Here are the top running stories and recurring themes on Shanghaiist for the year 2008. Looking back, we can’t help but marvel at what a crazy year it’s been!
The Edison Chen sex scandal
Edison Chen, Bobo Chan, Gillian Chung and Cecilia Cheung embroiled in Hong Kong’s biggest sex photo scandal ever
The Edison Chen sex scandal rages on with more pictures released by mystery man
Jolin Tsai, Maggie Q, Vincey Yeung sucked into Edison Chen scandal; Gillian Chung admits involvement
Edison Chen sex scandal: Witchhunt hits China
Edison Chen stuns Hong Kong by quitting showbiz
Someday, China may look back at the Edison Chen scandal and thank the man for its privacy laws
Now available: Edison Chen T-shirts!
The pre-Olympic madness
Buy your own “I Love Tibet” T-shirt on Taobao
(L) China: Nationalist netizens on MSN Messenger “heart” China
Artistic rendition of the state of Sino-US relations by one Chinese netizen
Attack on an American volunteer by anti-Carrefour mob in Zhuzhou, Hunan: UPDATED
Volunteer in China: “I was not in fact attacked by a mob”
Nationalist netizens call for boycott of Carrefour and other French brands
Hillary Clinton calls for Bush boycott of Olympic opening ceremony in Beijing
Anti-CNN website hacked
Westboro Baptist Church to picket the Beijing Olympics against a “godless, filthy, sodomite China”
Go ahead, buy your Olympic tickets, but you may not get your China visa
Riot in Weng’an County, Guizhou Province
All for the Olympics: Man sticks 2008 needles in his head
Report: Beijing bars told to ban black people during Olympics
No pirate paradise for Games visitors
Amnesty ads stirring up the Chinese internet
Jihad in China — 5 “Muslim terrorists” shot dead in Urumqi, Xinjiang
Spielberg boycotts Beijing (Gebrselassie, too?)
Go Olympics! Go China! 奥运加油！中国加油！
Terrorism, the Olympics, and the Xinjiang crackdown
Chaos continues in Dharamsala and Lhasa
Tibet Update: Press freedom, Nancy Pelosi and an ensuing PR battle
Recommended Reads: Tibet, Tibet and Tibet
Björk’s “Tibet, Tibet” caught on Youtube
Did Björk actually root for Tibetan independence in her Shanghai concert?
YouTube blocked in China, Tibet content likely to blame
China organises second media tour to Gansu; Tibetan monks disrupt tour again
The great Sichuan earthquake
Breaking News: Earthquake 7.9 on Richter scale hits Sichuan, tremors felt across China, more than 10,000 dead, thousands more trapped under rubble
The great Sichuan earthquake: What we know so far (and a second earthquake this morning)
News from Wolong: Giant pandas safe after earthquake
Premier Wen Jiaobao with a loudhailer
Great sorrow, great grief in Sichuan Province
Shanghai stocks weather the great Sichuan earthquake
Earthquake Updates: 32,477 dead, foreign rescue teams, lakes burst, three days of national mourning and suspension of Olympic torch relay
Video News: The smell of death, the British tourists at Wolong and the shift to a recovery mission as time runs out
Sichuan Earthquake: List of missing foreigners so far
Scene from Xinjian Primary School at Dujiangyan, Sichuan
This is what an earthquake feels like
More Sichuan earthquake video clips from NoComment TV
Probe into why close to 7,000 classrooms were destroyed begins; Day of reckoning to arrive soon
The heart-rending story of Chen Jian
CCTV interview with Sichuan reporter Wang Qian and wife of Chen Jian
Sharon Stone on the Sichuan earthquake and karma; Zhang Ziyi pissed off
Sharon Stone eats her words and apologises; Dior China drops her
Westboro Baptist Church: “Thank God for the Great Killer Earthquake”
Thank You to all guests, sponsors and partners of the Shanghaiist Earthquake Benefit: You’ve raised RMB228,336!
Emotions flow freely on first of three national mourning days
Heroic tales of motherly love emerge
If you’re thinking about adoption…
The most shameless hotpot restaurant in Chongqing?
Google harnesses the power of technology to help those affected by the earthquake
Online implications for the three days of national mourning; Public entertainment venues to shut?
