Archive for December, 2007

Olympic Affair

December 31, 2007

The Beijing Games Takes another hit.

It was a moment to make angry wives applaud and two-timing husbands – and the Chinese government – squirm.

With eight months to go to the Beijing Olympics, Zhang Bin, one of the most famous faces on the nation’s television, was proudly relaunching its main sports network, CCTV-5, as the Olympics Channel.

As Zhang talked enthusiastically into the cameras before a studio audience, a small woman in a brown duffel coat clambered on stage, bore down on him and grabbed his microphone.

Onlookers immediately recognised Zhang’s wife, Hu Ziwei, herself a well-known sports anchor.

But what came next surprised everyone as Mrs Hu launched into a blistering attack on her husband for having an affair with another woman. Only two hours earlier, she said, she’d discovered his “improper relationship.”

And as Zhang stood open-mouthed, uncertain what to do, she bravely coupled his infidelity with her country’s poor human rights record.

“Today is a special day for the Olympics Channel, it’s a special day for Zhang Bin, and it’s a special day for me too,” she said.

Then quoting a French diplomat who has been critical of the Games she added that if China’s values don’t improve, the Games will have been for nothing.

Fighting off attempts to remove her, she said: “That French foreign diplomat also said that until Chinais able to start exporting its values, it won’t be able to become a great power.” “Yet Zhang Bin can’t even face up to his own hurt wife. I think China, to succeed as a great power…

“Don’t any of you have any conscience? Let go of me! We’re very far from being a great country.”

Even at this late stage, Zhang thought he might avoid public embarrassment because as usual in a nation always anxious to censor out any unwanted disclosures, the show was being pre-recorded.

His wife’s outburst could be edited out, he thought. But, as has happened in the past, the authorities underestimated the power of the Internet and the mischief of its enthusiastic devotees. Within hours a renegade tape of the three-minute confrontation was posted on the Chinese websites tudou.com and Sina.com.

As Chinese authorities scrambled to remove it from those, it was switched to YouTube and other international sites they could not control – and they reported that hundreds of thousands of people were watching it.

Chinese reaction to Mrs Hu’s outburst was divided.

The nation’s leaders, always eager to paint a picture of a perfect society, were said to be deeply embarrassed.

On the streets many people chuckled over the wandering husband’s humiliation. But others pointed out that Mrs Hu should not have been surprised because Zhang left his first wife for her.

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Fat Asians

December 31, 2007

More Asian American youth becoming obese

Despite the stereotype Asians are petite and skinny, studies show this population is rapidly becoming overweight _ so much so that a state agency is targeting Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in a campaign. Asian Americans have the fastest growing rate of overweight and obese children, according to the Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research, and Training.

That’s not a hard statistic to come up with. It’s easier to go from 100 to 110 then from 200 to 220 pounds (10%)

“Asian American families tend to be less physically active, more home-oriented and more screen-oriented than other groups, which can create obesity issues,” said Kris Perry, executive director of First 5 California, a state agency that recently launched an awareness campaign.

I dont know about that. If you go to any gym you’ll see Asians playing badminton and swimming. Also you should see kids that come to my house. They run up and down the stairs and jump on beds. I can’t keep up with them!

Fast food seems to be one of the culprits.

Come on kids, stop eating fast food. You can easily go get some Chinese bakery items or Banh Mi Vietnam or Tapioca or anything but Burger King! I always thought we ate in small portions compared to Westerners (a bowl of rice compared to a steak!)

Kids are just fat and lazy these days no matter what the race! Stop Eating!

Smogglympics

December 30, 2007

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Beijing’s Olympic Quest: Turn Smoggy Sky Blue 

They can try all they want to clean everything up for the Olympics. It won’t work and even if it does, they’ll drop everything after the games and people will be back to their polluted air.

I’m definitely watching the marathon this year. I want to see if anyone can survive 42.195 kilometres in THAT!

China “busting out all over”

December 30, 2007

You think you know the stereotype of Asian women and small bust lines? Think again. China is facing a deficit of bra cup capacity as chests continue to swell with no end in sight. Demand for “C, D, even E cups” is rising, and companies are struggling to get into the market. Lingerie saleswoman Zhang Jing remarked “It’s so different from the past when most young women would wear A- or B-cup bras. You will never expect those thin women to have such nice figures if they are not plastic.”

Does she look “plastic”? No. No she does not.

Second Life flops in Japan

December 30, 2007

Second Life is flopping in Japan! Apparently, the competition from games like meet-me and Hatena World is too much for Second Life in the land of the rising sun. Second Life publishers Linden Labs are addressing the game’s popularity gap in Japan by adding some uniquely Japanese touches:

  • Virtual subways, where virtual hands grope virtual asses
  • Virtual working hours, where leisure is forbidden until work is complete
  • Virtual drinking binges, complete with virtual puddles of vomit on the virtual streets
  • Purple octopus demons that rape everyone and everything in sight

Will it be enough to close the cultural gap? Only time will tell.

Chinese Pay-TV?

December 29, 2007

Remember when Green Bay played Dallas a month ago and people were outraged that they had to buy the NFL Network for an obscene price in order to watch the game? Even in America, land of capitalism, people feel they have a god-given right to watch their favorite sport. Tonight New England goes for perfection and the game has to be simulcast on CBS and NFL Network or else people might burn down Roger Goodell’s office.

So why is it in all places, CHINA, that there is talk of Pay-Per-View sports!?

Pay-TV turns off China football fans

I never thought I’d see the day that China would be creating a ‘class’ difference by offering ‘two-tiered’ television. Ok I’m lying, the communist are frauds and today they are doing the same things that they condemned during the People Revolution and purged millions for. It’s no surprise at all that China is becoming more capitalist and the land of the rich tycoons!

Hello Kitty Hits on Guys

December 29, 2007

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An Sanrio Co. employee shows Hello Kitty products targeted at young men at the company’s headquarters in Tokyo Friday, Dec. 28, 2007. The cuddly white cat, usually seen on toys and jewelry for young females, will soon adorn T-shirts, bags, watches and other products targeting young men, company spokesman Kazuo Tohmatsu said Friday. The feline for-men products will go on sale in Japan next month, and will be sold soon in the U.S. and other Asian nations, according to Sanrio. (AP Photo)

Macho Makeover for Hello Kitty 

The watch looks really nice.. would you guys get one? 🙂

Asian Typing

December 28, 2007

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Here’s the latest installment of Asian Pop which talks about computing in Asia.

I’ve never lived in Asia or had to use a different keyboard since English is my dominant language. I actually like the keyboard and have become comfortable on it. I can’t imagine not having a keyboard!

Bhutto Assassinated

December 27, 2007

Former PM Bhutto assassinated at Pakistan rally

Very very sad. There were concerns about security at any rally. We all knew that she would be attacked once she set foot on Pakistani soil.

But the questions remains. How do you stop a suicide bomber? There’s no way.

Philipino Sex Dolls?

December 27, 2007

Protest sex dolls seized in Philippines – rights group

CUSTOMS officials in the Philippines have seized inflatable sex dolls meant to be used for an international campaign against animal cruelty, an animal rights group said. 

Say what? Are these sex dolls human or some sort of PETA animal. PETA’s getting more creative than I thought.