Opposition to labor camps in China

Liu Jie, 60, said she was beaten and hogtied to a chair during the two years she was confined at a forced-labor camp.

Liu Jie, 60, said she was beaten and hogtied to a chair during the two years she was confined at a forced-labor camp. (via The New York Times)

Last year Mr. Ren was among tens of thousands of Chinese who were dumped into the nation’s vast “re-education through labor” system, a Stalinist-inspired constellation of penal colonies where  social irritants toil in dismal conditions for up to four years, all without trial. With as many as 190,000 inmates at any one time, it is one of the world’s largest systems of forced labor.

More at The New York Times here.

‘Black People Toothpaste’ and China’s race problem

"Black People Toothpaste," one of the most popular toothpaste brands in China, which a Colgate spokesman on Friday confirmed is still 50 percent owned by his company. (via Foreign Policy)

“Black People Toothpaste,” one of the most popular toothpaste brands in China, which a Colgate spokesman confirmed is still 50 percent owned by his company. (via Foreign Policy)

Black People Toothpaste used to be called Darkie in English, but an outcry against Colgate when the news was reported in the United States in the late 1980s caused the brand to change the English name to the less offensive Darlie, and to change the logo from offensive and sinister to just offensive.

More at the Forign Policy here.

Chinese official’s cheesy group sex scandal

(via The Atlantic Wire)

Wang Yu, a college youth leader, is the only one to admit saying he and his wife are in the photos. (No word on which ones they are.) (via The Atlantic Wire)

There’s a sex scandal brewing in China, and the photos associated with it may just be the cheesiest in the history of online scandals with more than 100 photos of three men and two women having sex.

More at The Atlantic Wire here.

PSY’s anti-American past revealed

During a 2002 protest concert against the presence of 37,000 American troops in Korea, PSY took the stage in gold face-paint and, with the crowd egging him on, lifted a miniature “American tank” and smashed it on the ground to massive applause. (Picture via Mediaite)

During a 2002 protest concert against the American troops in South Korea, PSY took the stage, lifted a miniature “American tank” and smashed it on the ground. (Picture via Mediaite)

It has recently been unearthed in the states, however, that eight years ago, long before achieving this massive stardom, the mega-star rapped about “slowly and painfully” killing American military members and their families.

More at Mediaite here.

China to flatten 700 mountains

One of China's biggest construction firms will spend £2.2 bn to flatten 700 mountains leveling the area Lanzhou, allowing developers to build a new metropolis on the outskirts of the north-western city.

One of China’s biggest construction firms will spend £2.2 bn to flatten 700 mountains (via China Daily)

In what is being billed as the largest “mountain-moving project” in Chinese history, one of China’s biggest construction firms will spend £2.2 bn to flatten 700 mountains leveling the area Lanzhou, allowing developers to build a new metropolis on the outskirts of the north-western city.

More at The Guardian here.