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The Viral Week That Was: Ep 82

Chinese anime, Yao Ming's sweater, Wang Sicong does it again and the kung fu slap: it's Viral Week


*The Viral Week That Was is our weekly round-up of the previous week’s trending memes, humor, rumor, gossip, and everything else Chinese netizens are chatting about. Think of this as a nicotine patch to help ease yourself into the working week after suckling on the smokey teat of the weekend.

How are you all? Hope everyone has fully recovered from the hectic weekend and are ready for some pathogenic fun. Coming up on today’s Viral Week, we bring you Chinese iPhone peculiarities, Yao Ming’s humongous jersey, and Middle Kingdom anime. But first…



The likes of Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, and Jet Li have opened many eyes to the majestic, brutal, and sometimes comedic values of kung fu. Unfortunately, whilst prominent on the silver screen, martial arts of this kind are rarely seen in real life.

But recently, a video was posted online that showed two people in the midst of an argument deciding to use their respective kung fu training to determine the victor.

According to the video, both men are known to be experts at martial arts, with taichi being their preference.

Contrary to expectations, what viewers were privy to was not a fine demonstration of ancient Chinese combat. Instead, the situation quickly devolved into copious use of circling methods and open-handed strikes—in other words, slapping.

The “fight” ended with both showing some accusatory finger wagging and both parties leaving with their handbags stowed away and reputations firmly intact.



Following the launch of the iPhone 7, a company in Henan Province issued a statement to all employees urging them NOT to purchase the new Apple product.

In fact, the company threatened to sack anyone caught using the newest model, stating that “if you have enough money to buy the new Apple phone, then you should spend it to benefit your family”.

The notice itself was given to employees on September 18, a tragic day in Chinese history as it marks the anniversary of a Japanese military strike against northeastern China.


Conveniently lists the pricing [china.org.cn]

The company claims that it was simply reminding employees to not focus too much on material goods. Workers believe that those who have already purchased the new phone will not be acted against.



Last year, we met Keke, the Alaskan Malamute of Wang Sicong, son of one of China’s richest men Wang Jianlin. At that time, Keke was still living a fairly reserved lifestyle with only two of his four limbs decked out with Apple watches.


Modesty goes a long way [Weibo]

Apparently, this was a huge loss of face for Keke. According to rumors (spread by me), he was teased repeatedly by his friends and many simply refused to return his calls.

Luckily for Keke, his owner has rectified this situation with an iPhone 7 (well, eight of them).


Started from the bottom now I’m here [Weibo via The Telegraph]

No more ridicule and shame, Keke is now the envy of almost all of the Chinese population as he has far exceeded their living standards. His embarrassment of riches has already led to millions of fans and his pick of the bitches (presumably).



Just recently, former NBA All-Star and Shanghai native, Yao Ming, was introduced into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, becoming the first Chinese player ever to do so.


Not many people can make Shaquille O’Neal feel small [Weibo]

Now, Yao will have his jersey number retired by the Houston Rockets, according to Chinese media.

Yao’s number 11 jersey has not been used since his retirement from the game and sources say that the Rockets plan to official hoist Yao’s jersey up to the banners around the next Chinese New Year.


FYI, Yao is not jumping in this photo [Weibo]

Many have criticized Yao’s induction into the Hall of Fame, citing his lack of accomplishments in the NBA. Others counter with that fact that the China market was opened by Yao for the NBA. Meanwhile, Yao’s response was classic.


The perfect response [NetEase]


Japanese viewers were witness to a brand new anime series recently. Named Hitori No Shita: The Outcast, readers may be forgiven for mistaking this for your run-of-the-mill anime.

Hitori No Shita is in fact a Chinese production based on a manhua (Yi Ren Zhi Xia). The makers admit that they were influenced by Japanese animation, but insist that the plot and characters draw heavily from traditional Chinese elements.

Unfortunately, the reaction from Japanese audiences have been lukewarm at best, with comments ranging from “boring” to “low budget” to “nothing distinctly Chinese”.

The anime tells the story of a young college student who is attacked by zombie. Afterwards he soon finds himself the holder of powers that could save the human race.

Negotiations are being made for European and American distribution so this could be hitting you in the near future.

Until then, here’s the promo.


Missed last week’s? Here it is!

Cover image from Weibo via The Telegraph

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