China (Global Voices) – Teasing the bride and groom on their wedding day is part of Chinese marriage custom. However, in recent years, that custom has been twisted in an alarming way in mainland China to include groomsmen sexually assaulting bridesmaids. The trend is in the spotlight thanks to two recent cases. The first is a viral video (content is disturbing) circulating on Chinese social media. The video shows a bridesmaid being restrained and sexually assaulted by two men in a vehicle in Xi’an city. The woman screams and struggles while the two men forcibly take off her underwear, laugh and command her to “make sex Read MoreRead More
China (Sputnik) – Visitors to a zoo in Northwest China’s Shaanxi Province have been sneaking over its walls with help from locals to avoid paying full price for a ticket – despite the death of a tourist who similarly snuck into another zoo earlier this year. The group of locals has been charging tight-wad tourists around half the 100 yuan ($16) entrance fee to Qinling Wildlife Park just outside the city of Xi’an. A woman peddling binoculars at the zoo’s main gate offered reporters from the local Chinese Business View access to the park for 60 yuan. The secret entrance involved being taken to a village adjacent to the park and Read MoreRead More
China (GV) – Parenting issues have always been a hot topic on Hong Kong social media. Recently, a video interview clip in which Cantopop diva Miriam Yeung touched upon her parenting experience has gone viral online and sparked another round of debates. The interview was conducted in 2015, but reappeared online as a short clip about two weeks ago. In the video, Yeung described how she stopped her son from developing tastes that are considered stereotypically girlish, including liking Elsa, a character in the Disney hit “Frozen”: Whenever he expresses his liking of Elsa, I scold him. He is a boy, Read MoreRead More
China (Sputnik) – Agents have found a clever way to ease anxious Chinese parents worried about marital prospects for their sons: rent a stand-in for a weekend. Bachelors have relied on the service in the past, but this year “business is booming,” China’s Global Times reported. Rising prices indicate surging demand, and this year women can earn 3,000 renminbi, or roughly $500, for a two-day, one-night stay with a bachelor and his parents. Parents and agents alike are cashing in on bachelors’ desires to put on a good show when visiting Mom and Dad. “Legitimate” matchmakers have imposed stronger rules on renters who want increasingly refined women to take home, Read MoreRead More
If the movin’ and shakin’s of the Luck Plane are any indication it appears 2017 will be a defining point in the death of large political collectives in favor of smaller and smaller sects, a never ending war of 10,000 fronts fought not for dominance but for vendetta.
Already a major omen has predicted absolute disaster for the year ahead, a failure in a re-occuring miracle that’s correctly warned of everything from earthquakes to World War 2. This alone was enough to set wizards and witches scurrying for cover; not to be outdone the material world has provided its own trends to study.Read More
It is an open secret that some online finance service platforms are asking female debtors to give them nude photos in exchange for a loan, or to extend the deadline of debt payment. Now, with the leaking of female debtors’ nude photos and videos online — thanks to the circulation of a 10-gigabytes file on the Chinese internet — the alarm has been sounded.
The zipped file contains photos and sex tapes of at least 161 women, the majority of which are college students between 17 to 23 years of age. Along with the visual materials are chat records and identity information — including relatives’ names and personal particulars.Read More
As a Hongkonger, I personally experienced the Umbrella Movement which started in 2014, the historically largest social movement in Hong Kong in terms of duration, location and reach and also very much empowered by digital media.
In the last few years, your Facebook news feed must have been clogged with videos about the Ice Bucket Challenge, news about the Arab Spring, rainbow icons for supporting the legalization of homosexual marriage in the US and, recently, French flag icons for supporting Paris and against terrorist attacks. Regardless of whether you are a digital migrant or a digital native in either the Western or Eastern Hemisphere, you have probably engaged in at least one social movement through the digital world. In the digital age, these social movements have certainly aroused and sparked political and social debates and further actions locally and internationally through the digital power of the Internet, social media and mobile media.Read More