Dear Amelia: I am quitting to move to China and reintroduce fuzzy panda cubs back into the wild — effective immediately. The Hetaoping Research and Conservation Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong National Nature Reserve breeds pandas and then tries to successfully integrate them into the forest and bring them back from extinction. Uh, in panda suits. Insert “furries” joke here.
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College students need to support themselves somehow. And in China, it’s becoming increasingly popular to make a living selling your body. Prostitution in China is on the rise — particularly among college students — and girls get paid not on a nightly basis, but a yearly fee.
Annual fees start around $5,000 for more homely girls, while the pretty girls — the ones who usually attend drama school — garner the most attention, and are the most expensive. Those girls can make around $25,000 a year, but the price is high: Unprotected sex is rampant among college prostitutes, who don’t want to view the sex work they do as actual prostitution. Keep reading »
All British princesses play the cell in their lingerie, obvi. This Chinese ad for “Diana” underwear isn’t peeing on her grave at all. The company, Jealousy International, wants you to “feel the romance of British royalty.” I know I do. Do you? [Daily Mail UK] Keep reading »
Pollution of the Pearl River has long posed a problem for China’s ecosystem; however, the degree of contamination has become twice as bad since 2007. One reason, according to a new Greenpeace report, points to the denim factories lining the banks of the water. Clearly, China is a huge manufacturer of consumer goods, and the denim industry also relies heavily on Chinese production. According to CNN, Xintang (a town that is home to many of these factories) “produces 200 million pairs of jeans per year including 60 different foreign brands. That is just under half of the 450 million pairs of jeans sold annually in the United States.” During the dye process, garments are bathed in harsh chemicals, and while many of these companies claim that they recycle this contaminated water, the truth is that it’s simply dumped into the river. This isn’t just an environmental issue; several of the toxins released are cancer-causing. Keep reading »
Most theme parks involve humans wandering around in cartoon character suits, vomit-inducing roller coasters, and scads of cotton candy, but Little People’s Kingdom of Dwarves in China offers little people as its main attraction. For the paying crowds that number in the hundreds, costumed little people sing and dance, make and sell trinkets, and pretend to live in miniature huts. If you want to work there, you have to be disease-free, under 50, and no taller than four-foot-three. “I’m not sure if I’m supposed to be horrified or amazed — or both,” declares “Nightline” reporter Clarissa Ward. If, as this western report declares, the Chinese are cashing in on “people’s morbid curiosity,” well, why is the American camera crew there? For the same reason, no doubt. One (wo)man’s politically incorrect is another little person’s paycheck. “I used to stay at home all day,” says one little person, “but I’m happy here.” [Blisstree] Keep reading »
“In the selection [of astronauts], we had almost the same requirements on women candidates as those for men, but the only difference was that they must be married, as we believe married women would be more physically and psychologically mature.”
— Zhang Jianqi, former deputy commander of China’s manned space program. Uh, how exactly? [AP] Keep reading »
What a mess: the one-child policy instituted in China in the 1980s to control the population has caused a total lopsidedness in the dating pool. A recent study by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences found that in 10 years there will be a serious “bride shortage,” as 24 million Chinese men will have no partner of marrying age. And you thought you had trouble getting married … Keep reading »