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China health chief warns against ‘skin-to-skin contact with foreigners’ amid first case of monkeypox

  • Wu Zunyou, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s chief epidemiologist, announced on Weibo on Saturday that China now has one case of monkeypox after it “slipped through the net” despite tight COVID-19 restrictions.
  • Wu listed five recommendations in his Weibo post, with the first one igniting controversy on the social media platform.
  • “To prevent possible monkeypox infection and as part of our healthy lifestyle, it is recommended that 1) you do not have direct skin-to-skin contact with foreigners,” he wrote.
  • “This is a bit like when the pandemic began, when some people overseas avoided any Chinese people they saw out of fear," one user commented, criticizing Wu’s message. “I don't believe these two things have any scientific basis, they are too broad and will exacerbate public panic."
  • "When the pandemic first began, some of our foreign friends stood up and used our own platforms to tell everybody, 'Chinese people are not the virus,'" another Weibo user wrote.

A senior Chinese health official recently warned people on social media not to touch foreigners as the country reported its first case of monkeypox.

In a Weibo post on Saturday, Wu Zunyou, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s chief epidemiologist, announced that China now has one case of monkeypox that “slipped through the net” despite tight COVID-19 restrictions.

Woman sparks outrage in China after throwing puppy out fourth-floor window during fight

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  • In a viral video circulating on Chinese social media, a woman pushes a Labrador retriever out of a window from her fourth-floor apartment window during an argument with her husband.
  • The dog was injured after landing on a car below. It has since recovered from its injuries, according to reports.
  • The car owner, identified as Yang, told the couple to take their wounded dog to the vet. He also decided to bring them adoption paperwork for the dog.
  • The incident has sparked national outrage in China, with many Weibo users condemning the couple’s behavior.
  • Although China has a law that protects wild animals, the country has no national law that prohibits the abuse of other animals, including pets.

A woman in Beijing threw a dog out of a fourth-floor window during an argument with her husband. 

In a viral video circulating on Chinese social media, a woman is seen pushing a Labrador retriever out of a window from her fourth-floor apartment. The dog was injured after landing on a car below.

GOT7’s Jackson Wang cuts off livestream after learning fans are giving him money

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  • Jackson Wang abruptly stopped his livestream after learning that his fans were giving him virtual gift stickers paid for with real cash.
  • The 29-year-old GOT7 member was promoting his “MAGIC MAN” album on TikTok Live on Sept. 6 when he noticed the stickers kept popping up on his screen.
  • After fans viewing the stream explained what they were, the Hong Kong-born K-pop star immediately ended his livestream.
  • The “Blue” singer went live again shortly after that, but with the gift-giving feature turned off.
  • He also went live on Weibo, where he interacted with his fans while signing posters.

GOT7 member Jackson Wang quickly cut off his livestream after learning that his fans kept giving him virtual gifts paid with real money.

The 29-year-old Hong Kong-born K-pop star was promoting his new album “MAGIC MAN” on TikTok Live on Sept. 6 when his fans suddenly started flooding his livestream with virtual gifts in the form of stickers.

Chinese boy who went viral for correcting planetarium’s mistakes now teaching astronomy to classmates

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  • A Chinese boy who previously went viral for correcting a mistake at a planetarium is now teaching astronomy at his school.
  • While exploring a planetarium in July, the boy discovered that an educational film about the Long March rockets contained numerous inaccuracies.
  • A video went viral of the boy pointing out the mistakes in frustration.
  • At the opening ceremony for the new school year, the boy was invited to teach his classmates about astronomy and space science.
  • The boy hopes to teach more astronomy lessons to his classmates.

A 9-year-old boy in China who previously went viral for pointing out inaccuracies in a video shown at a planetarium is now teaching astronomy to his classmates.

The boy, Yan Hongsen, went viral in July after a video showed him pointing out several inaccuracies in an educational film about the Long March rockets that was shown at a planetarium.

Sorry in advance: Mother and child in China pass out earplugs and candy on plane to fellow passengers before takeoff

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To apologize in advance for any noise her toddler may make during a flight, a Chinese mother and her 20-month-old son handed out 100 gift bags containing candy and ear plugs to passengers.

The mother, surnamed Wang, and her son, who reside in Jilin province of northeastern China, have gone viral for a video on Weibo showing the two handing out goody bags during the flight. Wang prepared the gift bags prior to their departure from Taiyuan, Shanxi province in northern China. 

Hong Kong-based food critic says Japanese omakase ‘treats diners like idiots’

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  • Hong Kong-based food critic Lam Chua is under fire for describing the Japanese omakase dining experience as treating “diners like idiots.”
  • Following his comments, a Chinese newspaper columnist criticized the food critic.
  • Although the columnist recognized Lam’s expertise, he stated that Lam has little experience dining at top restaurants in Japan.
  • Lam believes that food must have value and a reasonable price.

A Singapore-born food critic in Hong Kong has been criticized for stating that Japanese omakase chefs treat “diners like idiots.”

