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Chinese Netizens Are Asking: Have You Spoken Decently Today?

How the “yin-yang tone” of Chinese netizens turns praise into criticism and sincerity into satire

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Desperate Illiterates: How Chinese Netizens Rip Celebrities for Their Ignorance

Chinese netizens are ripping a new generation of young celebrities to shreds for their less-than-stellar performances in various interviews

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Keep Elegant and Retreat: Top Memes and Slang of 2022

In a year that saw Covid frustrations and viral trends, here are the words and phrases netizens invented to talk about it all

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Staying Negative: New Covid Policies Bring Memes Aplenty

The Chinese internet has exploded with people sharing their positive Covid-19 tests, and joking about what to do next

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How Netizens Adapt Lu Xun to Modern Problems

What if the renowned 20th-century writer was alive to splurge on Singles’ Day?

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How Gen Z is Changing Work Culture...by Speaking Up

Challenging everything from overtime work to abusive bosses, can China’s “post-00s” really rewrite workplace norms?

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Netizen Takes on Fallen Celebs

When police detained Li Yifeng, his fans took to social media to vent

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“Retreat!”—Chinese Netizens’ New Catchphrase Against Frustration

How netizens are repurposing a “spell” from middle-aged aunties to ward off daily evils

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‘Hottest’ Slang of a Record-Breaking Summer

Faced with extreme temperatures all over China and the world, netizens have invented new ways to complain about the heat

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Getting Mouthy: How Chinese Netizens Made Memes from Censorship

Why is the internet full of the character 口 (mouth)?

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