Chinese Survey: BMW Drivers Are Showoffs, Volvo Drivers Morally Upright

Wall Street Journal China Real Time Report - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 14:30
Chinese drivers of BMW cars are seen as newly rich, materialistic showoffs by drivers of other luxury brands. Yet such owners consider themselves relatively discreet entrepreneurs with a positive outlook on life. That’s just one of the findings of a survey of luxury car owners in China published Wednesday.
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Word of the Week: Dama Era

China Digital Times - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 14:25

Word of the Week comes from the Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon, a glossary of terms created by Chinese netizens and encountered in online political discussions. These are the words of China’s online “resistance discourse,” used to mock and subvert the official language around censorship and political correctness.

大麻时代 (dàmá shídài): Dama Era

Cartoon of Xi Jinping and Peng Liyuan from the viral music video “Daddy Xi Loves Mama Peng.”

Literally “marijuana era.” Playful contraction of “Daddy Xi and Mama Peng,” terms of endearment for President Xi Jinping and first lady Peng Liyuan.

On November 18, 2014, four men in Henan posted a music video paying homage to the marital bond between Xi Jinping and Peng Liyuan. Within a week, the video had been viewed more than 20 million times. The video shows images of Xi and Peng stepping onto tarmacs and visiting foreign dignitaries, while urging listeners to learn from “Daddy Xi” and “Mama Peng.” At the New York Times, Austin Ramzy offers a translation of the lyrics.

In the song, Xi is called “Daddy Xi” (习大大 Xí Dàda), where dada is a term of endearment from Shaanxi, the province of Xi’s father’s birth. State media often refer to the president as “Daddy Xi,” lending intimacy and warmth to Xi’s image. Meanwhile, Peng Liyuan is called “Mama Peng” (彭麻麻 Péng Máma), with the playful use of 麻麻 máma instead of the standard 妈妈 māma.

Uncharmed by the music video or the familiar appellations for Xi and Peng, netizens created a clever contraction of the “glorious era” of “Daddy Xi” and “Mama Peng” in the invention of “Dama Era.” 大麻 means marijuana, lending the abbreviation a mischievous undertone. “Marijuana” is blocked from Weibo search results as of November 26, 2014.

Sample Usage:

hansontangbc: A reporter recently learned that at the upcoming National People’s Congress working conference, in order to fully express the masses’ love and admiration for Daddy Xi and Mama Peng, a resolution will be adopted to make “dama” the national flower of China. (November 25, 2014)

记者日前从全国人大得到消息,在即将召开的全国人大工作会议上,将通过决议,将“大麻”定为中国的国花,以充分表达人民群众对习大大和彭麻麻的热爱与崇敬。 [Chinese]

文山娃: And so we enter the Dama Era. (November 24, 2014)

就这样进入了大麻时代。 [Chinese]

Tian2hua: The strongest netizen comment: Dama Era. (November 25, 2014)

最强网友评论:大麻时代。 [Chinese]

See also have everything but daddy.

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State Council Drafts Country’s First Domestic Violence Law

China Digital Times - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 14:05

After years of campaigning by women’s rights activists, the State Council has drafted the first law on domestic violence. Advocates for the law have long argued that women in abusive relationships have no legal recourse to protect themselves. BBC reports:

The new bill defines domestic violence for the first time and offers clear guidance on restraining orders.

Activists have welcomed the move but say the law does not go far enough.

Nearly 40% of Chinese women who are married or in a relationship have suffered abuse, according to state media.

Domestic abuse has long been seen as a private matter in China despite the scale of the problem, says the BBC’s Martin Patience in Beijing. [Source]

Some people believe the law doesn’t go far enough because it only covers married couples, not those living together but unmarried or homosexual couples. Emily Rauhala at Time Magazine discusses the case of Kim Lee, who escaped an abusive marriage to celebrity English teacher Li Yang and since then has campaigned in China for greater protections against domestic violence:

This week’s draft measures could, potentially, help in similar cases. The All-China Women’s Federation estimates that 1 in 4 Chinese women has experienced domestic abuse. (Estimates from other countries are even higher.) If China pushes ahead with the legislation, makes it comprehensive, and strengthens enforcement, the police and courts would be better equipped to take action. The draft suggests that people could seek physical protection from attackers — a restraining order, for instance — a detail that Feng Yuan, founder of Equality, a Beijing-based NGO dedicated to the protection of women’s rights, called “very encouraging.”

But there are gaps. The draft mentions children, which is a good step, but does not include provisions or protections for nonmarried couples (including same-sex couples, who are not legally allowed to marry in China). And how will police officers and courts be trained to interpret and enforce the law? “There are a lot of good laws on the books in terms of rights protection in China,” says [Leta] Hong Fincher, “yet those laws are not enforced.” She points to countries like India and Bangladesh. Both have decent anti-domestic-violence laws, but have made limited progress curbing abuse. [Source]

The draft law is now available online and the public is invited to comment on it. China Law Translate has translated the full text of the draft as well as the accompanying explanation.

Read more about Kim Lee’s case and about domestic violence in China, via CDT.

