China’s Internet is a hot topic nowadays. With more and more books published on the topic, What’s on Weibo picked a recent one to review. This edition: China Online – Netspeak & Wordplay Used By Over 700 Million Chinese Internet Users by Véronique Michel, Tuttle Publishing, 2015, 159 pages
China’s latest TV hit ‘Tiger Mom, Cat Dad’ has sparked online debates over the best parenting style. Is it better to be an iron-fisted tiger mom, or a relaxed cat dad?
Trending on Sina Weibo is Jinan’s TV latest prime time series I’m a Beijing Migrant Worker for my Kids (我为儿孙当北漂). The show, that discusses many contemporary societal issues such as urban migration and having a second child, has become a focus of online discussion.
China’s war dramas about the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945) are much discussed online topics this month since China’s official censorship bureau spoke out against those war shows that are “overly entertaining”. “Japanese Devils” die a 1000 times a year.
The fairy-tale wedding of Taiwanese actor, director and musician Jay Chou (周杰伦) became a trending topic on Sina Weibo this week – perfect location, beautiful dress and ideal bride & groom.
Chinese President Xi Jinping is also lovingly called Xi Dada (‘Daddy Xi’ or ‘Uncle Xi’) by ordinary Chinese people. The growing cult around his persona is now also expressed through diverse paintings.
Weixin (微信), also known as WeChat, has become one of China’s most popular smartphone apps. The app is taking over the mobile market, and is impacting Chinese businesses, people’s social lives and even the taxi industry in various ways.
The Japanese candidate for the 2014 Miss International became the talk on Weibo after Sina netizens expressed their concerns on the Japanese “aesthetic standard” (#审美捉急#): the selected Japanese beauty pageant for the contest was deemed ‘ugly’ by Chinese netizens.