The Nanfang / Blog

[Photos] Peking University Blasted for “Brothel-Like” Ads to Recruit New Students

Posted: 05/25/2014 6:55 pm

A prestigious Chinese institution has found itself the target of irate netizens after posting a recruitment ad on Sina Weibo.

Peking University posted an album titled “Welcome to Apply to Peking University” today, but it was deleted soon after. Why? Well, take a look at the method the university used to attract the interested applicants:

Using beautiful women to sell something certainly isn’t a new concept, but is it right for a university? Even if good looking students are used in ads, is it okay to be so… crass?

Many people online are calling the girls “feng shen”, meaning unfortunate women. Of course, there are other less polite posts:

程军Jason:All the “girls” are out, but where is the mamasan?

史上最潮物理老师:It is not wrong to use pretty girls to attract more students, but these girls are so unfortunate, is this an ad for Dongguan?

招财小猫1:It looks like an ad for a brothel!

RELATED: Girls in Infamous Peking University Ad Hurt by Online Criticism

实都:回复@耶路撒冷冷冷冷冷: Second generation rich and the offspring of government officials, please hurry up and come to Beijing University, we have rich resources here, good quality.

话梅也太咸了:Is this a university or a brothel? Looks like they are recruiting prostitutes!

It’s no secret that there’s a lot of sex happening on Chinese universities, and not just among students. But using pretty girls to recruit students isn’t common at all, especially not for a university of Peking University’s stature. These pictures were deleted not long after they were published in the face of overwhelming criticism from netizens. A few more photos are below, for your edification.


Shenzhen woman urges Chinese to avoid marrying American men

Posted: 05/3/2012 5:59 pm

A Shenzhen woman who stood by a home-made sign warning Chinese women not to marry Americans has received more derision than sympathy from Chinese netizens.

Shu Ya stood by the sign at Shenzhen airport which contained a picture of her and her estranged American husband, beneath which was written the story of how he had cheated her “emotionally, financially, and sexually.”

The writing explains how after living in Shenzhen for many years she had developed an irrational love of foreigners. She met her husband in a bar in the city’s Nanshan District three years ago, and shortly after they decided to get married. She later discovered that he was extracting money from her salary to pay his debts back in America, and she had just flown back to China after expensive divorce proceedings in the country.

Shu Ya at the airport

However, the majority of comments under the Youku video through which the story became well-known have been negative about Shu’s actions. A netizen named Wansui Bairen joined hundreds of others in exclaiming huogai, which roughly means “serves her right.” A respondent named liop95 claimed that foreigners refer to Chinese women as “the sluts of the world,” and that she had got her comeuppance for failing to settle for a Chinese man.

Other commenters such as Wetao19810103 and Sorckey claimed that she is already “damaged goods” after being with a foreigner, and urged more foreigners to come and take such “trash” off China’s hands. Respondents such as Cailom derided her for generalizing, and gurui83 opined that her mistake was not to marry a foreigner, but to blame her husband for her own lack of caution.

Some netizens praised Shu, Bing Seng was one of dozens who expressed admiration of her courage, and the video shows that she drew a considerable crowd at the airport.

China has a notoriously mixed attitude toward marriages between Chinese and foreigners. In 2008, a female student at Shanghai Jiaotong University wrote an article explaining why her dream was to marry a foreigner. However, recent years have also seen hugely popular articles, such as “Chinese women, please don’t get into bed with foreigners,” by the wife of educator Yu Minhong.


Chinese people respond to the devastation in Japan

Posted: 03/16/2011 6:00 am

It seems that the horrific tragedy playing out in northeastern Japan is bringing out the best, and occasionally the worst, in China’s netizens. There’s no doubt that China and Japan have a very long and intertwined history, and emotions between the two Asian neighbours run deep. Reactions on China’s most popular microblog, Sina Weibo, have been mixed. The China Smack blog does an excellent job translating many of the more positive comments inspired by images of Japanese people lining up for food and water and walking home because of no train service. We decided to post a select few here:

In China, I bet [people] would have immediately broken into and looted the surrounding convenience stores/supermarkets.

A tiny pellet of a country, with nothing [few resources], being able to beat the shit and piss out of Russia and China…is not without reasons…

In Japan, the cars yield to the people. In China, the cars can’t wait to run over your body, even if you have the green light and the car is making a turn.

Without bringing up anything else, on the character exhibited when fasting disaster, we really can’t compare.
Even when there is no disaster, for simply sitting in a seat or using the toilet, we’re capable of fighting and arguing over.

We won’t post some of the more negative (read: ignorant) comments posted on Weibo, but you can read them for yourselves here. Of course, ignorance isn’t just a trait found in China. But such is the reaction when disaster befalls a nation that is despised by a great many Chinese people for its historical atrocities.

On a positive note, Premier Wen Jiabao addressed the Japanese earthquake at the close of the National People’s Congress yesterday:

It was only at the very end of his nearly 2.5-hour press conference on Monday that Premier Wen Jiabao turned his attention to Japan. He first asked if there were Japanese journalists among the gathering of hundreds (there were), then said he didn’t want to take a question from them, but had something to say. Wen offered China’s “deep condolences” to Japan.

Wen meets with reporters once every year, at the close of the National People’s Congress. He takes a pre-screened selection of questions from journalists from China and other countries. This year no Japanese reporter was called on. Instead, Wen made a statement.

“China is also a country prone to earthquake disasters and we fully empathize with how they feel now,” Wen said. “We will provide more as Japan needs it and we want to continue to help as necessary.”

Some (such as Slate) are arguing that as one of the world’s richest countries, Japan doesn’t necessarily need cash donations, if you wish to help. Instead, the country will likely need blood, which you can donate at any Red Cross in the PRD (there are many).

Keep in Touch

What's happening this week in Shenzhen, Dongguan and Guangzhou? Sign up to be notified when we launch the This Week @ Nanfang newsletter.

sign up for our newsletter

Nanfang TV