The Yulin Dog Meat Festival is an annual event that has become more and more controversial, both in China as well as internationally. What are the main comments and views on the controversial dog-eating festival on Chinese social media?
Beijing migrant worker Fan Yusu became an overnight sensation when her autobiographical essay “I Am Fan Yusu” went viral on Chinese social media in late April 2017. The author has since gone into hiding and her essay has been removed. What’s behind the sudden rise and silent disappearance of China’s biggest literary sensation of 2017?
In late April of 2017, Fan Yusu became an overnight literary sensation in China when her essay “I Am Fan Yusu” was published on online platform Noonstory.com and soon went viral. Here is a full translation of the original Chinese essay. Translation provided by What’s on Weibo.
At a time when family tree business is more booming than ever, Dutch entrepreneur Huihan Lie runs the first-ever professional genealogy service business for overseas people with Chinese heritage who want to discover their family lineage. What’s on Weibo spoke to Lie about his company, the reasons for exploring one’s roots, and his personal mission to connect people to their Chinese ancestry.
In his upcoming book Shadow Banking and the Rise of Capitalism in China, journalist Andrew Collier dives into the growth of ‘shadow banking’ in China and the emergence of a new aspect of capitalism in the PRC – a halfway house between state and private economics that he calls “the Wild West of banking in China.”
Beijing is tightening its mortgage rules in order to put a halt to the ‘divorce loop’ that has made it possible for people to get a cheaper mortgage within a year of getting a “fake” divorce.
After Instagram, Tumblr, Snapchat, and Picasa, popular image-sharing Pinterest is now also blocked in China. Chinese netizens are angry and disappointed, while some are outright devastated.
For Chinese snack brand Weilong, a boycott campaign has seemingly become a smart marketing strategy: their ‘spicy sticks’ (辣条) have been declared a national snack since their boycott of Lotte. Snacking away has never felt more noble.
A video of a Japanese kindergarten recital has sparked controversy on Chinese social media, as children are heard saying that the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands belong to Japan and that China should not “spread lies” about Japan in its history books.
Incidents of online harassment against women continue to rise year on year across the world, with severe cases in the PRC and abroad. What’s on Weibo’s Cat Hanson, who has personally experienced online stalking in China, explores how cyber-bullying is gradually receiving more awareness – although the Chinese laws are lagging behind.