In 1996, Zhang Guimei applied to transfer herself to teach at a school in a remote village, Huaping, after her husband passed away of cancer. One year later, she was diagnosed with uterine fibroids. Seeing the conditions in which local female students were living, she decided to dedicate the rest of her life to help these girls to “fly out of the mountains and never come back.” In 2008, after years of extreme hard work and with the help of local government, Huaping Female High School (HFHS) was founded, the first free female high school in China.
On October 17, Zhou Zhennan, leader of a popular Chinese idol boy band R1SE, posted “I really don’t know how to go on” on Weibo, where he has over 18 million followers. In the comments, he added “please stop calling and texting my parents, my family is my limit.” The post trended and people assumed it’s about “Sisheng,” fans who interfere with celebrities’ personal lives, which has been bothering many celebrities in China.
Yesterday, Ant Group’s Hong Kong IPO has been approved by the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, and the public offering has entered a countdown stage. The data shows that due to the enthusiasm of global investors, Ant’s IPO plan in Hong Kong stocks has pushed the demand for Hong Kong dollars to historical highs.
The South China Morning Post reported that Cathay Pacific will lay off 6,000 employees and end its Cathay Dragon brand as part of a strategic assessment to deal with the unprecedented damage caused by the new coronavirus pandemic. The SCMP said the Hong Kong airline is expected to officially announce the plan after the close on Wednesday.
In recent years, more students in China have chosen to obtain a master’s degree or a PhD as a way to postpone their entrance into the labor market, either out of a mere hope of increasing their competitiveness in the future, or simply because they haven’t found a proper job. However, graduate education is not meant for everyone. The pressure of being able to graduate on time, the relationship with academic supervisor, the higher expectations from the society…For the students, it has become a question of who gives up first.
On October 15 Mao Hongtao posted for the first time on Wechat Moments. Families and colleagues tried to reach him after seeing the post, but his phone was already turned off. On the same day, local police got involved and the news trended on Weibo. The next day his body was found in Jiang’an River, close to his house in Chengdu. Police concluded it was a suicide. Mao was the Party Committee Secretary (PCS) of Chengdu University, a mayor-level official according to the current civil service hierarchy in China.
The Free World believes in democracy. The Free World believes in freedom. Corona virus has crippled the free world. The free world has gone into quarantine. Until comes the vaccine for Corona the future of the free world is to go into quarantine return to normalcy and return to quarantine again. Israel went into quarantine and returned to normalcy only to return again to quarantine. The same is true for the whole world. Quarantine is bondage to the free world much more than to China and communist nations.
Taobao, Tmall, Jingdong, Pinduoduo…Endless competition between different online shopping websites in China has greatly benefited domestic online shoppers. Thanks to competition between couriers, most products can be delivered very fast and free of charge. But all people will not be satisfied. Consumers keep demanding cheaper products. In recent years, a new word, “Yangmao Dang,” has been created to describe people who seek deals on different websites. Yangmao means woolen fleece in Chinese. These deal hunters are like shearers who cut Yangmao off the sheep (in this case, the online shops).
At 3 pm on October 20, 2019, 10-year-old Qi called her mother saying that she had just finished her art class and that she was on the way home. It’s a 15-minute walk. At 3:50 pm, with still no sign of her daughter, Mrs.Wang went out to look for her with family members. At around 7 pm, they found Qi in a bush a few hundred meters away from home, covered in blood and pants off.
Had nothing happened, Lamu would be in the mountains digging up Notopterygium roots, a traditional medical herb in China. Once she’s back at home, she would stream for a while on TikTok to chat with her fans. On September 14, while Lamu was streaming in her kitchen, fans saw a man enter the room before the screen went black.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam today praised the controversial Chinese national security law imposed on Hong Kong, saying that it has restored peace in the city, and helped end the pro-democracy movement protests therein. Lam made her remarks as part of the 71st anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
Online games have witnessed an unprecedented surge in China, with a projected market volume of $4.5 billion in 2020, highest in the world. Even some universities have created majors related to online games management. Companies have developed a series of new services trying to grab market share, including a peculiar one called “peiwan.”
