Long Lost Identical Twin Sisters Reunited on CCTV Program?

Chinese netizens joke about long lost twin sisters being reuinted on CCTV when the program mistakenly captions the same woman with two different names and locations.

Chinese netizens joke about long lost twin sisters being reuinted on CCTV when the program mistakenly captions the same woman with two different names and locations.

On Sina Weibo:

@长安县令: So touching! Long-lost twin sisters have been miraculously reunited in China Central Television’s (CCTV) Topics in Focus! Life, is like a dream!

Chinese netizens joke about long lost twin sisters being reuinted on CCTV when the program mistakenly captions the same woman with two different names and locations.

On Sina Weibo:

@长春饭店小奶油: Deeply touching! Long lost twin sisters once again reunited on Topics in Focus. One in Changchun, one in Beijing, and many years later, they show up at the same time on Topics in Focus [泪], one cannot help but sigh that fate is a strange thing.

The above image and video show a woman named Wang Wei, a worker at a Changchun shopping mall, appearing 30 seconds into a CCTV video clip and then another woman named Yao Chunfang, a Beijing city resident, appearing later at the 3:44 mark.

Comments from Sina Weibo:


Hehe, their clothes happen to be the same, and by coincidence so is the background! This is a bit too much of a coincidence, isn’t it! Hehe.


Truly touching. [吃惊]


No way, even interviews are faked?


Too fucking fake! The media are all liars/frauds!


CCTV, you’re such an embarrassment.


Beijing and Changchun’s shopping center layout and decorations amazingly are the same, probably a chain store? [偷笑]


CCTV is constantly refreshing my knowledge [challenging what I know to be possible].


CCAV is so lazy, not even changing the clothes, hairstyle, and even the background extras. Look, now you’ve been exposed. [鄙视]


Temporary worker strikes again.


CCTV insulting the audience’s intelligence. [偷笑]


Fuck, even the backdrop is the same, it’s obviously the same person, fucking fuck!


CCAV is the most shameless, always committing fraud themselves yet still [passes itself off as] fighting fraud. Instead of fighting the things the people dislike, they like to pursue and hound the things [the people] do like.


So aside from the Spring Festival Gala, it’s already been N years since I’ve watched CCTV.


Noticed this last night when watching, but thought I had seen it wrong.


Careless, saving money, and being lazy all mixed into one?


Oh, a temporary worker typed the wrong caption.


Stupid cunt CCTV.


Only after reading the comments did I realize this was making fun of CCTV for faking things. Fucking really is so fake. At first I thought it was really that touching.


Hehehehehehe, it wouldn’t cost that much to hire another one, cheapskates!

On Sina:

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CCTV Topics in Focus Program Apologizes for Mistake in Captions

Apology Statement: In the “Pensions ‘Bankrupt’?” program broadcasted by our program on March 28th, because of a mistake in our work, the caption when Wang Wei, a worker at a Changchun city shopping center, first appears were mistakenly shown as “Beijing city resident Yao Chunfang”. As brought to attention by netizens, our program has already corrected the video as it appears on the CCTV website. Hereby, our program expresses our sincerest apologies to Ms. Wang Wei and public audiences! As well as thank netizens for bringing this to our attention, and we welcome everyone to continue watching [our program]!

Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.

  • BiggJ

    Please tell there is something more interesting then this going on in china right now….

    • Disgusting dude

      There is! A woman was fucking her dog, one day she came home and found out that her husband kill and cooked the dog which caused the woman to go berserk and killed her husband. True story happened in liannan a day ago.

      • La Mano Gaucha

        That’s what we need! Real harmony!

      • don mario

        report this story!

      • BiggJ

        You think that story is better then cctv making a technical error? No fuck way!!! :)

      • BiggJ

        Man Found Dead In River Tied To A Manhole Cover With Hands And Feet Bound, Police Declare It A… Suicide?

