The ad everyone is talking about

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Heng Yuan Xiang, 恒源祥, a wool clothing brand started in Shanghai since 1927, is airing the following ad in China. This Olympics sponsor TV ad is reciting 12 Chinese zodiacs (like spam). I think that’s why it got attention and also how it annoyed people, and drew critism.

Well, annoying or not, you can make your own judgement 🙂

(video from

China Fun

New Oriental class break

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Found the following video clip at Tudou, the China’s very own YouTube. The content pushed the envelop a little so don’t play it before your boss, coworker or kids. I haven’t verified whether this is indeed from a class break of New Oriental.

This (in a very small way) reflects the entertainment of China generation Y (young people born after 1980, or 80后).

China Technology

Sohu and Chinese Internet Companies

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The other day I saw Charles Zhang Chaoyang on the “Boss town”, No. 1 Caijing’s (China-CBN) talk show between CEO and guest commentators. This reminded me that Chinese Internet companies are coming of age. Two interesting stories Charles told on the show:

1) Two MIT professors are the earliest investors for Sohu, they put in $ 75,000 each, and it’s worth $30 mil later. Charles is a graduate from MIT. Obviously he knows how to talk to his professor.

2) He went to New York to talk to potential investors in 1996. He wasn’t successful; and found a phone booth calling his lawyer (in crying tone). He had to insert coins to keep the line alive. People waited behind him became impatient. At that time cell phone is still rare in the US.

Keso had a good article about the current status of Chinese Internet companies.