Wednesday, August 9, 2017

VPN Ban to Close Loophole of The Great Firewall

By Asia Pop Culture

Citing 'people familiar with the matter', Bloomberg reported last month that China’s government has told telecommunications carriers like China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom to block individuals’ access to virtual private networks (VPNs) by Feb. 1, 2018.

Monday, July 31, 2017

A Giant Panda-Shaped Solar Farm Opens in China

By Asia Pop Culture

China just built a 250-acre solar farm in the shape of a giant panda opening to the public this week outside of Datong (大同市) in Shanxi province (山西省).  This massive plant is actually built by Panda Green Energy funded partly by the United Nations Development Fund.  Once completed, the plant will provide upwards of 100 megawatts of clean energy.  It was announced that the project's first stage was already operational last month.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Nobody Can "Porra China" and Get Away with It

By Asia Pop Culture

After Audi AG, here is another one trying the patience of Chinese citizens (and Beijing).  ESPN reports that Chelsea Football Club (Chelsea FC) winger Kenedy has been sent home early from the club's pre-season Asia tour after posting insulting comments about China on social media.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Only in China: 102 Rules of "Forbidden Words"

By Asia Pop Culture

Two days after Winnie the Pooh was banned on Chinese social media,  Xinhua, China's state-run news agency, reiterated an extensive list of "forbidden words" (in Chinese) first released in July 2016.   Of course, this is just a "gentle reminder" to watch your month (and writing).

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Fierce Backlash from a Sexist Audi Commercial in China

By Asia Pop Culture

Audi AG had to issue an official apology for a controversial commercial in China. The Germany-based auto company is part of the Volkswagen Group, the world's largest automaker. Why is a used car commercial causing fierce backlash on social media in China?  Watch the video below (with English subtitle) and you be the judge.