THE VIRAL WEEK THAT WAS: PART 8
It was another busy week for Chinese social media: news surrounding the Kunming terrorist attack dominated the blogosphere.; Russia and the United States went to war on Sina Weibo; a cute gif of a baby panda being saved by its mother went viral; and an email written by a Chinese learner caused laughter among tens of thousands of Chinese. Finally, we have a music video of “Let It Go”, the Frozen song that is sung in 26 Chinese dialects–understand all these and you a true master of Chinese dialects in all their diversity.
1. Panda Cuteness
A gif of a baby panda in a zoo in Taiwan being dragged away by its mother got nearly 20,000 retweets, because adorable pandas are, and we have told you this before, oh-so-irresistible. M大王叫我来巡山 dubbed the panda cub, saying: “Let me gooooo! I don’t want to go back to do homework! Let me go out and plaaaay! I have contributed to the Panda Kingdom!”
2. More Nudity in China
The Chinese seem to have an obsession with getting naked in public these past years. This is in great contrast to the stereotypical portrait of the nation’s citizens, where sex is rarely spoken of in public, and even sex education is nonexistent. Yet stories of people stripping naked publicly just keep making the news. Last Monday, a photo of a Chinese damastanding completely naked in a subway carriage in front of a law enforcement officer on Shanghai’s Line 2, with her arms stretched out in a crucifix position, blazed across social media. The middle-aged woman’s clothing lay at her feet.
If you are so inclined can view the full frontal here
The incident reminds us of the video of the who girl changed her clothes on the same line in Shanghai: watch it here.
3. Russia, the US, and China on Weibo: Let’s take it outside motherf**ker
Some, hopefully alarmists, say that Russia, Ukraine, and the US are on the brink of war, while others hope the policy of appeasement is back in vogue. Whatever you believe, Chinese netizens are amused. This Weibo post got over 40,000 retweets over the last week:
@祥瑞御免我柯南 : Recently the atmosphere in the UN is a little strange. Russian is shouting “Human rights over sovereignty”, America is shouting “Sovereignty shall not be invaded” China is calling for a “Crackdown on terrorism”, and Britain is calling for “One nation united”… Did they get their speech notes mixed up?
At the same time, American and Russian embassies have engaged in an online quarrel and settled for a duel in Beijing:
The Russian Embassy in China posted:
Using the excuse of protecting the people in dispute areas, America invaded Lebanon in 1958, Dominique Republic in 1965, Grenada in 1983, bombed Libya in 1986, and invaded Panama three years later.
The satirical devils that are Chinese netizens responded with mischief:
US Embassy in China: You motherf**er
Russian Embassy in China: Clean up your languages you f**ker
US Embassy in China: Tomorrow morning at 10, South Gate of Chaoyang Park
Russian Embassy in China: Sure! Whoever doesn’t show is a pussy
United Nations: Can you two retards cut it out?
US Embassy in China: Get out of the way! It’s none of your business
Chinese Government: (Prepares) melon seeds, soda, and a stool (to spectate)
Regardless, this is not a million miles from what is actually happening in the diplomatic world of Weibo. The Russian Embassy, seemingly like a bunch of schoolchildren who had their feelings hurt, inexplicably composed eight Weibo posts in a row on March 9, attacking the United States and accusing the country of “selective reporting”, playing “Judge”, and imposing their ideas on others…
4. An American’s Bad Chinese
A language learner’s email to his Chinese teacher went viral. After the teacher, who was teaching Chinese in America, came back to China, he got an email from his student. This email got over 90,000 retweets from netizens…
5. “Let It Go” remix in 26 Chinese Dialects
Let it Go, the song that won the an Oscar, was translated into Chinese when Disney filmFrozen was released in China. Chinese netizens came up with a new Chinese version of the song, where each line of the lyrics is sung in a different Chinese dialect. If you do not yet know how difficult or different Chinese dialects are, this music video will astound you…
Read it in full here.