HK Book Fair 2016: 100Most steals the day, homegrown dim sum comics and a wuxia novels exhibit

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The Hong Kong Book Fair 2016 continues the city’s longstanding tradition of hosting consumer-obsessed, discount-supermarket-style book fairs. As with previous years, it was mobbed with students towing suitcases to buy in bulk, 20%+ discounts all around, and bookstore-publishers cross-selling each other’s books (but promoting their own most prominently). The books themselves include both fiction and non-fiction, with a large selection of titles…

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ZHUANG B — (v.) to be a poser

Posted on by Christina Xu in China Meme Report, Multi Entry
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This photo of the front-row at a Shanghai Fashion Week show is mine and intends no shade. The shady memes below were hand-foraged from the Chinese internets.

In Chinese internet parlance, to 装B (zhuāng bì) is to put on airs — worldly, moneyed, educated, eccentric, or any other combination thereof. In other words: to be a fucking poser.

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The History of Chinese Typewriters Needs Your $upport

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Chinese Typist In 1928
1950s Propaganda Poster Featuring Chinese Typist
1950s Propaganda Poster Featuring Chinese Typist

Tom Mullaney (professor of Chinese history + technology at Stanford) is running a Kickstarter campaign around exhibiting and preserving the fascinating history of the Chinese typewriter. One highlight of his exhibition will be centered around how Chinese engineers cracked the puzzle on creating a typewriter…

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An indispensable traveler & buyer’s guide for the electronics mega-market in Shenzhen

Posted on by Jason Li in Book Review

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The Essential Guide to Electronics in Shenzhen is a niche travel guide to the famed electronics market/complex – often referred to as SEG or Huaqiangbei – in Futian, Shenzhen. The guide draws on the author Bunnie Huang’s many years of experience as an engineer, entrepreneur and foreigner in Shenzhen. In a way, this guide is the physical, book version of…

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Live-Streaming Meals: inviting your internet neighbors over for dinner in China

Posted on by Christina Xu in Multi Entry

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Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from an article on Lucky Peach called I Eat, You Watch, written by our very own Christina Xu:

“Can you show me some of your favorites?” I asked, expecting her to share the latest Chinese memes. Instead, she giggled in embarrassment and scrolled through a feed dominated…

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Ping Pong #03: a visually-stunning package of risograph comics

Posted on by Jason Li in Chinese Comics Review

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Ping Pong #03 is all about the printed, physical object, and the results are stunning. Eschewing the convention of a single, bound book, Ping Pong #03 comes as a lushly-packaged set of seven booklets, written and illustrated by seven different artists. While every booklet looks visually distinct, they all bear the mark of the risograph printing process: bright,…

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Online translation communities in China, a brief overview

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From Chuan Yu’s Online Translation Communities in Chinese Cyberspace [we’ve added screenshots of the sites mentioned for extra context]:

Since the arrival of the Internet about 30 years ago, the practice of translation has also moved online. A number of online translation communities have been established for various purposes. In general, there are two types: audio-visual and text-oriented translation communities.…

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Whacky on Weibo: Dick Ng’s collected webcomics

Posted on by Jason Li in Chinese Comics Review

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Ng’s webcomics are snappy, short and whacky. His comics are native to Weibo (a Twitter-like service), his strips thrive as self-contained, single-page gags. While other cartoonists in China might publish 100+ page works on Douban (a Tumblr-like service) or one of the many webcomic portals (e.g. 有妖气), Ng focuses primarily on creating short comics on Weibo where…

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Kylooe: an emotionally-charged comics trilogy about trying to fit in

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Kylooe Trilogy Covers

The Kylooe trilogy brings us three stories of people who are trying their best to fit in with society. In book one, a shy, introverted schoolgirl struggles in her first days at a new middle school. In book two, a broadband salesman reminisces about his first, failed love. And finally, in the last book, a delivery boy finds himself stuck…

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