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‘Worker Lives Matter’ campaign challenges grueling ‘996’ corporate culture in China

996 culture

Disgruntled employees who’ve had enough of China’s hellish “996” culture are protesting against excessive work hours with a campaign called “Worker Lives Matter.”

No more: In order to combat 996, which stand for working from 9 a.m to 9 p.m. six days a week, anonymous Chinese office workers created and shared a spreadsheet called “WorkingTime” that allowed professionals to record their daily hours, number of workdays, job descriptions and lunch breaks, according to Bloomberg.

Local Pakistanis attack Chinese tile company workers for allegedly insulting Prophet Muhammad

Pakistan locals attack

In Faisalabad, Pakistan, local residents physically attacked employees of a Chinese tile manufacturing company for disrespecting the Prophet Muhammad. 

 What happened: In a viral video released by Zee News on Oct. 13, local Pakistanis are seen storming the premises of Time Ceramics Limited and attacking the company’s workers for allegedly insulting the Prophet Muhammad.

13-year-old girl who pretended to be a boy to get into a Chinese pop group is being compared to Mulan

girl lied

Social media users have compared a girl who lied about her gender to enter into China’s boy band industry to the Chinese legendary folk heroine, Mulan.

Gender outed: Fu Jiayuan, 13, pretended to be a boy so she could become a member of the training program for the group YGN Youth Club, according to BBC. The company only trains pre-teen boys aged between 11 and 13 to molds them into future idols.

Chinese film depicting the ‘War to Resist American Aggression’ may be 2021’s world box office king

Chinese film box office

A new war film commissioned by the Chinese government is raking in a record amount of money at the Chinese box office and is en route to becoming the world’s top-grossing film of 2021.

What the movie is about: The “Battle at Lake Changjin” is a three-hour-long epic that depicts the brutal 17-day battle between China’s People’s Volunteer Army (PVA) and the U.S. X Corps in North Korea during the Korean War.

‘Xenophobic weapons’: Emerson College and conservative group fight over ‘China Kinda Sus’ stickers

Emerson College sticker

Emerson College officials are investigating Turning Point USA (TPUSA), a conservative nonprofit group from the college’s Boston campus, for handing out stickers that allegedly criticized the Chinese government.

What happened: The stickers, which contain a character from the mobile game “Among Us” and the words “China Kinda Sus [slang for suspicious],” were meant to criticize the Chinese Community Party and not Chinese people, Sam Neves, the president of TPUSA – Emerson, told The College Fix.

Taiwanese teacher pissed off over inattentive students does what other teachers can only dream of doing

Taiwanese teacher flips desks

A Taiwanese teacher went viral on TikTok after a video was uploaded of her flipping tables inside her classroom during what appears to be an emotional outburst following the reopening of classes.

About the video: The viral clip shows the teacher, who is in her 30s, taking out her frustration on several desks in a high school in Taichung on Sept. 13, according to AsiaOne.

China ‘fully able’ to invade Taiwan by 2025, Taipei defense chief says amid worst tensions in 40 years

Taiwan relations with China

Taiwanese defense minister Chiu Kuo-cheng believes China will be able to launch a “full-scale” invasion of Taiwan by 2025, noting that current tensions are the “toughest” he has seen in over four decades.

Driving the news: Chiu made the assessment at a parliamentary meeting Wednesday, days after Beijing sent 150 warplanes to the self-governed island’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). The area is international airspace but Taipei considers it a buffer, according to AP News.

‘I have nothing left to live for’: Evergrande meeting descends into chaos as investor pulls knife and threatens to kill herself

Evergrande video

A compilation video that shows desperate investors confronting Evergrande staff amid the company’s financial issues has gone viral on Chinese social media platform Weibo.

The confrontation: The 10-minute-long video was published on Sept. 29 to Weibo by local news site Xing Tai Shen Bian Shi, who did not specify when and where the videos were taken, according to Insider.

Some Chinese parents are paying as much as $50 an hour to have their children tutored for jump roping

jump rope exam

Many Chinese parents are enrolling their children in jump rope schools that cost $50 an hour in the hopes of landing scholarships through China’s national jump rope exams.

No longer a playground activity: The Chinese government introduced physical education requirements, including a national jump rope exam in 2014, according to the Wall Street Journal.

China begins crackdown on kids’ shows with ban on popular Japanese series ‘Ultraman Tiga’

children shows and cartoons get the crackdown

The Chinese government’s crackdown on entertainment continues with its most recent announcement of an upcoming ban on certain cartoons and other made-for-children programs. 

End to animation?: On Friday, China’s National Radio and Television Administration released a statement on its website announcing the prohibition of children’s shows that contain “any mention of violence, blood, vulgarity or pornography,” reported CNN

China lists 100 times the US ‘interfered’ in Hong Kong

China releases listicle

China put up a website on Friday that lists more than 100 times the U.S. has “interfered” in Hong Kong and includes the names of government officials who allegedly facilitated the city’s “destabilization.” 

What’s in it: The “fact sheet,” titled “U.S. Interference in Hong Kong Affairs and Support for Anti-China, Destabilizing Forces,” was published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). It lists 102 actions from both the Biden and Trump administrations dating back to early 2019.