- A Chinese student at Duke University seen by other Chinese students taking part in a Free Tibet demonstration (see video on the right) now has her pictures, US phone number, Chinese identity card number, parent’s address and home number in China splashed all over the internet as a “human flesh search engine” ensues, writes John Kennedy of Global Voices.
- The Tibetan protestor who tried to snatch the torch away from Chinese paralympian Jin Jing in Paris has also had his name, home address, work and contact details circulated all over the internet in a similar manhunt, although EastSouthWestNorth doubts if Chinese netizens got it right in the first place.
- Meanwhile, Jin Jing has been touted as the “most beautiful torchbearer” and has returned home to Shanghai to a hero’s welcome.
- A seven-star luxury hotel to be built in Hangzhou is causing a commotion among local residents who question whether this would benefit the local economy and if building the hotel would not go against the government’s much-trumpeted virtues of a “thrifty society”.
- SmartShanghai reports that the Celine Dion’s Shanghai performance ended in an “orgy of violence and bloodshed”, with 17 dead and 38 critically wounded — a belated April Fool’s joke perhaps? [Update: The story has now been removed.]
Video of counterprotests by Chinese students at Duke University. Above-mentioned student Wang Qianyuan appears at 5:16, clearly standing opposite the vast majority of the Chinese students. At 7:05, a few classmates surround her, asking why she’s calling for Tibetan independence, and not waving the Chinese flag. At 7:27 she retorts by saying that Hong Kong has a flag too. Wang is now labelled “traitor” and “betrayer” all over the Chinese internet and Chinese netizens have dug up all sorts of details about her past and pieced them together.