Photos: Great Sichuan Earthquake Aftermath
After the earthquake, it’s time to get harmonious again, people!
Video: Beijing Olympic’s Opening ceremony
Video: U.S. cyclists arrive in Beijing wearing masks
Shocker: Liu Xiang pulls out of Beijing Olympics
Spain’s Olympic Basketball Team: Racist? Or just stupid?
Sorry little girl, you are too ugly for the Olympic opening ceremony
Photos: The Beijing Olympics … in Legos
Photos of all Olympic medal designs since 1896
Eye on Gay Shanghai: Gay Swim Teams and Other Olympic Sports
Chinese man kills an American tourist, injures another, and leaps to his death at Beijing’s Drum Tower
When the world’s fittest all gather in one place and there aren’t any condoms…
Singapore finds melamine in White Rabbit candies; Chinese dairy products now banned across Asia and Africa
Video: Anxious parents queue up to return poisoned infant milk powder
Use of melamine rampant in the Chinese feed industry
Up to 5% of Shanghai infants could have kidney stones
Cadbury, Oreo’s, M&M’s and Snickers pulled off the shelves in Hong Kong while Chinese quality officials drink milk to assuage public fears
Ritz and Lipton also hit by the melamine crisis
EU Trade Commissioner UK Business Secretary Peter Mandelson drinks Chinese milk, then gets diagnosed with kidney stone 9 days later
More melamine mania: Chocolate sex toys, processed egg products, Lotte biscuits, dead dogs
Melamine: It’s possibly in just about everything you eat here
China-bashing in Israeli media
Israel’s lone medallist Shahar Zubari calls the Chinese “scum”
Miscellaneous media gossip
Shanghai Media Gossip: NVR says never again
Cameltoe Alert at Shanghai Daily
SH Mag’s revamp
You could be the next owner of SH Mag!
Media Gossip: Time out on Time Out; That’s Beijing repossessed?
Xinhua does it again: Space mission report hits the Internet before launch of Shenzhou 7
Aric Queen to tell the story of his exile from Shanghai
ShanghaiExpat.com reported to the Shanghai internet police?
Big ad agencies in China want horny creatives!
Shanghai Daily reports that it is the most widely-read English-language publication among foreigners in Shanghai
Did ChinesePod steal The Radical Show?
The case of the First Lady’s mysterious extra legs
Oops of the Day: Yahoo and the New York Times
Oops of the Day 2: Jack Cafferty, CNN commentatorYet another Xinhua Photoshop blooper?
‘Human flesh search engines’
Student pranks, earthquakes and internet manhunts
Online lynch mobs find second post-quake target; Liaoning girl detained by the police
Shenzhen official dismissed after allegedly forcing 11 year old girl into toilet
‘Kappa Girl’ fired for sex video
Selected Shanghai stories
Deluded Shanghai expats and the modelling gigs they get
Gay expat teen in Shanghai shares his coming out story with the world on Youtube
More news on death of Canadian model Diana O’Brien in Shanghai
Coming in October: M1NT Shanghai, an exclusive club for millionaires and billionaires
M1NT’s Soft Opening: Pros and Cons
Racial profiling at Shanghai’s Tomorrow Square?
Overheard: Fight between Japanese and Chinese students at the Shanghai International Studies University
The Yang Shiqun Case: Political science students report their lecturer to the PSB for ‘counter-revolutionary’ ideas
The highly profitable public toilet at the Shanghai Railway Station
Sex, sex and more sex
The Li Pengfei Scandal: Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned
17-year-old Chinese girl beaten and raped; Video on Chinese web
Subway voyeurs are watching you
From Hong Kong with Love: Sex education dolls
Sex education for first graders in China
‘Godless’ China to be world’s biggest supplier of Bibles?
A year after Pope’s letter to Chinese Catholics, some positive developments
Evangelist Franklin Graham outgives entire nations to the relief effort
The Olympic competition for souls
Detained Christian dissident Hua Huiqi makes his escape after guards fall asleep
Religion in China: Underground churches and the halal food market
Hui Muslims in China
Other recommended reads
Chinese men set their eyes on Western women
Tianjin boy born with penis on back
Fancy your own personal flying machine?
World’s smallest man meets world’s leggiest woman
Nude beach in Sanya?
News of iPhone Girl makes it back to China