        On Monday, a man surnamed Chen, who turns 30 this year, was found at the
        bottom of the Xincheng (New Town) River near Wangyue Bridge in
        Yangzhou, Jiangsu province, according to Yangzhou Daily.
        His hands and feet were bound, and there was a manhole cover tied to
        his body. Police inspected the scene and then sent the body to the
        forensics lab, where, after a postmortem, they concluded that Chen
        committed suicide.

        • sendtodave

          He pissed off the wrong people. That counts as suicide.

          • BiggJ

            This guy got suicided. lol

        • ShuangXi

          Where do you find these stories?

    • Kai

      I agree, there’s probably a lot of other things in massive China that I personally would consider more “interesting”.

      But at the same time, I can see why Fauna posted it.

      It’s revealing how quickly and how so many Chinese netizens believe the worst about CCTV, that the first thing they think of is not that this was a simple captioning mistake but yet another example of how CCTV fakes their news and interviews, using hired actors, and generally just makes shit up.

      It was enough for CCTV to issue a public statement.

      • BiggJ

        I understand why you guys posted it. It’s just a not a big conversation starter, I’m no internetologist or anything….but if I were you guys, I would put more stories where chinese and foreigners are on offense and defense. Like chinese did *%&$^%&%** to foreigners and foreigners did (**^%#%$@$% to chinese. Or just put one of the groups down doing stupid shit. Make even, 1 chinese for every one foreigner story. Those are the stories that get 500-1000 post. This story only has 35 comments and 90% are complaining how boring the story is. A story like this is cool 1 out of 10 maybe. I don’t know, it’s up to you guys. That’s the shit that sells. If im a drug dealer and I use to sell really good shit and now all I have are some allergy pills and head ache medicine……people will stop coming to me. You got to get the crack flowing again….so to speak. :) Odd and weird news is always good to comment on.

        • Kai

          LoL, CHINESE VS FOREIGNER CAGE MATCH! Every night at 8pm prime time!

          Yeah, I understand where you’re coming from. I think you also understand that we can’t and shouldn’t be catering to any specific audience and their preferences. So we gotta just stick to our own course. Sometimes, that’s gonna mean a translator will choose something they think is noteworthy but others don’t.

      • BiggJ


        Australian Foreigner Locked Up For a Year After Fending Off Intruders.

        This story would be interesting.

  • Dr Sun

    I keep sending the Smack interesting stories with netizen reactions, they just never run them, just stuff like this.
    Even the netizens just called this fake on mass.

    • “What is harder than rock, or softer than water Yet soft water hollows out hard rock. Persevere.” – Ovid

      I’ll get the wine ready when they post your translation

      to CS mod I politely demand you post Dr Sun’s translation. Wonder what it is about.

      • sendtodave

        “What is harder than rock”



        • no one can destroy the metal~
          the metal will strike you down with a vicious blow~

    • horse

      perhaps paste a copy of your translation with sources on Google
      docs/pastebin or an equivalent

      • or build ur own website, and try your own ;)

        • Germandude


      • Kai

        Dr Sun didn’t submit any translations, just links to stories on Yahoo, BBC, and The Guardian.

    • La Mano Gaucha

      I’ve been recently saying that many of their stories suck lately, but they don’t seem to care. That’s why I don’t bother with suggestions. They will do what they will do… It’s their site after all. At least we get the consolation of one good and two OK stories out of every five. The other two range from lame to just plain asinine (i.e. waste of bandwidth and cyberspace). Although I’ve only been posting regularly for a couple of months, I’ve been a reader since the site’s inception some five years ago. CS has been going downhill for at least a year. It just gets worse by the month, it seems.

      • sendtodave

        ” the consolation of one good and two OK stories out of every five”

        And two of those are race-bait trolls. Or, uh, laowai-bait. Whatever.

        • Kai

          You think those are the “good” posts?

      • Kai

        Repeatedly saying our stories suck isn’t really a suggestion. Not being able to satisfy you with every single translation doesn’t mean we don’t care.

