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Netizen Takes on Fallen Celebs

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“Retreat!”—Chinese Netizens’ New Catchphrase Against Frustration

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Turtle Eggs and Scorpion Hearts: The Colorful World of Chinese Cursing

Discover China’s favorite swear words and their cultural contexts

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‘Hottest’ Slang of a Record-Breaking Summer

Faced with extreme temperatures all over China and the world, netizens have invented new ways to complain about the heat

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Getting Mouthy: How Chinese Netizens Made Memes from Censorship

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Beijing’s Outbreak Spawns Even More Covid Slang

As Covid prevention policies roll on, so too do online slang and memes

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Memes and Slang From the Shanghai Lockdown

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How Netizens Adapt Classic Literature to the Covid Age

Literary-minded social media posters are adapting famous works for the Covid-19 era

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Deciphering “Bullet” Comments Online

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