In a post uploaded to Weibo on Aug. 22, food writer and TV personality Lam Chua, 82, expressed his disappointment in the Japanese omakase dining experience. He added that he has “an issue” with the chef choosing the dishes throughout the entire course. 

Video of 6-year-old Chinese girl crying after being told she looks like her father goes viral

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  • A 6-year-old girl in China has gone viral after complaining that she is unhappy with resembling her father rather than her mother.
  • When a family friend commented that the girl looks like her father, she apparently became embarrassed and began to cry.
  • The mother explained that her daughter believes she won’t be pretty with her father’s looks.

After being told that she resembles her father, a 6-year-old girl in China expressed disappointment and embarrassment for not taking after her mother’s appearance.

The unnamed girl from Suqian, Jiangsu province of eastern China, was seen on video bursting into tears and complaining to her mother that she is not happy with her looks being compared to her father’s. 

That’s ba-na-nas: China’s censoring of ‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ gets ridiculed online

  • Chinese national censors have altered the ending to the animated movie “Minions: The Rise of Gru,” by adding a minute-long addendum explaining what had happened to the characters after the events of the film.
  • Wild Knuckles was said to have been caught and sentenced to 20 years in prison, where he “pursued his love of acting and started his own theater troupe.”
  • Meanwhile, Gru, his partner in crime, was described as having “returned to his family” while “his biggest accomplishment is being the father to his three girls.”
  • Online, people have mocked the censorship, comparing the addendum to a PowerPoint presentation.

In China, viewers hoping to catch the latest animated “Despicable Me” installment, “Minions: The Rise of Gru,” were shown a censored alternative ending. 

Theatergoers uploaded images to Weibo of an addendum to the film’s ending by Chinese national censors describing what happened to the characters, altering the original ending which showed Wild Knuckles faking his death to evade capture and riding off with Gru. 

Chinese boy is caught on video trying to hide homework in display refrigerator at store

chinese boy tries to hide homework
  • A boy in China was caught trying to hide his homework in a display refrigerator at a shopping center in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province.
  • The boy takes out a notebook from his backpack and quickly leaves it in the freezer while checking that no one around him is watching.
  • A store employee discovered the notebook and identified the boy through CCTV.
  • The boy and his mother returned to the store and the notebook was handed back along with a complimentary box of stationary.

CCTV footage in China caught a little boy hiding his homework in a display refrigerator at a shopping mall.

On Aug. 16 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province of eastern China, a young boy kneels in front of what appears to be a display refrigerator inside of a store. He pulls a notebook out of his backpack as he cautiously checks his surroundings. He then quickly places it inside the display refrigerator and walks away. 

Girl in China seen weeping, begging for forgiveness in front of Confucius statue after bad test score

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  • A young girl in southern China was spotted on her knees crying while begging a Confucius statue for forgiveness after she received a poor test result.
  • The man who reportedly witnessed the moment on Saturday evening stated that she murmured something about dishonoring her parents.
  • A video of the unidentified girl has received over 6.7 million views and 129,000 likes on Weibo since it was uploaded on Sunday.

On Saturday evening in southern China, a young girl was filmed weeping in front of a Confucius statue and begging for forgiveness after receiving a bad test score.

The viral video of the girl shared to Weibo on Sunday was purportedly captured by a man surnamed Chen in Foshan, Guangdong province. The girl can be seen kneeling in front of the statue as she cries.

‘Is it wrong that I like anything?’: Anime fan in China says she was interrogated by police for wearing kimono

A woman in China claims that she was detained and interrogated by police after they spotted her wearing a white kimono while taking photos in Suzhou, China. 

The woman posted about the alleged incident on Weibo. She had cosplayed as the main character from the Japanese manga series “Summer Time Rendering,” for which she wore a white kimono with flowers and a long, blonde wig.

Jolin Tsai loses 270K followers after not sharing ‘There is only one China’ post following Pelosi’s Taiwan visit

  • Taiwanese singer Jolin Tsai purportedly lost around 270,000 Weibo followers for not sharing China Central Television (CCTV) News’ “One China” post after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan on Aug. 2.
  • On Monday, fans noticed that the 41-year-old’s follower count on Weibo dropped from 43 million to 42.73 million.
  • Tsai’s personal page was reportedly bombarded by hateful messages criticizing her for “supporting Taiwan’s independence.”
  • Besides Tsai, other celebrities living overseas were also called out on Weibo for not sharing CCTV News’ “One China” post, including Jay Chou, JJ Lin, Hebe Tien and Michelle Yeoh.

Taiwanese singer Jolin Tsai purportedly lost around 270,000 Weibo followers after not sharing a post that declares “There is only one China” days after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.

The backlash started after China Central Television (CCTV) News took down its Aug. 4 post promoting the music radio show “Shi Jian De Ge” and calling the 41-year-old singer’s hit song “Womxnly” a “solace for the youth.”