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.

What's hot in China now?
While the coronavirus threat still looms, China has mostly been able to re-open its society after controlling the pandemic within its borders.  The return to normalcy has allowed people to focus on other things, such as a new frenzy for long distance running or the hot new show on television.  Here are three of the hottest trends from the month of November.  Marathon golden month  China’s middle class has embraced fitness as part of their culture, and it has recently manifested itself in a marathon craze.  At least 32 marathons were held in November, usually the golden month for long distance running in China. On the weekend of November 8 alone, 13 cities around China organized a race. Howe
China Trends: ‘Versailles style’ mocked on social media
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. ‘Versailles literature’  “Versailles literature” refers to a social media writing technique that allows one to flaunt their wealth or success in a subtle way.  Social media has made it easy for people to compare their lives with others, and like internet users elsewhere, many Chinese share what they do online as a way of showing off.  One method is to mention items that indicate one’s wealth or status in a seemingly unintentional or negative way.  Critics jokingly call that “Versailles literature,” while those good at this way of flaunting are du
Parents complain about getting assignments from WeChat groups
One perk of graduating from school is the prospect of never having to do homework ever again. Or at least that’s the idea.  A viral video showing a parent complaining about her “assignments” from their children’s schools have prompted an online outcry against the so-called “parent chat groups.” In recent years, most urban schools in China have set up chat groups for parents on the ubiquitous messaging app WeChat, to facilitate the communication between parents and teachers.  But parents say the chat groups have now become a way for teachers to give assignments to not only children but also the adults.  Screenshots shared online have shown teachers asking parents to check their children’s hom
School principal sparks debate about becoming housewife
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. Girls’ school principal told housewife alumni to “get out” The principal of the first publicly funded girls' high school in China has triggered a heated debate on the internet by saying she is against her students becoming housewives, and that she despises them for relying on their husbands.  Zhang Guimei, the school principal of Huaping Senior High School for Girls in the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan, has been praised by Chinese state media in the past as an educator well-known for her contribution to changi
College students push back on period shaming and a three-child policy gets panned
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. Sanitary pads for everyone College students across China have taken it upon themselves to set up public dispensers to supply free sanitary pads. The goals of those dispensers, often a box or a bag hanging on the wall near the restrooms, is to normalize menstruation and ease the embarrassment for students who did not have hygiene products.  Many people recalled childhood memories of trying to hide sanitary products when getting one for themselves or borrowing from others.  “One of my former colleagues wouldn’t dare to ca
China Trends: China’s massive population census, and a man fired for cat torture
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. The biggest population census The Chinese government is sending some seven million workers to collect information from every household for the country’s 7th national population census. The census, conducted every 10 years, is aimed at providing the most accurate information about the age, education, occupation, marital and migration status of people living in the world’s most populous nation. While the work will officially kick off on November 1, census takers in some regions have already begun their door-to-door visits
China Trends: remnants of a sacked palace, and athletics become part of entrance exams
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 reminder of past humiliation Every Chinese schoolchild knows the story of the Old Summer Palace. The palace was built throughout the 18th and early 19th centuries and featured a beautiful staircase leading into the main entrance overlooking a lavish garden. Located on Beijing’s outskirts, it was the perfect retreat for Chinese emperors looking for a respite from the bustling capital. In 1860 it was burned to the ground and looted by French and British troops during the Second Opium War. It has become a source of nati
China Trends: BTS fans caught in online fury, and woman falls in love with fake celebrity account
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. Idols or motherland? China’s BTS fans caught in online fury BTS fans in China are debating whether they should abandon their beloved idols after the group endorsed the alliance between South Korea and America in the Korean War.  Chinese nationalists were angered after the band’s leader RM told an awards ceremony that the group would always remember South Korea’s “history of pain” and shared “sacrifices” with the United States. During the 1950-53 Korean War, Chinese troops fought alongside North Korea against a US-led co
China Trends: City tests three million for Covid in two days, and a dating course at college
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. Three million people tested for Covid-19 in two days Officials in the Chinese city of Qingdao tested three million residents, or about one-third of the city’s population, for Covid-19 after three people tested positive for the virus. The city, in the eastern province of Shandong, hoped to stop a new outbreak in its tracks. Officials discovered nine more positive cases after testing the three million people.  On Sunday, Qingdao municipal health committee reported three new asymptomatic coronavirus patients and linked the
China Trends: China’s internet mourns Eddie Van Halen, and new iPhone sparks nationalism debate
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 mourns rock legend Like in much of the world, music fans in China are mourning the loss of the legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen. Van Halen died Tuesday at age 65 after a long battle with cancer. He was the guitarist for a popular band from the 1970s and 1980s that bore his namesake. He became famous for his guitar solos that were loud, fast and complicated. The musician is often regarded as one of the world’s greatest guitar players, and Van Halen remains one of the world’s best-selling bands. They were inducte