Zhu Jianqiang, which means Strong Pig in Chinese, is the name of a pig that survived under rubble for 36 days after the 8.0 MS Wenchuan Earthquake in 2008. It has become a symbol of survival in China ever since. Since September 2014, a namesake company started to enter people’s daily lives.
Japan’s new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga spoke for the first time with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday. The leaders of the two countries agreed to “closely cooperate” on bilateral and international issues but did not discuss Xi Jinping’s plan for a state visit to Japan.
Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong, who was detained Thursday and released hours later, has called for intervention by the international community in the case of the group arrested in China more than a month ago. Wong was arrested when he appeared at the Central Police Station for judicial control.
Germany announced the creation of the new technology to assist in providing the accurate crowd numbers. At the end of August, thousands took to the streets in the “anti-Corona protests”. There was an attempt to close Berlin by the law enforcement. The government tried to stop the planned demonstration due to the concern of the Coronavirus spread.
Covid-19 continues to be rampant in many countries, except where it broke out first: China. According to the latest statistics, on September 18, there were only 18 new confirmed patients, all travelers from other countries. Even so, the Chinese government is extremely careful with these imported cases. On September 13, in Ruili, two illegal travelers from Myanmar were reported to be infected. The next day, the local government quarantined the entire city and started to carry out massive PCR testing. In just three days, they’ve already completed 95,362 tests (all negative), and more underway.
For five months, internet users in China have been waiting for the result of a special case. On April 9, Yantai Police Department announced that they were officially investigating an alleged statutory rape. A girl, Li Xingxing, claimed that her foster father, Bao Yuming, had been raping her for the past three years. The news heated up when people found out that Bao is a board member of the ZTE Corporation (he was kicked out right after the news).
Chinese virologist Li-Meng Yan, who worked in a Hong Kong lab, published a report on Zemodo, an open-access digital platform, alleging the SARS-CoV-2 virus is manmade. According to Dr. Li’s abstract, “SARS-CoV-2 shows biological characteristics that are inconsistent with a naturally occurring, zoonotic virus.”
Due to the Covid-19, it has become harder to seek certain services in other countries, which forces people to turn to their domestic markets. On the one hand, according to a report by China Population Association, one in every six Chinese couples have fertility issues. On the other hand, in China, surrogacy is illegal.
While most industries suffer from the Covid-19 this year, one keeps thriving: food delivery. However, more often than not, the winner of the game is the capital. The frontline workers are the ones who make it all great, not the ones to benefit from it. These days, an article called “Takeaway Riders, Stuck in the System” has sparked waves of discussions online.
On August 9, Mrs. Wu from Hangzhou authorized a real estate agent to rent her apartment to a tenant for $880 per month. On August 28, the agent told her that his company was abandoning Hangzhou and that he had resigned the same day. Mrs. Wu has only received the rent for August. She got in touch with the tenant and was informed that he had paid upfront almost $6,000 for a whole year’s rent to the agent plus deposits. That is, the agent company charges the tenant less than $600 a month while paying the owner almost $900. Something doesn’t add up here.
After hundreds of people in Hong Kong were arrested by the police during a demonstration last Sunday, experts believe that as Beijing expands the scope of arrests through the Hong Kong National Security Law, Hong Kong will enter a difficult period. Hongkongers were supposed to vote for the Legislative Council in elections on Sunday.
After 11 months of suspension, 16-year-old student Jiang is going to a school in Shaodong to continue his studies on September 3. He is also a released suspect under investigation. It all began with an intentional aggression.
On May 17, 2019, at the Jishou No.2 High School, 15 students beat Jiang up in the bathroom. During the chaos, Jiang took out a knife and stabbed three of them. One was mildly injured while the other two were gravely hurt. Jiang got arrested on August 7 on charges of intentional aggression.
A Hong Kong man was arrested by the Hong Kong Police National Security Service on suspicion of “publishing sedition” on Sunday. According to Hong Kong media reports, the man is Tan Dezhi, the vice-chairman of “People’s Power.” Later that afternoon, nearly 300 people were arrested at a demonstration against the postponement of the Legislative Council election.
Under the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act, 2019, the State of Jammu and Kashmir ceased to exist and was converted into two main territories, 86 days after the Indian Parliament abrogated its special status under the Article 370.
