Sunday, June 17, 2012
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Sunday, April 29, 2012
BJC uncovered video of another pedestrian falling through the sidewalk in China, which was immediately copied by traditional media like the Telegraph and reposted under their name. American Mike Sui imitated a bunch of people in this video, which is raking up views by the thousands. Leehom Wang sang "As Time Goes By" at the opening ceremony of the Beijing International Film Festival, but he flubbed a key line.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
BJC's most-commented post so far was Tuesday's "A Story About Journalism," in which I wrote about how a small Associated Press editing mistake led to a whole lot of misunderstanding and anger half a world away. This came a day after RFH's excellent Bo Xilai rumor-roundup, which came on the heels of our inaugural "Meet an Expat" column about a Tianjin foreigner who gave up his American citizenship so he could stay in this country with his Chinese wife and son. (If you haven't seen it, Jackson has posted a long reply on the post.)
Sunday, April 15, 2012
April 9 - April 15
Did we all survive Thursday's Internet Apocalypse? It happened thanks to the biggest bombshell Xinhua has dropped in years -- no, we're not talking about sexy pics of teen models -- that Bo Xilai has been ousted from his Party's posts and his wife, Gu Kailai, and aide are being investigated for murder (though Bo, interestingly, is still being referred to as "comrade”). China ended up censoring text messages, too. (Where's Anonymous and its "death-to-GFW" proclamations when you need them?) I ended up on BBC Radio to discuss these events.
We still hate censorship around these parts. Very, very much.
A lot of sensible websites got trolled by a fake quote, and we're still waiting for them to issue corrections. Here are pictures of Beijing emptied out. And this website has a new No. 2 post in terms of all-time views (will it catch No. 1?): meet Purple Panda!
Two deaths of note in this past week: Mike Wallace and Fang Lizhi (check out TAR Nation's takedown of Global Times's attempted takedown of Fang). This is not how to put a fresh take on advertising -- or is it? Homemade firearms in China look like crossbows, and we'd like to remind you that Baidu is a not a condom.
Sunday, April 8, 2012
April 2 - April 8
If you're not excited, you should be: Alessandro is coming back! Meanwhile, BJC continues to roll out original content, on Tuesday with Jon Pastuszek's retrospective on Stephon Marbury, and on Thursday with Sir Charles Dashwood, as decrypted by RFH.
Jason Chu is the latest to join our "Chillax" feature with the video for "City of the North," part of his Goodbye, Beijing EP. We relived the Ducks' championship two weeks ago with a collection of videos, and let ourselves get taken back to our Nintendo-playing youth in this IKEA commercial, as uncovered by Mr. Smith.
A toddler gets pulled out of a Yunnan well here, while a toddler is seen in a funny posture at Raffles Mall here. Beijingers: watch where you walk, lest you want to be boiled alive, and for the love of civility, expats, Scott Grow tells you to not piss in the streets.
Friday, April 6, 2012
Like many continental men, Alessandro will often greet other males with a kiss on each cheek, but he rarely relishes it
The sunglasses? They’re Fottore-Bans
Did you know? Prickly pears are 30% less prickly in Alessandro’s presence
If Alessandro was an interrogator, your crotch would talk
Alessandro is now accepting questions. Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, April 1, 2012
RFH wrote the most-read post of the week, “Corruption, Murder, And Intrigue In The Middle Kingdom.” Royston Chan of Reuters wrote the most disgusting China story of the year, abouturine-soaked eggs. Kurt De Raedemaeker, a Flemish art dealer who’s been under house arrest in Beijing since 2008, died of a heart attack.
Have you heard? The taxi fuel surcharge is now 3 yuan. Also, Beijing is home to both the men’s and women’s champions of Chinese basketball. You can watch the Ducks’ gripping Game 5 series-clinching win in its entirety — plus other postgame videos – here. It almost makes one forget how classless the Guangdong Southern Tigers were, starting with its boss, Liu Hongjiang, who inexplicably ordered a human flesh engine search on a Beijing fan that ended up hurting an innocent woman.
