Chinese Internet Turns Black and White

From yesterday, all major Chinese Internet providers changed their home page to black and white to show respects to the victims in the Sichuan earthquake. Here are some screenshots (caution: big image, and may takes some time).

Yahoo China

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Sina News

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Sohu

 

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Netease

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We also changed our homepage to black and white at Kijiji.cn

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Including my small blog:

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25 Comments

  1. go go China.

  2. go go China.

  3. force to mourn

    May 20, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    It is not only to show respect. it is to follow AN ORDER form the Chinese government, and you HAVE TO obey.

    All the details here:

    http://shanghaiist.com/2008/05/19/online_implicat.php

    I am also affected by this earthquake, but I do not think that forcing people to mourn is a good way. what is the value of mourning if you are force to ?

    Regards

  4. force to mourn

    May 20, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    It is not only to show respect. it is to follow AN ORDER form the Chinese government, and you HAVE TO obey.

    All the details here:

    http://shanghaiist.com/2008/05/19/online_implicat.php

    I am also affected by this earthquake, but I do not think that forcing people to mourn is a good way. what is the value of mourning if you are force to ?

    Regards

  5. To force to mourn

    Shut up!!!

    We mourn for the victims in Sichuan, it’s initiative, we are not forced into doing it. You must not be Chinese. Will you mourn for the victims if your country happen such serious disaster???

  6. To force to mourn

    shut up!

    I dont think you are a chinese and i dont think you are a man!

  7. To force to mourn

    No one is forcing anyone to mourn, even I am a foreigner.

    On 19 May, when I told my staff that I was going to stand right infront of our building at 14:28 to pay my respect (3 mins slience mourning) to the earthquake’s victims, all my 40 staff including the cleaning laidies, gardeners, security guards and all the management staff told me that they wanted to join me. I was very moved and all of us lines up orderly at the square. At that moment, most of us cried when the siren, cars on the road started horning.. all the people along the street all stopped walking and stood still for 3 mins.

    We did that because we are human..

  8. To force to mourn

    No one is forcing anyone to mourn, even I am a foreigner.

    On 19 May, when I told my staff that I was going to stand right infront of our building at 14:28 to pay my respect (3 mins slience mourning) to the earthquake’s victims, all my 40 staff including the cleaning laidies, gardeners, security guards and all the management staff told me that they wanted to join me. I was very moved and all of us lines up orderly at the square. At that moment, most of us cried when the siren, cars on the road started horning.. all the people along the street all stopped walking and stood still for 3 mins.

    We did that because we are human..

  9. Don’t say nothing, just mourning. No forcing, just mourning from the heart. I think anyone at that time, including Chairmen Hu.

  10. To force to mourn

    No one is forcing anyone to mourn, even I am a foreigner.

    On 19 May, when I told my staff that I was going to stand right infront of our building at 14:28 to pay my respect (3 mins slience mourning) to the earthquake’s victims, all my 40 staff including the cleaning laidies, gardeners, security guards and all the management staff told me that they wanted to join me. I was very moved and all of us lines up orderly at the square. At that moment, most of us cried when the siren, cars on the road started horning.. all the people along the street all stopped walking and stood still for 3 mins.

    We did that because we are human..

  11. Jian Shuo

    Sorry for the repeated posting, I thought the system was down.

  12. if no one is forcing anyone, then how do we interpret the “announcement” from the govt?

    I’m surprised to find the “you are not chinese” accusations here.

  13. @ force to mourn:

    Regardless of your nationality, thanks for reminding us that we share the world with people who are not so bright.

  14. Siegfried,

    There is nothing to interpret. I don’t know which planet you are from, but it is common for governments to declare periods of mourning. It gives a chance for the people to express it’s sorrow and unity with the victims. The closing of entertainment places is appropriate. It reflects the seriousness of the calamity. I suppose that daily visit to the bar is REALLY important to you. I am sorry your were inconvenienced by our conscience.

  15. Wonton,

    Before engaging in a discussion, perhaps you should exercise more restraint on your habit of inferring what people did not imply. See http://home.wangjianshuo.com/archives/20080424_mixing_muddling_and_confusing.htm for more explicit examples.

