Banned Website Pages in China – Chinese Height

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I’ve not posted for a looong time. But today something caught my eye that was ridiculous enough to warrant my attention. Namely, one particular page that is unavailable for viewing in China.

Now, it’s no secret to anyone in the world that there are many of these. And usually the reasons are political, and they are banned so that mainland Chinese people don’t get a balanced view of their own lives and the true political landscape in their own country.

I don’t agree with it, but I do understand it. Political stability and Chinese “Harmony” and all that.

Yet the page that I happened upon while I was doing research for an entirely non-Chinese related article (Ya, I know, people who just randomly search online like to make it sound intellectual by calling it ‘research’, but seriously, I’m so intellectual, and it was research!)

The offending page is this one: World Height Statistics, a seemingly innocuous Wiki page that deals with the average height of people in various countries.

Whenever I come across a page that has been blocked in China, I go straight to my proxy browser to find out what all the ‘HooHa’ is all about. Today, I wasted about five minutes to come to the only possible logical conclusion I could:

That China really doesn’t like their average height to be lower than the Japanese!

Now, in all fairness to China, some idiot has got some strange stats, bearing in mind this is what Wikipedia says:

China, Mainland: 1.721m average height

AND???

China, People’s Republic Of, 1,663m

For anyone paying attention, The People’s Republic of China IS the mainland. So why two two different stats? I have no idea, but some one is being a bit stupid.

But the main point – and seriously, I could find no other that could possibly be the reason for the Chinese ban – is this:

Japan 1.707m

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1942 U.S Military Guide for U.S Soldiers

This makes the Japanese a tad taller than the average stats for ‘China, People’s Republic of,’. Now if you have never lived in China, you may regard this as a ridiculous assumption on my part, but please bear in mind this is the same government who issued the official statement “You have hurt the Chinese people’s feelings.” to the U.K when they entertained the naughty Lama of Tibet (Name changed to protect my site from getting banned.)

If you’ve ever asked a mainland Chinese about the Japanese, and what they think about them, they will always tell you that the Japanese are short. Very short. Why? Because all the propaganda communist war films that are still played regularly on Chinese TV always portray the Japanese as much shorter than the Chinese… like height equals some kind of moral high ground.

So, China has just gone a notch down in my estimation of the governments potential for stupidity. Feel free to go and check it to see if you can find out something else that would ‘hurt the Chinese people’s feelings’ World Height. I doubt you can… I couldn’t, and they don’t ban pages for nothing:

ps. If you’re in China, you’ll not be able to access it, obviously. Unless you use a ‘magic proxy browser’ that is. For more about China’s ‘Cen… sir… Ship’ (yes, this really is a keyword I can’t put) and the way it works, go here: The Firewall (by the way, this is also a banned page in China.)

New Chinese App With an Unfortunate Name

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Perhaps it’s just my warped sense of humor, but I couldn’t fail to laugh when I went on QQ and was shown a featured ad. Namely ‘Dodo China’. Now I’m sure they are thinking of the English pronunciation as in ‘Dodo bird’, but honestly all I could think of was the other Childrens word for poo, i.e. Dodo (doo doo. Continue reading

Merry Christmas China!

chinese-girl-gunIt’s been a long time since I’ve posted. That’s due to various reasons, one being the annoying ‘Captcha’ that stopped showing up when I tried to log into my own blog (you know, those incomprehensible letters you have to type in to prove you’re human). Other reasons are too many and drawn out to explain. So if you missed me (I doubt you did), apologies Continue reading

How to Sound Like a Native Foreigner in China!

Ya, I realize my post title is something of an oxymoron… or something like that. It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted as I’ve honestly not had that much interesting to say, but today I came across a news item that really reminded me of something I’ve heard a few times in China, not many times, but a few times.

Do you ever remember as a kid trying to talk like an Asian and making stupid sounds that you felt represented the sound someone Chinese or Japanese makes when speaking their language (a cross between Bruce Lee’s war cries, and Fu Manchu speaking). Well first off, forgive yourself your stupidity because 1. You were a kid (if you were over sixteen don’t forgive yourself) and 2. Chinese people can sometimes be heard to mimic what they think is the sound of a non-Chinese speaking Continue reading

Chinese Martial Arts – The Truth Revealed (Part 3)

(This is ‘Chinese Martial Arts part 3′, this is the third of a three part series, go to Chinese Martial Arts Part 1 to see the first, or Chinese Martial Arts Part 2. for the second.)

…In 1949 the Chinese Communist party came into power, also with help from various secret societies and their members. The Chinese communist party were clever, seeing the history of their own country and how at many times groups of people managed to overthrow the rulers with the help of the secret societies and their Chinese martial arts exponents (including how they had also done so to a degree) they set up the all China sports Federation to control the teaching of martial arts, and in 1951 they ordered all private martial arts schools closed, and labeled them feudalistic Continue reading