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China Says U.S. Multinational Must Pay $140 Million Tax Bill

Wall Street Journal China Real Time Report - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 03:36
A U.S. multinational company will have to pay the Chinese government $140 million in back taxes and interest after authorities found what they called a major tax avoidance case, China’s state news agency said.
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Photo: 旺角游擊戰, by Alex Leung

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Student Leaders Detained in Mong Kok Clearance

China Digital Times - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 01:36

Student leaders Lester Shum and Joshua Wong were among the 116 people detained Tuesday night and Wednesday morning as police cleared protest sites in Mong Kok. Skirmishes between police and protesters broke out when a group of protesters refused to leave the site after the majority acquiesced to police demands. Farah Master and James Pomfret report for Reuters:

“You can’t defeat the protesters’ hearts!” screamed Liu Yuk-lin, a 52-year-old protester in a hard hat holding a yellow umbrella, the symbol of the movement, as she stood before lines of police in helmets and goggles.

But there was no serious violence, and after about three hours the operation was complete and traffic was flowing through as area where demonstrators had camped out since late September to call for greater democracy in the former British colony.

[…] A Reuters witness saw police take away Shum, and the Facebook page of the student group Scholarism announced that Wong had been arrested for contempt of court.

Although the protests have had no formal leadership structure, Wong and Shum were part of a group of students who many looked to as the movement’s de facto leaders. [Source]

Chris Buckley and Alan Wong at the New York Times report that by Wednesday morning police had cleared the site, following a night of clashes and forcible dismantling of the protesters’ camps:

The police removed, for now at least, a protest camp that had attracted many of the pro-democracy movement’s most combative voices. By noon, dozens of protesters watched quietly as officers dismantled the barricades that had protected the camp.

Early on Wednesday morning, lines of officers gathered in the neighborhood of Mong Kok and, after clashes with foot-dragging protesters, moved remorselessly down Nathan Road, clearing the street camp that had been established there since late September.

The previous night, however, the protesters had forced the police back, and officers had used batons and pepper spray to subdue the thousands of protesters who surged in, trying to defend their base in Mong Kok, a crammed, neon-lit shopping and entertainment district. [Source]

With the sites now mostly cleared and traffic back on the roads, the protesters have limited options of how to continue pressing their demands for universal suffrage, Cathy Chan and Frederick Balfour report for Bloomberg:

Protesters’ options are shrinking as the police enforce court orders, public support wanes and China refuses to give in to their demands that it allow a free election for the city’s leadership in 2017. An earlier attempt to secure streets in Mong Kok, a densely populated working-class district, failed after demonstrators came back, and the police have vowed to keep roads open this time, setting the stage for clashes this evening when crowds typically swell.

[…] “People are angry and confused,” Winnie Wong, a 21-year-old student, said at the site. “There are just the police, with violence to arrest and frighten people.”

Wong, who went to Mong Kok with friends last night after having been at the Admiralty protest site, said there was confusion about what to do next “We will just stay and wait to see what is the next move,” she said. [Source]

"@tomokun613: 日本もこれくらいやらないと腐 RT @datsugenp: "@inusugi_a: #雨傘革命 #UmbrellaRevolution #香港デモ""万が一自民が勝ったらこんなことになるでしょう

— moca #脱原発 #自民を監視する会 (@datsugenp) November 26, 2014

@lawansuwannarat: @TheAPJournalist #UmbrellaMovement protest leader Joshua Wong is arrested in Mongkok @czb5438 #香港デモ

— 煇煇 (@01Micco) November 26, 2014

"@SCMP_News: Moment Scholarism's Joshua Wong was arrested by police in Mong Kok"don't give up!

— Jancockireng (@JancockIreng) November 26, 2014

RT Jimmy Wong Police attacked Joshua Wong before arresting him #UMHK #UmbrellaRevolution #umbrellamovement #HongKong

— Amberbrella (@Amberbrella) November 26, 2014

@tomgrundy: The current tense scene at Dundas St, #OccupyHK Mong Kok #OccupyCentral #香港デモ

— 煇煇 (@01Micco) November 26, 2014

@tomgrundy: Police move crowd south once more, urging ppl to disperse. #OccupyCentral #UmbrellaMovement #香港デモ

— 煇煇 (@01Micco) November 26, 2014

@tomgrundy: Police also secured side roads leading to Nathan Rd & have closed some MTR exits #UmbrellaMovement #香港デモ

— 煇煇 (@01Micco) November 26, 2014

警察看起来一脸凶相。 RT @TravelFoto 警方瘋狂 #清場 #旺角 #雨傘運動 Police #Clearing #Mongkok #UmbrellaMovement

— Valerie ☂ 浅洚 (@knifepoint) November 26, 2014

@tomgrundy: Police w/tactical unit saw through bamboo barricades on Nathan Rd #OccupyCentral #UmbrellaMovement #香港デモ

— 煇煇 (@01Micco) November 26, 2014

Last remaining protestors trapped,cops either side,no public allowed in. End of Nathan Rd? #umbrellamovement #oclphk

— Billy Clarke (@billygclarke) November 26, 2014

'We cannot lose Mong Kok': Protesters vow to return after barricades cleared, Nathan Rd opened

