Archive for the ‘China’ Category

In China, Even Sex Scandals Involve a Larger Population

February 12, 2008

Apparently, Canadian-born, Hong-Kong multi-untalented celebrity Edison Chen is not just your average douche with a fetish for hip-hop culture tritest clichés (“hate the game and dun hate the player“? Really? I mean, does anyone still speak like that in a non-ironic way in 2008?), he also liked to document his most intimate moments with various Asian celebrities in tasteful semi-pornographic snapshots involving part or whole of said celebrities’ nakedness, along with his own, for good measure.

 

I guess one should not be surprised that such a bright young lad did not think twice of handing over his fully loaded laptop to some random shop repair assistant somewhere. Whence its contents eventually made it to the internets at large, generating quite a turmoil. 

The story and its numerous plot twists (retired celebrities, Japanese actresses, Hong Kong triads, broken mariages, hell, even Jackie Chan got involved!) has already filled an entire subcontinent of Asian press articles, apparently leading to political repression unseen since the days of Tiananmen… 

As for Edison, things don’t look too good for him: sponsors couldn’t shed him fast enough, movie studios lost his phone number mid-shooting and he apparently managed to piss off a few bigwig entertainment industry moguls cum triad bosses (who didn’t appreciate the publication of his very personal and graphic way to ask their daughter in marriage). To top it all, I am afraid none of his former girlfriends is in any mood to console him at the moment. 

People, when will you learn? Keep your sex tapes on VHS and never trust the repairman.

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Olympic Training

January 11, 2008

No Big Bums: China Prepares Olympic Hostess

Disgusting!

Rookie of the Month!

January 3, 2008

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Take a deep breath Yi, you deserve it! 

Milwaukee forward Yi Jianlian of China, along with Kevin Durant, were named this week as December’s top NBA rookies: China’s Yi takes NBA rookie honour. Yi, who was picked sixth overall by the Bucks in NBA draft, averaged 12.1 points and 6.6 rebounds in December. He also leads rookies in field goal percentage with .503 and is third in minutes per game with 30.6. In addition, he scored a career-high 29 points in a 103-99 win over Charlotte on December 22. For someone who didn’t want to play in a place like Milwaukee, he’s fitting in quite well! However, it will be difficult for the Bucks to make the playoffs as they are currently struggling at 12-19.

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.

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.

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!

Dog Owner Takes On China’s Web Censors

December 27, 2007

Man Sues After Government Removes Posting Critical of Canine Height Restriction

Chen Yuhua wrote to the mayor of Beijing. No answer. He wrote to the city council. Still no answer.

A fair trial in China? Good luck buddy.