Sina and QQ Weibo were ordered to shut down their commenting feature for three days for not censoring their users more closely. Meanwhile, China’s crusade against “illicit content” on the Internet has led to its newest campaign, Spring Breeze.
Special shout-out to @niubi of Sinocism, who had nice things to say about this site, and Shanghaiist for linking to our Traffic Light series. Now if only we could extend our compliments toChina Daily, who is still not following @beijingcream.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
The CBA took the limelight as Game 1 of the finals opened at Wukesong on Wednesday. Our post about national-team player Zhou Peng intentionally fouling Stephon Marbury -- followed by Su Wei cursing him out -- is now the most viewed post in BJC history by a huge margin, thanks to Deadspin. The Youku video then got censored. Earlier in the week, we posted two final thoughts on Beijing's win vs. Shanxi: Marbury's tears of joy, and two monstrous dunks.
We were the first English-language China blog to post about this Chinese gangster's cell phone pictures, which then went viral. I wondered about the meaning of "racism," RFH offered a defense of Global Times, while Eric Fish of Sinostand mourned the demise of GT's Twitter feedback function. We all effectively moved on from Mike Daisey -- everyone's had their say, right?
We began a new feature called "Chillax," featuring a Beijing tribute video and DJ Wordy and DJ SoulSpeak. (There are some back-labeled entries as well.) Also, every Wednesday will now be "Meme Wednesday": not for the easily offended.
Monday, March 19, 2012
March 12 - March 18
This past week yielded the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 most-viewed posts in BJC history: a kid kicking another in the face on a soccer pitch; Stephon Marbury accused of hitting a fan after Game 4 in the CBA semifinals in Shanxi (eventually linked by the New York Times' The Lede blog); and a comic strip on the day of Bo Xilai's ouster as Chongqing Party Secretary (h/t Valentina Luo).
Mike Daisey should apologize to Ira Glass, Stephen Fry, Tim Worstall, David Pogue and everyone who has bought a ticket to his show, though he probably won't. A Chinese guy's cover of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" is quite good. Sing with me now: the very model of a modern major general.
Welcome to Tyler Roney, Beijing Cream's newest contributor, who previewed Frenchman Nicolas Anelka's debut in the Chinese Super League. After the game, I compiled a video of all his touches on the ball, plus the game's five goals -- three for Guoan, of course. We don't really hate Shanghai, but it's sure fun to do so. Speaking of fun, this woman almost looks she's enjoying her pole dance on the Shanghai subway. Almost.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012
This increasingly popular quiz is, unsurprisingly given the restaurant’s clientele, quite heavily American-biased, although enough questions based on China and a few other countries are thrown in to mean that non-Americans needn’t completely sink. The popularity of the quiz does mean that arriving early is a must, and if you’re clever you’ll be there soon enough to order a giant pizza and salads to share between you – it’s extremely unlikely that you will under order.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
But let's go to the videos! It happens that there is a test case available: the millions of actual Asian people who play basketball -- it's very popular throughout the region -- and the thousands who have played in professional or semi-pro leagues in China itself. These are real living-in-Asia Asians, without the diluting effect the immigrant experience might have brought to their "philosophical heritage." Overall do they play ball in a way the sociologists might predict?
Unt-uh. Here's one video, of the Dongguan Leopards playing at Shanxi Zhongyu, in a Chinese league. This features Stephon Marbury playing for Shanxi, one of a steady trickle of NBA stars who extend their careers with a contract in China. The first minute or so is the local equivalent of dancing Laker-girls. Some of the rest features crowd agitation, yelling at refs, general tumult, and some basketball. Virtually none of it fits with treatises on Asian "philosophical heritage" -- even though nearly every person you see on screen (apart from Marbury and a few other foreign players) is theoretically part of this tradition.
Here's the video from a couple years back:
Fallows then found himself in an email spat with the Hidden Harmonies blog's melektaus, who -- I think it's safe to say -- isn't a fan.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
The Knicks, incredibly, are now 14-15, after standing at 8-15 two weeks ago.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Via the recently launched Somo Gallery
For those who want a rundown of this whole Wang Lijun escapade: C. Custer has you covered. [China Geeks]