Chinese foreign ministry’s spokesman described the reorganization of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh as “void.” He highlighted that Ladakh contained Chinese territories and urged India to respect Chinese sovereignty and territorial integrity. Indian ministry of external affairs responded to this and argued that Beijing was in illegal possession of parts of the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir.
Recently, a Weibo account posted a long article titled “Loving You, Hence Raping You.” In this article, the poster, Liang Ying, accused her ex-boyfriend, Luo Guanjun, of raping her on their first date.
According to Liang, after Luo raped her, she felt shame and fear. But considering that Luo had a decent job, she became his girlfriend, unwillingly. Later, she found out that Luo had raped other girls before and had been visiting prostitutes. She also had an abortion for him, which she buried alone next to a temple.
In another article I talked about Zhang Yuhuan, who served 26 years before being sentenced not guilty. The protagonist of today has enjoyed the opposite fate.
In 1993, Batu Menghe was sentenced to 15 years for murdering his friend Bai Yongchun the year before. Bai’s mother, Han Jie, was expecting a severer sentence. But Batu was only 17 years old by then and turned himself in after the crime, so he didn’t receive the death penalty. However, to Han’s surprise, Batu didn’t even fulfill this lighter punishment.
The United States has announced sanctions against 14 companies in Iran, China, and the United Arab Emirates for violating sanctions against Iran’s oil and petrochemical industries. The US Treasury Department has added a number of individuals and companies to its sanctions list as part of its “Maximum Pressure” policy.
United Nations human rights experts jointly sent a letter to the Chinese government stating that the Hong Kong National Security Law “infringes certain fundamental rights,” and expressed concern that the law may be used to prosecute political dissidents in Hong Kong.
On December 31, 2018, Mrs. Huang was walking with her two friends while a car suddenly hit them in Sichuan. The driver, Ma, drunk at that moment, fled the spot right away. Mrs. Huang passed away after a few weeks in the hospital, while her two friends survived. On January 2, 2019, Ma turned himself in accompanied by his family.
In 1993, two kids were found dead in a pool in Jiangxi. They were strangled first and then dumped there. The police soon arrested Zhang Yuhuan, a local farmer whose clothes were found nearby and with scars on both arms. One year later, he received a death sentence with reprieve.
On August 4 this year, after almost 27 years behind bars, Jiangxi Higher People’s Court reviewed the case and discovered that in the original trial, the evidence was not clear. Base on the presumption of innocence, Zhang is sentenced again as not guilty, after 9,778 days in prison, the longest record of its kind in China.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called on China to withdraw the “Hong Kong National Security Law” when meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Berlin on Tuesday. He said to Wang, “we hope that the principle of “one country, two systems’ can be implemented.”
The US Department of Defense submitted its annual “China’s Military and Security Development Report” to Congress on Tuesday. It is estimated that in five years, China will double the number of nuclear warheads in the next 10 years from the current 200. It may threaten the United States.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said after meeting with German Foreign Minister Maas that there is still a great opportunity to complete the negotiations on the China-EU investment protection agreement within this year. Maas said the EU will also defend its values beyond its borders.
On Taobao, China’s largest online shopping website, you can find almost any products and services. Recently, a product there has raised tons of discussions. Several online shops sell sanitary pads in bulk, and in one of them, one questioner asks: “these pads in bulk are clearly three-without products (without brand and fabricator, without expiration date and without quality certificate), why are you girls even buying them?” The answers below can be, sadly, concluded in a sentence: because life is difficult.
On August 28, a 3-year-old girl in Hunan went to celebrate her granny’s birthday with her parents. After the party, she entered the elevator first. Just when her granny was about to step in, the door of the elevator closed. The girl panicked, jumped around and pressed a few buttons. The elevator took her to the fourth floor. She went out and saw no one there, so she went back in. The elevator took her to the eighth floor. She went out again. This time, she didn’t come back, neither did she find her family.
With today’s global world, having an ongoing income, self created inside your home, is now more important than ever. If your kids are staying home or the business where you work is closed, what are some of your options? Most economists are not looking at a fast recovery from the global pandemic as it has been roughly six months and little with COVID-19 has changed.