    Certainly it is common for govt to declare periods of mourning. The essence of the question is whether it is appropriate to suspend all entertainment with mandatory orders. The keyword here is “force”, in case you still are not aware of its existence.

  16. Siegfried,

    The essence of your question indicates your preoccupation at picking on whatever our government does, and yes, your lack of interest in the events that led to this announcement leads me to infer that you are pretty mixed up, muddled and confused.

    As to whether it is appropriate to suspend all entertainment with mandatory orders, I have no problems with that. I would venture that most chinese too don’t have a problem with it either. Inconvenienced ? perhaps, but not much if you take what the victims of this earthquake is going through. Like I said before, I am sorry you were inconvenienced by our conscience. Oh! Just for the record, I don’t really care if you are chinese.

    Go tune your ukelele and play somewhere else.

  17. Wonton,

    Thank you for answering the relevant question, finally. Your answer certainly shed some light on why the people of PRC are manipulated so easily.

    I’m sorry that you could not comprehend the issues spotted and well-presented by the owner of this blog in that link. Let me take this opportunity to illustrate an example for educational purposes. It seems you inferred a few things from my question, namely,

    1. My preoccupation at picking on whatever your government does

    (It seems you’ve known me for a long time to know my position on whatever your govt does)

    2. I lack interest in the events that led to the announcement

    (Are you the worm in my belly?! Wow, I didn’t know you can access the internet in it!!)

    3. I’m pretty mixed up, muddled and confused.

    (Yeah, I was drunk. Was that you last night?)

    4. I’m inconvenienced by “your conscience”

    (Fortunately, I live in a place where liberty is appreciated and the ban is not enforceable. “Your conscience” has very limited effect.)

    Time is better spent on helping the victims in sichuan than messing around with people who can’t comprehend. Auf wiedersehen.

  18. @Siegfried,

    Total agreement with your last sentence.

    Thank you for your useless distraction.

  19. I got a ‘shiver’ reading through these posts… memory went to past history… talk of oppressive govts, liberty of people, etc etc… then finish with ‘Auf wiedersehen’… the language of what could well be regarded as the most oppressive and cruel govts of the 20th century… always love it when outsiders post in ignorance.

  20. @ AussiePB

    what does auf wiedersehen have to do with the comment being ignorant? If German is a taboo language in your view, what about English?

    Last time, I was in Australia there were riots in Sydney by aboriginals — If you recall the people who enslaved Africans in the United States also used English — and let me see Great Britain, the motherland of English, has a long history of colonialism in Africa and India — and don’t forget the genocide of native people in Canada and the United States — the opium war in China, the atomic bomb in Japan etc…– all done by English speakers…

    Your logic makes no sense.

    It’s one thing to criticize Siegfried because you believe his opinion is wrong or ignorant but to criticize someone based on their ethnicity or because they use a particular language is the height of ignorance.

    Peter

  21. hi peter. i don’t have time to write lengthy responses like u, but i wasn’t inferring ignorance due to language nor was i defending aust or any other countrty u brought up. many of this person’s comments were iignorant (point 1). point 2 to have german language and criticisng another country’s govts position or stance gave me shivers. i think i’m alowed my opinion here am i not? or are u the post police?

  22. @AussiePB:

    Don’t be too bothered by the comments of Mr Auf Wiedersehen.

    They are just cheap shots of a silly B. from a distance.

    Thanks for everything you and your gang have done for us.

  23. @aussiepb

    I don’t know how ignorant and “outside” I am to be qualified as an “ignorant outsider”. If your grandparents died and your parents harmed in that cute revolution caused by this lovely govt 30+ yrs ago, I bet you would be as critical as me of this govt, if not even more so.

    @wonton

    I believe the use of Chinese foul language is forbidden in this blog. Please beware of using “silly b” in front of our not-so-Chinese-savvy friends, it’s indicative of what you are.

  24. Hello Siegfried.

    How many times do you need to say good bye ?

    Ha ha, I smell a snake !

    What other excuse do you need to make up for your meaningless contribution ?

    I know what the “b” stands for, and so does the person I directed the msg to.

    As for you, I leave it to your imagination.

    May it be as negative as possible.

    :D

  25. Hehe – not-so-Chinese-savvy?? Nearly all aussies know what this term means in China… I’m with you on this one, Wonton!…

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