        I’m not going to say I don’t think cS has had periods where I think the stories aren’t particularly compelling to me personally. However, I think objectively cS more or less covers the same sort of topics with the same sort of format. My opinion is that most people will usually find it novel at first, even eye-opening, but over time, as these topics become more familiar to them, they kinda outgrow cS.

        It’s kinda like outgrowing what your friends (read: netizens) say about something and starting to care more about what possibly more intelligent and authoritative people (read: the “experts”) say.

        That’s my read on things. Everyone is different, and you may not have outgrown cS and cS may just have become suckier to you, but I think it’s worth considering. I don’t find cS as riveting as when I first started reading it in 2008. I’ve developed certain expectations about how the average Chinese netizen will react to any given issue over the years, and sometimes I have to really open my mind to find something interesting or revealing about China and Chinese society with what translation was posted on a specific day. All I know is that when I do keep my mind open and not immediately dismiss things, I still get surprised by some of the things I can learn from what cS does.

        I obviously have a conflict of interest, but I think I’m trying to be fair here and attentive to your complaints by responding. I just don’t think it’s fair to say we don’t care just because we might disagree or not do what you want us to do.

        • La Mano Gaucha

          33 comments as of 1:18pm on April 2, 2013. That’s all I really need to say.

          • Kai

            We don’t really measure the “suckiness” of a story by how many comments it can attract. It’s just one measure amongst many others. All you need is a heated argument between two commenters or some inflammatory content to inflate a post’s comment count. Look through cS’s archives and there are tons of stories with low comment counts. If you were measuring cS going downhill in the past year on the basis of low comment counts, how is that our average comment count per post has increased from 80-something to over 100-something over the past year?

          • linette lee

            That’s a good idea. You need to do a “suckiness” meter so we can vote.

          • La Mano Gaucha

            Your verbal artifice and fluency does not hide that you often come across as a petty and defensive pedant. In spite of a few valuable lines and thoughts here and there, your posts are often too self-serving, too long and too boring. Further, your enjoyment of licking the right thumbs of those that you do not like or that disagree with your belabored points of view (which are often wrong) is not only silly, but hardly worthy of the position of a moderator. I don’t indulge in such silliness, and that is why I see no need to create an account here. Yes, some people have accounts to do other things, but that is beside the point vis-à-vis our “discussion”. I care about *real* news and reportage regarding China (and these should be news that the local populace are engaged in, of course). High-impact content was CS’s forte not too long ago, but that seems to be slipping. Regardless, the bottom line is this: you and your CS colleagues owe me nothing because this is your site and you may all do whatever you want with it; similarly, I do not owe you or CS any explanation, apology or even engagement regarding my opinion on this or any other matter. If you are a wise and secure person, then do not waste your time anymore trying to hold a “discussion” with me. I’m really not interested and probably won’t respond to you in the future… but if it makes you feel better and/or superior, then be my guest.

          • Kai

            I’m sure I do come across that way to certain people, just as you come across a certain way as well but I’m going to avoid resorting to ad hominem attacks over this.

            I have a different opinion of what “high impact content” is and whether or not it was ever cS’s “forte”. To me, the content mix is about the same as it has always been. That’s my opinion. What is it about me saying this that threatens you so much and has you so wound up?

            You say you do not owe me or cS any explanation, apology, or even engagement, yet who is demanding that of you? You post a public comment and I posted a public response. Is responding to you somehow demanding something of you?

            I don’t think responding to people makes me unwise or insecure. It seems to me that you want to express an opinion without anyone responding to it. That doesn’t make sense to me. Does a wise and secure person fear other people responding to them, and then try to intimidate them into no longer doing so?

            Come on, dude…

        • La Mano Gaucha

          But thanks for the well-considered post. :-)

    • the other guy

      Care to report any oyher news…?

    • Chang Liu

      Interesting, care to compile a selection?

    • Kai

      You’ve sent us 5 emails according to our records. We’ve covered 4 of them:

      Beijing restaurant with racist sign – on jC

      Kim Jong-un watching basketball with Dennis Rodman – on kB

      I also emailed you back about this one, cc’ing the kB editors, but you didn’t reply.

