McRefugees, Rapists, Kissing, & Korean Expo Concert Chaos

Chinese McRefugees.

Chinese McRefugees.

Some recent interesting translated Chinese internet content you should not miss:

Homeless Chinese in Shanghai sleeping in fast food restaurants at night

In many big cities of China, there are many people who may have jobs but are still homeless. Each night, they will try to sleep in 24-hour fast food restaurants like McDonald’s or in internet bars where the price to use the computer all night is cheap. Last March, a young McDonald’s worker was stabbed and killed when he confronted a homeless man who was trying to spend the night in the 24-hour fast food restaurant. This brought a lot of attention to this phenomenon. A translated Southern Weekly article from Shanghaiist.

Shanghai university building originally named after rapist now unnamed

Last month, we reported that Song Shanmu, the well-known and hairy founder of a Chinese multinational education company, was arrested for allegedly raping his female employees. Recently, the East China Normal University in Shanghai was seen removing his name from the side of a building named after him in appreciation of his donations to the school. Translation of a news article from EastSouthWestNorth.

A creative kissing contest in Xian

Over ten couples, including some that were complete strangers, participate in a “creative kissing challenge” in Xian. Photos and some translated Chinese netizen comments from Veggie Discourse.

Internet photos lead to arrest of man who sexually assaulted mentally handicapped woman

Shenzhen police do their job. A video of a news report and a translated news article from EastSouthWestNorth. The news report video is on YouTube. If you cannot see it in China, we recommend trying a VPN service. The same news report can also be found on Youku where it has been viewed over 900k times.

The 2010 World Expo Korean concert controversy

Many young Chinese people are big fans of Korean pop music and pop music stars, especially girls who can be very passionate, crazy, and mentally retarded. Recently, the Korean Pavilion at the current 2010 World Expo in China hosted a concert that included the very popular Korean boy band Super Junior, and offered free tickets to Chinese Expo visitors. Unfortunately, not everyone who wanted a ticket got a ticket and there was big trouble. But what happened? A collection and comparison of translated Hong Kong and mainland China news reports, with photos and videos, from EastSouthWestNorth.

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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.


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