For years, many online shops on Taobao and Tmall have hired people, especially students and housewives who have lots of free time and want to earn some extra money, to forge orders and good product reviews. It’s called “Shuadan” in Chinese. These hired “customers” browse and buy the products in exactly the same way that a normal customer would behave.
Ant Financial Services Group, the world’s highest valued FinTech company, released its prospectus on August 25. Jack Ma, the founder of the Alibaba empire, will have a shareholding of no more than 8.8%. Furthermore, Jack promises to donate 610 million stock shares to charity (which will account for around 2% of the company’s market value), especially on education, entrepreneurship and female leadership. On August 26, Alibaba reaches its highest ever stock price. The total value passes 6 trillion HKD, which is over $774 billion.
The Hong Kong police launched another large-scale arrest on the morning of August 26. At least 16 people were arrested, including pro-democracy members Xu Zhifeng and Lin Cheuk Ting. Ten people were arrested for the Tuen Mun incident on July 6 and the Yen Long incident on July 21 last year.
On August 23, Hong Kong student activist Joshua Wong posted on his Facebook saying that he had been “harassed” by a local woman while walking a dog with his family. Soon, on Weibo, the video recorded by the woman was released too. In this video, the recorder blamed Wong for being a bad example for the young generation in Hong Kong and asked how much bribery he had accepted in a quite sarcastic way. She called him a national traitor.
On August 22, a 15-year-old girl jumped off a 25-floor building in Sichuan and fell on her father, who was trying to catch her. Both passed away later in the hospital. According to a witness, the mother of the girl was in the elevator to the roof at that moment. For now, there are two speculations over the cause on the internet. One says that she didn’t want to take more piano classes and that the classroom is in fact in the same building, while the other claims that the girl had been depressed for a long time and she had a history of self-harm. Local police reported the case and pleaded for people to stop circulating related videos out of respect.
Many people like to spend their free time relaxing at home or with friends. They do this to unwind from their 40-hour a week job.
However, you should consider sacrificing a portion of your free time to invest in your career, especially during the global COVID-19 outbreak. Many of you are working remotely during the pandemic, giving you the extra free time you can allocate towards learning a new skill.
On August 20, 19 workers were caught in a fire in a coal mine in Shandong, all of whom were rescued after almost three hours. Seven of them passed away in the hospital, while another one is still severely injured. This coal mine belongs to Shandong Energy Feicheng Mining Group, which is closed after the incident. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
One of the better ideas for your career is to become your own boss. Today, one of the simplest ways to achieve this goal has arrived: set up a side gig or a second at home gig while you still have a full time job, let your day job provide safety and security until you can make it on your own.
The most exciting part of starting a side gig is that it can create a new and better career with unlimited growth opportunities that you can only achieve by being the owner of your own online gig service. To succeed you need to have an entrepreneurial mindset; you will need a strong drive and see the side gigs as a way to find your future success. If your goal is to be an entrepreneur, and in charge of your own career, then a side gig is a very good way to advance your career. The most immediate reward is making more money on top of your regular pay, especially in a volatile COVID-based economy.
In Jiangsu, an elderly man was caught hiding eggs in his pockets in a supermarket. The cashier held the arm of the elder trying to inspect his pockets, which the elder resisted. After a few back-and-forth conversations, the elder suddenly fell onto the ground, dead. The family ask for compensation of over $55,000, arguing that his death was caused by the cashier. While the supermarket maintains that the cashier was doing the right thing and she was just persuading the elder to clear his pockets without physical actions, which was all captured by camera. The case is still under investigation.
I think most people are a bit concerned when they see people walking a dog twice their size, at least I am. I’m constantly worried that any sudden move by the dog will trip the owner over, which is not a joke when it comes to elderly people.
On August 17, in Foshan, an elderly woman was tripped over by a dog leash and hit her head on the ground. Later she passed away. What happened was recorded by a street camera. Watch the disturbing video at your own risk here.
Robert Trump, the younger brother of the president of the United States, passed away on August 15. Normally this is the kind of tragic news for which even one’s nemesis would’ve felt sorry, whereas in China, it has become the ground of conspiracies and too-soon jokes. Apparently, Donald Trump’s recent firm stand on Chinese companies like TikTok and Wechat has made him once again the ultimate villain for many Chinese internet users.