Trending in China: Actress Sun Li Reveals Online Friendship with Jack Ma

Chinese actress Sun Li said she has been online friends with Jack Ma for four years
Movado brand ambassador and International Emmy nominee Sun Li revealed on Monday during a women and entrepreneurship conference that she and Jack Ma have been “online friends” for more than 4 years. The two met in person for the first time on the conference hosted by Alibaba Group.

Sun Li.

The actress told the public that their first online interaction started when she wanted to audit classes at Hupan College, the school for entrepreneurship established by Ma and other heavy-weights. “I left him a message on social media and he replied, ‘Are you serious?’” she said. The Chinese business tycoon made her go through formal interviews and she eventually received the permission to audit.

Wanda park in Nanchang, Jiang Xi. Photo: Humphery/Shutterstock.com

Shanghai Disney is a success in its first year despite China’s restricted film market
Wang Jianlin’s prediction about Shanghai Disneyland seems a far cry from how things actually turned out. Wang had announced last year that Disney won’t profit in the next 20 years with Wanda Group as its competitor. However, Shanghai Disneyland celebrates its one-year anniversary benchmarking 11 million park visitors. According to China Economic Net, it is the first theme park of similar size to break even within one year of operation. The success, according to Bloomberg, shows other U.S. entertainment companies that even with an upper limit of 34 Hollywood films per year, the Chinese market still has profit potential.

photo: alleged leaked design renderings/macrumor

Details about the new iPhone 8 spawn more kidney jokes
Rumors about the design and retail price of the new iPhone 8 broke out on Weibo today and netizens chimed in with another wave of kidney jokes harking back to a shocking past event when a Chinese high schooler sold his kidney to buy an iPhone. The iPhone 8 is said to be retailing at $1200, making headlines on Sina news like, “Is your kidney ready for the iPhone 8?” Other Weibo users criticized the rumored full-size screen as unnecessary and declared their allegiance to the domestic brand Xiaomi.

Happy Camp Anniversary. Photo: Weibo

Celebrities posted on Weibo for Hunan TV’s Happy Camp anniversary
More than a dozen A-list celebrities including Yang Mi, Fan Bingbing, Zhao Wei and Liu Yifei posted on Weibo, in celebration of Happy Camp (Kuai Le Da Ben Yin), one of China’s most popular TV variety shows, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary today. Celebrities wished the show happy birthday and shared their favorite memories of the show. Since its first air date in 1997, the program, which airs at 20:00 every Saturday, has gained high audience ratings, and is considered a pioneer of Chinese variety shows.

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    Why is China supporting Disney? Disney is one the biggest white supremacy propaganda machines out there on Earth. It is brainwashing children everywhere thinking white is right. Disney is out there promoting white blonde hair princes and princesses. Parents might not think it matters, but it does.

    Studies have shown when kids in the West consume more Western media, which Disney is big part of it, the only group get higher self esteem is white boys, all other kids get lower self esteem as more Western content they consume. Here is the link to the study: http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/01/showbiz/tv/tv-kids-self-esteem/index.html

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    “We’ve heard it all: from the correlation between TV viewing and childhood obesity to the idea that excessive TV viewing can negatively affect children’s grades.
    But according to a new study, watching TV might actually boost your child’s self-esteem — that is, if he’s a white male.
    Parents of white girls and African-American children, however, might want to limit the amount of time their kids spend in front of the tube. The self-esteem of white girls, black girls and black boys decreases with TV consumption, says the study, published in Communication Research.
    Over the course of one year, Kristen Harrison and Nicole Martins surveyed about 400 black and white Illinois students. All of the 7- to 12-year-olds are from lower-middle to upper-middle socioeconomic communities, said Harrison, a professor of communication studies at the University of Michigan. Black children surveyed, on average, spent an extra 10 hours watching TV each week.
    With the definition of self-esteem being an overall feeling of self-worth, Harrison told CNN, kids were asked reverse-coded questions such as, “Are there a lot of things about yourself you would like to change?”
    While the study focused solely on how the amount of time spent in front of the TV affects a child’s self-esteem, the programs likely are what give white boys a confidence boost, said Amy Jordan, director of the Media and the Developing Child sector of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.
    Boys making the transition from elementary to middle school are probably exposed to superhero cartoons, Jordan said, adding, ” ‘Superman,’ ‘Batman,’ X-Men.’ The lead characters of these shows tend to be male.”
    But Jordan added, “In recent years, creators of children’s programming have worked hard to improve diversity and include strong female characters.”
    For white boys, “regardless of what show you’re watching … things in life are pretty good for you,” Martins, an assistant professor of telecommunications at Indiana University Bloomington, said in a statement. “(White males) tend to be in positions of power; you have prestigious occupations, high education, glamorous houses, a beautiful wife, with very little portrayals of how hard you worked to get there.”
    A similar 2010 study, which didn’t put an emphasis on the race and gender of its participants, found that prolonged TV exposure could cause a child to perform poorly in the classroom, be victimized by classmates and increase body mass index. The study, conducted by Linda Pagani, a professor in the School of Psychoeducation at the University of Montreal in Quebec, followed more than 1,300 children from the time they were 29 months old.
    And in 2009, Nielsen reported that TV viewing among kids was at an eight-year high, with 2- through 11-year-olds watching between 22 and 24 hours of TV each week. That’s in addition to the amount of time they spent watching shows and movies on DVR, DVD, VCR and game consoles.
    So while it’s likely best for parents, regardless of their child’s race or gender, to keep a mindful eye on TV consumption, Harrison and Martins’ research suggests it’s especially important for parents of girls and African-American boys.
    Kids are impressionable, said Michael Brody, chair of the media committee of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. It affects them when they don’t see themselves represented on TV, and it affects them when the young people who look like them are seen doing something wrong, he added.
    “Just like, most of the time on TV when somebody is mentally ill, it’s usually a young woman,” Brody said. “In terms of my own profession, whenever there’s a psychiatrist on a program he’s usually some maniac. … That affects my self-esteem.”
    To that end, Harrison suggests that parents make sure their kids “spend time cultivating the relationships and skills that make you feel like a valued person.”

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