Monthly Archives: April 2014

People’s Daily demands rectification of parody Twitter account (UPDATED)

Sometimes Chinese state-run media do something so tone-deaf, so ham-fisted, that you wonder if you’ve accidentally been reading the Onion. Like they apparently do. Enter the tweet below.

Some background on this beauty: The Relevant Organs is a parody Twitter account that tweets in the collective voice of the Chinese Communist Party. It’s been running since 2010, and it’s absolutely hilarious in its skewering of Chinese officialdom, Western views of China, and everything in between. Not sure who’s behind it, but guessing a former China journalist(s) who’s amazing at dinner parties.

The People’s Daily, meanwhile, which lists itself on Twitter as “the largest newspaper group in China,” somehow forgetting to mention the whole “directly controlled by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China” thing, seems to have just now discovered the existence of the Relevant Organs. And they are not happy. Continue reading

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Your Daily Panda: Sad TV panda makes emotional recovery

cute panda selfie

And now, your daily panda. This is Sijia, who made a lot of news last week when keepers at the Yunnan Wild Animal Park installed a TV and playground to help cheer her up. She was depressed after her panda bestie Meixi was moved to another zoo. And what was on TV? My Love from the Star? Actually, it showed videos of Sijia and Meixi playing together. I have to say, as a human, that actually seems like it might be more depressing–reminding you of how much fun you had with your friend, which then just reinforces the fact that you’re all alone now, crying into your bamboo.

But apparently, it works for pandas. As proof, there’s a new set of photos of Sijia looking all sunshiny again, including the one above.

(Source, in Chinese)

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The Company Man: a sequel (of sorts) to the FBI’s Game of Pawns

As newbies to the world of FBI-produced docudramas, the China Girls were excited to find out that there is a sequel, kind of, to Game of Pawns. No, we don’t get the further adventures of Voiceover Glenn Shriver. But, we do get to see another American get snagged in the web of Chinese espionage.

The Company Man looks grittier than its predecessor, and the protagonist looks less clueless and more tortured. And if you look closely, you’ll recognize a familiar face in the trailer…SPOILERS…

Yes, it’s Mr. Wu (now Wei)! [Insert obscure Taoist non-action joke here.]

In any case, we look forward to watching and recapping The Company Man…when it eventually comes out. We learned from Sean Paul Murphy, the screenwriter for both movies, that it could be a while before the FBI releases it publicly.

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by | April 22, 2014 · 6:53 pm

Recapping the FBI Game of Pawns “Don’t Be a Spy, Kids” Movie

So, yesterday we discovered that the FBI had made an “after school special” type of movie warning young Americans against becoming accidental spies recruited by the Chinese government, which we think is overall a good message. The movie is a “ripped from the headlines” story based on the unfortunate real-life case of Glenn Duffie Shriver, who first went to China as a study-abroad student and was eventually recruited by the Chinese Ministry of State Security.

Ying and I decided to watch and recap the 28-min movie, so you wouldn’t have to. Sure, there’s an official transcript. But we’re much more fun. Actually, as soon as we first clicked on the YouTube video and heard the wise old Chinese man voiceover, we knew this was going to be a keeper. Enjoy. Continue reading

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