— SCMP News (@SCMP_News) November 26, 2014

Finally, air is bad again in #Mongkok #OccupyHK #UmbrellaMovement

— Ernest Kao (@ErnestKao) November 26, 2014

Mong Kok @ 旺角, 香港 – Mongkok, Hongkong

— Christopher Poon (@ngaibbdd123) November 26, 2014

HKPD barricade removal on Portland st. #mongkok #umbrellamovement #umbrellarevolution #occupymongkok

— Nathan J. Martin (@nathanjmartin) November 26, 2014

Last remaining road barricades cleared #OccupyHK #Mongkok #UmbrellaMovement

— Ernest Kao (@ErnestKao) November 26, 2014

Cars pass through this stretch of Nathan Road for the first time in months #OccupyHK #Mongkok #UmbrellaMovement

— Ernest Kao (@ErnestKao) November 26, 2014

Heavy police presence in Hong Kong as authorities try to hold recently reclaimed territory. #OccupyHongKong

— Barbarka Warren (@bikywuvijos) November 26, 2014

The end of the mong kok camp? #occupyhongkong

— Suzanne Sataline (@ssataline) November 26, 2014

"@law_fiona: A tourist coming to Mong Kok today won't find sign of #OccupyHK"

— 陋【习】难改 (@HongzhanZ) November 26, 2014

RT @Amberbrella #Mongkok before and after #UMHK #occupyHK #UmbrellaRevolution #UmbrellaMovement #HongKong

— M.Nebelsztein (@MNebelsztein) November 26, 2014

Clearing the road for traffic. Blocking the road to universal suffrage. Credit: Now TV #umbrellamovement #occupyhk

— 學聯 HKFS (@HKFS1958) November 26, 2014

Read more about the Hong Kong protests via CDT.

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Jaguar Land Rover Not Amused by Chinese ‘LandWind’ Lookalike

Wall Street Journal China Real Time Report - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:55
Jaguar Land Rover in China has vowed to take action against Chinese car brand LandWind for producing a sport-utility vehicle that bears an uncanny resemblance to its Range Rover Evoque.
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Hong Kong clears protest site in Mongkok

FT China Feed - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:16
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Watch: For Hong Kong’s Celebrities, Supporting Occupy Protests Isn’t Easy

Wall Street Journal China Real Time Report - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 23:38
In the fight for democracy, Hong Kong students have been joined by various pop and movie stars.
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China says west blocking corruption probe

FT China Feed - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 23:29
Beijing blames prejudiced western judges for refusal to send corruption suspects back for trial
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Can Retailers Bring Black Friday Shopping Fever to China?

Wall Street Journal China Real Time Report - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 22:03
China doesn’t officially celebrate Thanksgiving or Christmas, but American retailers are hoping to convert a generation of consumers in the world’s most populous country into year-end binge buyers anyway.
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Learning from Experience: The Hows and Whens of Hiring Interns in China

China Briefing - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 22:00

Companies in China often offer internships to young people looking to enter the job market, but the strict laws governing such arrangements in China can make legal compliance difficult for employers. In this article, we detail how and when China-based companies can take on local and foreign interns.

The post Learning from Experience: The Hows and Whens of Hiring Interns in China appeared first on China Briefing News.

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Canada Resident Caught Up in China Corruption Probe

Wall Street Journal China Real Time Report - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 21:39
In January, John Jia traveled from Canada to Shanghai to attend a friend’s wedding, which he told his Instagram followers would be the “best wedding ever.”
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Picture China: Gingko Leaves, Waste Picker, Hong Kong Clashes

Wall Street Journal China Real Time Report - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 21:16
The day's China news in pictures: a tourist wanders amid gingko leaves, a waste picker stands next to his cart at a landfill site, protesters clash with police in Hong Kong and more.
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For This Company, Hong Kong Protests Are Something to Cheer About

Wall Street Journal China Real Time Report - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 20:52
Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests may be giving the government a serious headache, but the city’s subway operator, at least, has cause to celebrate.
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Al Gore Warns China Particularly Vulnerable to Climate Change

Wall Street Journal China Real Time Report - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 20:34
Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore brought one of his favorite stump speeches to China this week, raising the alarm about global warming. The reception he got was suitably warm, too.
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VW Revs Up for Consumers in Southern China

Wall Street Journal China Real Time Report - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 20:26
Volkswagen AG is taking market share from other foreign auto makers in relatively wealthy southern China, as a slowdown in the world’s No. 1 car market intensifies competition.
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China Shoppers: Got a Platinum Unionpay? Get a New Zealand Visa

Wall Street Journal China Real Time Report - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 19:38
Earlier this month, the U.S. said it would grant Chinese tourists 10-year multiple-entry visas. Now, New Zealand is also easing up on Chinese tourists—or at least, on the wealthy ones.
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Hong Kong Police Drive Protesters From Part of Mong Kok

Wall Street Journal China Real Time Report - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 19:22
Police took their strongest action in weeks against pro-democracy protesters, making dozens of arrests and driving activists from a portion of the most volatile of the three Hong Kong sites that have been occupied for nearly two months.
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