Mascots: the Cutest Social Police?

Posted on by Christina Xu
Image via Wikipedia.
Image via Wikipedia.

In the years leading up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the Fuwa (福娃, “dolls of good fortune”), the official Olympic mascots, were everywhere: on billboards, in TV ads, made into stuffed toys, and erected as mini-statues in malls and airports all across the country. Since then, hyper-cute anthropomorphic mascots designed through public contests have become all…

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An icon font for Chinese provinces and East Asian countries

Posted on by Jason Li

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From Haoyun Su:

Inspired by ProPublica’s StateFace, EyesAsia is a web font focusing on East Asia. In brief, you type a letter and get a mini map in return (open-sourced on Github). It includes the following shapes:

  • East Asian countries, such as Japan and South Korea.
  • China’s provinces and cities (administrative level one).
  • China’s five major lakes, such as Taihu Lake, Qinghaihu Lake.

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A Look Back: Our Writing on Internet Culture & Graphic Novels in China

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Editor’s note: This post was commissioned by The London Book Fair, who wished to offer attendees in its upcoming conference an introduction to internet culture, graphic novels and book culture in Greater China.

 

Internet memes are alive and kicking in China, though they might not be the ones we’re used to seeing. If you only had time to learn about one Chinese meme, it would have to be the obscenely-named grass…

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Spelunking on the Chinese internet for Nicki Minaj fans

Posted on by Christina Xu

From That’s What Xu Said:

I went spelunking on the Chinese internet today. What started off as an innocuous search for Chinese Nicki Minaj fans quickly turned into a hunt for the ingenious, hilarious, and often slightly insulting nicknames created by Chinese fans for the American pop stars whose names they can’t pronounce.

After an inappropriate amount of time on Weibo and the Chinese equivalent of Yahoo Answers, I present the greatest…

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The Translation Detail Everyone Missed in the China Internet’s Incredibly Surreal Anthem

Posted on by Jason Li

In case you missed it, the New York Times, ProPublica, the Guardian and the Atlantic all wrote about this incredibly surreal but voted best of event anthem celebrating China’s glorious internet. Thanks to ProPublica we have a subtitled, Youtube video above.

As James Fallows at the Atlantic pointed out, one of the most stirring phrases in the song that is repeated eight times during…

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Book Review: China Airborne by James Fallows

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In China Airborne, Fallows skillfully uses the rise and uncertain future of the aviation industry in China as a parable for the development in China. An avid political-economic analyst and storyteller, Fallows’ account is surprisingly easy to read, given the complexity of his argument that China is “contradictory” yet exciting.

Fallows is a charismatic writer with a succinct style. As such, not only do we…

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