is fluttering and cold wind is blowing.”   The song originally went viral in China in January, before slowly migrating over to the non-Chinese internet via YouTube and Instagram
China Trends: a school girl’s death and China’s salmon scare
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. Death of a fifth-grader Parents in China are calling for a thorough investigation after a fifth-grade student named Miao Kexin climbed over a fourth-floor fence and jumped to her death after a writing class on June 4. The local police and the government said they found no evidence of abuse or manslaughter, but her family is pressing for more information about what happened before the girl’s death.  The family members said that Miao’s teacher left harsh remarks on the girl’s review of a Monkey King story, according to Ch
China Trends: a shortcut to Chinese universities and a viral coffee ad
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. Tightened rules for international students The Chinese government is tightening the requirements for foreign admissions to Chinese universities, triggering renewed discussions about the privilege enjoyed by international students in the country. In a notice issued on June 10, the country’s education ministry said students must have held a foreign passport for at least four years in order to qualify as international applicants. They also have to prove that they have lived outside of China for more than two years over the
China Trends: death of a coronavirus doctor and a Chinese official’s tweets
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. ‘I can’t tweet’ Chinese social media users have mocked a tweet by Hua Chunying, China’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, by drawing attention to China’s blocking of Twitter. Hua on May 30 tweeted “I can’t breathe,” a reference to the rallying cry for protests across the US after George Floyd, a black man, died in police custody after being pinned by the neck to the ground for more than eight minutes.  In response, some users of China’s Twitter-like Weibo said, “I can’t tweet.” Twitter is blocked in China, but Chinese diplo