Just Three Chinese People

From right: Ai weiwei, Luo Yong-hao, Zuoxiao Zuzhou

Today, I came across this interesting photo online. From their looks and appearance, it is really difficult for people to believe that they are nice men or famous people. However, we can’t judge them by appearance. They are three idols of Chinese netizens.

Ai Weiwei (the first one from the right)
Ai Weiwei is an internationally famous artist and Chinese political critic and activist, who has strong influence among Chinese. He often urged Chinese government to release true statistics of some public events. Due to his international publicity and his influence, he is the last person Chinese government is willing to deal with.

Luo Yong-hao (the middle one)
Luo Yong-hao is an English teacher and now he is operating his own school and a site. His struggling experience is encouraging. He became popular among Chinese college students mainly due to his hilarious talk-shows during class, which were recorded by students and then spread widely on internet.

Chinese netizens would call him Lao Luo rather than his full name. He is really a person with strong sense of humor that his each class and lecture is filled with peals of laughter.

Luo Yong-hao is hammering the refrigerators produced by Siemens

Recently, he hammered the refrigerators produced by Siemens because its refusal to admit the quality problems.

Zuoxiao Zuzou (the left one)
Zuoxiao Zuzou is a musician and temporary artist. His musical works are closely related with Chinese society issues.

All those three Chinese public figures share one feature: they don’t pretend to be men with high morals. They just display what they really are in front of people.


Summary of Me in 2011

Long time no see and long time no update my blog!

Hi, I am John Cho (It takes me a long time to name me in English). From now on, just call me John. 😀

Summary of Me in 2011

Christmas and 2012 are coming and I think that it is necessary to do a summary of this blog and me in 2011.

In the end of March, 2011, I got my current job and then I opened this English blog (really like to try all the different themes of wordpress). I am really a lazy guy and only have posted no more than 100 posts in 8 months. However, it is really a nice experience to blog on wordpress.com. I have learned so much from other bloggers and I have made many great foreign friends here in the community of wordpress.com.

Here, I want to extend my special thanks to Lorna, who pays much attention on my blog, and Renxren, who has helped me to correct my English.

One of objects of opening this blog is to practice my English. During the process of updating this blog, I find it difficult to determine what to write. At last, I decided to report what happened in China, which is a little frustrating when I find out that Washington Post and New York Times report China far better than me. However, I would insist on updating this blog.

The following is the last report of China from John Cho in 2011:

#1. Chinese netizens celebrate the death of Kim Jong-II
You may read from Chinese official media that N Korea and its leader Kim Jong-II is Chinese people’s great friend. Okay, it is just the statement of Chinese government. We don’t think so (at least me). We all know Kim Jong-II is a dictator, who makes N Korean people support him while they are suffering from starving.

2011 is really an important year for the development of democracy. From African countries to Arab world, to Russia, to some Asian countries, the wind of democracy spreads so fast and common people start to demand what they really want from the rulers. All the protesters, including people who took part in the Occupy Wall Street in America are all heroes of this year.

#2. Big surprise for the email spammers at the end of year
Recently, more than 10 millions of Chinese internet users’ registration information, including email addresses and passwords, have been published online. One main reason for this accident is that all these information are kept in an unencrypted way.

Many people joked that this is really a big Christmas gift for the email spammers. However, millions of Chinese netizens are busying changing their accounts password now, including me.
The coming Christmas
In fact, many Chinese people don’t know what Christmas celebrate for. However, promoted by supermarkets and ads, more and more Chinese now start to celebrate Christmas.

In order to decorate for the Christmas, workers in a commercial center hang Santa head on the roof. What would you react in the night if you suddenly look at this? Yes, it is really scaring. Fortunately, it is the head of Santa. On behalf of Chinese, I say sorry to Santa Claus.

Due to the time zone difference, we in China would celebrate Christmas Eve and Christmas earlier than you in America.

Here, wish all of us, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Today in China, Dec. 1st

#1. Monk released soul from suffering for the dead

On Nov, 25th, an old man was found dead at Taiyuan Railway Station in Shanxi Province. After being declared dead by doctors, a monk held the old man’s hand and tried to release his soul from suffering by chanting sutras. The monk was tagged “the good” by Chinese netizens.

#2. Humankind cannot resist temptation of free things
In primitive society, we humankind acquired resources from nature for free and I venture to guess that humankind then didn’t have the concepts of price and being free. Only when people began to exchange goods, we started to know the words price and free.

In the society dominated by consumption and enjoyment, we humankind never stop proving that we could not resist temptation of cheap goods not to mention free things, just to look what happened on each Black Friday.

Busy picking good radish

Free radishes are heavy too

I should drive a truck to harvest the free radish

Sweet potatoes are not free but WHO CARES

It is the same in China. Now, some Chinese farmers’ products such as potatoes and radishes are facing the poor market. In Henan Province, a farmer planted 13 acres of radish but the price is only about 0.017 US dollars per kilograms. Therefore, the farmer decided to present his radishes to the urban residents for free. After reported by the newspaper, more than 30,000 people came and harvested the free radishes. However, some people stole the farmer’s 10,000 kilograms sweet potatoes when picking the free radish, which led to tens of thousands of RMB loss.