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China social trends & online media watcher | Sinologist | Editor-in-chief @whatsonweibo | Japan Studies | Hotpot Ambassador 🔥
Nov 27 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
Happening on Twitter at the moment at a time of unrest/protests taking place in various places across China. When trying to find the latest posts on situations in various places (in Chinese), you get endless streams of nonsense ads preventing quick access to actual information. Fyi many pointed out that this is not new & has been around for longer, others such as @dong_mengyu pointed out that the frequency has changed / became more extreme during these past days. Let's check back later (unless @twitter does something about it).👇
Nov 23 • 8 tweets • 3 min read
Videos circulating on social media show riots and unrest at Zhengzhou Foxconn, where workers are fed up working during a mismanaged Covid outbreak and feel cheated by the company. As the topic is restricted on Weibo, some wonder if they were shooting a movie there.. More videos posted in the context of Foxconn unrest in Zhengzhou also show some people being beaten and some who are injured.
Sep 1 • 11 tweets • 4 min read
Some scenes from Chengdu before city-wide lockdown. This lady apparently ran to the supermarket straight from the hairdressers' place. Priorities.
Aug 26 • 11 tweets • 4 min read
The past 48 hours have been incredibly intense for those in Chongqing's Beibei District, where thousands of people joined the fight against the wildfires on Thursday. To contain the forest fire, it was about "fighting the fire with fire" (以火灭火), a sometimes risky tactic that turned out to be decisive in stopping further spread of the fire at Mt Jinyun.
Aug 4 • 13 tweets • 4 min read
China's military drills around Taiwan are a Chinese social media 'spectacle', besides raw footage there are also edited videos with cinematic music flying all around Weibo. Some by state media, also many by netizens. Official video by state broadcaster CCTV
Jun 11 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
Everyone is talking about an outburst of violence against female customers at a Tangshan BBQ restaurant that happened on Friday morning. This moment shows how one of the guys involved smashes this woman, seemingly only realizing moments later it is his own partner. Another moment during this messy fight capturing the attention of netizens: this lady tries to help out as she sees another woman being kicked and beaten, but her partner holds her back and walks away.
Apr 11 • 4 tweets • 3 min read
Top trending on Weibo today: "Why Can't People Infected with Covid-19 Isolate at Home?" (新冠感染者为什么不能居家隔离). The hashtag, initiated by Chinese media, was meant to explain why mandatory centralized isolation really is the best. Of 3405 comments, only 9 were viewable. It's not so much that many people oppose centralized quarantine, it's just that the situations at many Shanghai facilities are so bad: lack of supplies, lack of staff, lack of hygiene. These photos were posted on Weibo by a Shanghai resident quarantined in Pudong today.
Apr 9 • 11 tweets • 4 min read
The situation is Shanghai is difficult and messy, for those at quarantine sites, and for those at home. So many videos circulating online these days. This video was posted on Weibo to show the chaotic situation a quarantine location in Pudong. At the same time, people required to go out to get tested complain that 2-metre social distancing rules are not being respected at all, and they fear getting covid while getting tested for covid under these conditions.
Apr 4 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
Videos surfacing on Chinese social media today show chaotic scenes from the Nanhui covid19 quarantine location, where people were fighting over resources. On social media, people who have family at the site express concerns that people are left to fight for supplies (water, food, blankets) without any proper supervision.
Apr 1 • 8 tweets • 3 min read
This maskless, smoking guy in Shanghai seemed to be on a mission for trouble amidst epidemic panic and he ended up going viral on Chinese social media today. Can't post full video here due to length but the guy - who claimed not to be aware of Shanghai lockdown 🙄 - ends up being taken away. He seemed determined not to be stopped but couldn't win this one.
Mar 27 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
As Shanghai lockdowns are announced, the panic buying seems to have started. (video circulating on Wechat) Supermarket in Pudong, Shanghai.
Mar 27 • 6 tweets • 3 min read
There is this viral trend on Chinese social media in which people are doing this 'thank you' song and dance for healthcare workers. But many condemn the hype, saying these workers are tired enough already, why make them watch your performance (that's all about clicks & attention) What started with some cute kids doing their thank you dance has snowballed into teenagers and entire groups putting up a show in front of covid19 tables.
Jan 29 • 11 tweets • 5 min read
A Douyin vlogger exposed the living conditions of this mother of eight in a small village in Xuzhou. Heartbreaking and inhumane - she was literally chained up and left out in the cold. Full story here: whatsonweibo.com/mother-of-eigh… ImageImage The story has led to a social media storm, with some expressing their anger through art and images. ImageImage
Jan 25 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
What are they fighting about? It's about a vibrating device that was installed by the lady downstairs to take revenge on her noisy upstairs neighbors. It can drive people crazy and the noise can make them dizzy (and apparently very agressive)... The device is called a 'Floor Shaker' (震楼器) and is sold on Taobao and elsewhere as a magical tool to get back at your noisy upstairs neigbors by making their floor vibrate, creating a quiet environment for you and your family 😂 ImageImage
Sep 10, 2021 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
This scene featuring a room inspection team at a vocational college could be straight from a Tarantino movie - but these girls from Heilongjiang apparently just really like to go about their duties in gang-style. The video has become a viral hit on Chinese social media. And this incident, of course, led to some creative illustrations mocking the room inspection squad. Like this one.
Jul 20, 2021 • 27 tweets • 11 min read
The videos shared on Chinese social media about the floodings in Henan following the heavy rain really show the severity of the situation. These are some of them. Subway passengers trapped in the water.
Sep 24, 2020 • 5 tweets • 3 min read
The hashtag "Chinese COVID-19 Vaccine Proven to Be Successful" (#中国新冠疫苗已被证明有效#) attracted 460 million clicks on Weibo this week, the news was hosted by the National Business Daily (每日经济新闻) quoting WHO Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan. But here's the problem: Image The quote by Dr. Swaminathan used in this news is the following ("some of their [vaccine] candidates have proven to be successful in clinical trials"), that was published by CGTN in the video below.
Sep 15, 2020 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
Due to anti-virus measures, some Chinese universities have a 'closed campus', making it hard for students to leave the campus to go out. What to do on a boring night in the dorm? How about turning it into a catwalk! This guy nails it. Sometimes, boredom brings out the best in people.
Jul 24, 2020 • 13 tweets • 5 min read
From what I'm reading, people are hanging around the American embassy in Chengdu waiting for document-burning smoke to appear. (CONSULATE of course, sorry)
Jun 13, 2020 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
Just in on Weibo - scenes showing the chaos after a tank truck explosion in Wenling, Zhejiang. This appears to be bystander footage of the enormous oil truck tanker explosion that took place earlier today, being shared on Weibo now.
Apr 21, 2020 • 6 tweets • 4 min read
During #COVID19, there is a lot of great scholarly (China) content (journal articles & ebooks) temporarily available for FREE on MUSE. Enough reasons to stay at home! Check: 👇 about.muse.jhu.edu/resources/free… For example, "How China Sees the World: Han-Centrism and the Balance of Power in International Politics" (2018), link: muse.jhu.edu/book/62974 Image