      Chinese driver posts 2 million USD bail – on cS

      Yunnan man successfully poses as government official – we didn’t cover this. I think I personally forwarded this to our translators but no one picked it up to do.

      Shanghai residents fed up with drunken laowai – on cS

      Come on, I don’t think you can say we “never” run them.

  • Tau

    Right…caption error…

  • TJDubs

    Netizen comment “Careless, saving money, and being lazy all mixed into one” describes a lot of the garbage put out by the state media apparatus. This reminds me of every time I look at a slideshow or “story” on Xinhua’s English website and get infuriated by the total absence of any semblance of intellect.

    Don’t get me wrong, though. There’s a lot of Western news that’s almost as bad.

  • commander

    It is too sad to see updates becoming more gossipy and less involved wih issues characterizing contemporary chinese.

  • sendtodave

    Name Last Name frowns on their shennanigans.

  • Beijinger in Beijing

    Let me guess why the stories on Chinasmack have been so bad lately:

    Fauna, the founder, has found her laowai “white knight in shining armor” through operating this website, and has basically abandoned this joint. She is probably planning to move to/go to school in the US or Canada or something at this point. So yeah, mission accomplished bros, no more to see here other than race baiting cesspool.

    LOL @ chinks.

    • Kai

      If race-baiting topics are popular on the Chinese internet, they’re going to appear on cS. I’ve always thought the attention they get shows just how much further we have to go as a world society.

      You seem to really hate Fauna.

  • Chang Liu

    More inane crap nobody cares about.

    • Kai

      Except the Chinese netizens apparently.

      Personally, I’d rather cS stick with reporting on what Chinese netizens are discussing rather than trying to pander to what its readers care about. Otherwise, cS would trip over itself trying to bolster the ego of insecure overseas Chinese nationalists while feeding China bashers more stories that fit their prejudices.

      • Chang Liu

        I’d like to see once in a while an opinion piece from one of the editors his/her take certain events and reactions.

        • Kai

          I can empathize with that. I really do. At the same time, I can’t force anyone to opine when they don’t feel inclined to.

          Internally, our policy is to opine in the comments because we want to avoid editorializing the subject-matter beyond what is inherently unavoidable. The whole premise of cS is for people to draw their own conclusions and hash them out with other readers, where the focus is on what Chinese netizens are looking at and saying, rather than what one blogger or translator thinks.

          • Chang Liu

            If you add the said content as vignettes wouldn’t that create an interesting format? This way if some important nuances aren’t apparent they can also be included.

          • Kai

            Just to be sure, can you elaborate on what you mean by “vignettes”?

            Our translators add explanatory or clarifying notes here and there, and some of them might provide a bit more context than others at certain times. I imagine you’re suggesting more, and I emphatically agree that sometimes it might be a net benefit if certain “important” nuances were made more readily apparent without requiring anyone to wade into the comments.

            Would you be interested in discussing this further with us? Can you email us?

          • Chang Liu

            Hey Kai I mean little speech bubble type things with short passages in them instead of hyperlinks which I am usually too lazy to click on. This way an important nuance won’t be missed because it is right next to the passage.

          • Kai

            Can you give me an example to better understand the scope of what you’re suggesting? Like show me a post where you would add such speech bubbles, where you would add them, and what you would want those speech bubbles to say.

          • Chang Liu

            Well I am thinking of books by architects such as Rem Koolhaas. He is very innovative with his formats. Check out his book ‘Content’.


          • Kai

            Hm, that’s not very helpful. It just suggests you want more visual design and presentation (though probably not the ten pages of one continuous paragraph example), which is feasible in print productions and usually appear as infographics online. You wanted to avoid missing important nuances by having them right next to the passage, so perhaps you can give me an example of a passage that needs an important nuance explicitly spelled out right next to it?

          • Chang Liu

            nono just a format where the terms aren’t linked to another page. Something that can be dynamically displayed in the current page would be awesome.