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Copycat Syndrome Prevails on Chinese TV
by Ceci Zhao    Mon, Jul 7, 2014, 10:22 PM

Commentary Series by Ceci Zhao, Xiamen University School of Journalism student

XIAMEN, CHINA:  Chinese people have become used to watch variety shows, for there was nothing but only this kind of shows in China before, and as many different kinds of reality shows have been broadcast beyond imagination nowadays, we audiences get much wider choices. Hence, why the exotica can be accepted by nationals with such great speed, that is a big question. In order to obtain more extensive perspectives, I’ve interviewed several persons randomly.

Most believe that it is money and market that make reality shows grow just like mushrooms these years. However, a weak point they all put forward is that most shows lack in originality. What we all know is that many Chinese TV stations have introduced foreign shows from South Korea and Europe by buying their copyright at present. In other words, we really buy their ideas. One interviewee said she used to watch Day Day Up made by Hunan TV, but then she found there were too many parts even the theme song that were similar with several Japanese shows, so she gave up. Later I asked her what she depended on to judge the show had copied Japanese shows, just the time, she said yes. Maybe she is right.

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Most Popular Chinese Mag Stays on Top for Many Years
by Linda Wang    Mon, Jul 7, 2014, 10:14 PM

Commentary Series by Linda Wang, Xiamen University School of Journalism student

XIAMEN, CHINA:  Readers is one of China's comprehensive most literature digests, which has a circulation of about 7.5 million per month, ranking first for a continuous twelve-year in China.

Readers was first published in January 1981 in Gansu province, fortnightly. The launch followed the example of the US Readers's Digest. Although compared with Readers's Digest that started in 1922, the Chinese version is much younger and the development of the magazine is astonishing. During 30 years growth, Readers has received much praise as a Chinese mind reader.

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Chinese Universities Must Focus on Real Jobs Training
by Field Tan    Mon, Jul 7, 2014, 09:56 PM

Commentary Series by Field Tan, Xiamen School of Journalism student

XIAMEN, CHINA:  A research study published last year showed that the rate of employment of college students graduating in 2013 is 71.9%. This is lower than ever before.

At this time of year, many students struggle to find jobs. Universities have sent out 7270000 graduates to society this year. However, employment for them remains unsatisfied. Employment has been a big problem for university for such a long time.

Chang Qiang, a student majoring in economics in Xiamen University, said “I am studying economics, it seems that the major is very good as its admission’s line is higher. But every years there are so many students graduating from this major while there are not enough opportunities. So I worry about that.”

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Awful Chinese Movie; The Break Up Guru
by Emma Wu    Mon, Jul 7, 2014, 09:46 PM

Commentary Series by Emma Emma Wu, Xiamen University School of Journalism student

XIAMEN, CHINA:  Recently a new movie has been released in China. The movie is called The Breakup Guru, with famous actors, Deng Chao and Yang Mi, acting in leading roles for the comedy film.

The actors proclaim the movie through their Weibo websites and, maybe due the celebrity impact, The Breakup Guru and the Hollywood blockbuster, Transformers IV, opened on the same day for screening, and still the movie generated 150 million RMB for box office in just three days. When I went to watch the movie with my roommate, tickets were nearly sold out for the day. They employed an an excellent marketing campaign and it seemed to be very popular. But was it really a good movie worth paying for a ticket? Well,let’s listen to some different voices.

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Pax Obama: Bahrain Expels US Diplomats for Warmongering
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Jul 7, 2014, 08:39 PM

Bahrain has expelled US diplomats from their borders for engaging in warmongering activities.

According to the Houston Chronicle, "Bahrain ordered a top U.S. diplomat to leave the country on Monday after he met with a leading Shiite opposition group. The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski is not welcome in Bahrain. It said he intervened in the country's domestic affairs by holding meetings with some groups at the expense of others."

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Migrant Mosquito Virus Strikes 'Heart of Texas'
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Jul 7, 2014, 08:16 PM

A deadly migrant mosquito virus, called chikungunya, is sweeping deep into the 'Heart of Texas.' Fears are swirling that this could turn into a major pandemic.

The Houston Chronicle reports that, :Texas health officials have confirmed the state's first case of chikungunya, a mosquito-borne illness newly emerging in the western hemisphere. The patient, who lives in Williamson County near Austin, recently returned to Texas from a trip to the Caribbean, where the virus was detected late last year and now has been suspected or confirmed in about 135,000 people. It can cause severe joint pain and fever."

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Hillary Clinton 'Dead Broke' as Billionaire
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Jul 7, 2014, 12:53 AM

The Clinton family has generated more than $1 billion to their vast fortune, but former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton still considered herself "dead broke" for a few years while living in a mega mansion at a New York City suburb.

The Voice of Russia reports that, "The Wall Street Journal has claimed that the Clinton family’s vast connections to financial wealth and donors could affect her negatively in the 2016 presidential election (if she decides to run) while, at the same time, give her a leg up through industry donations to her campaign."

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Cambridge Hosts Pro-Child Molester Summit
by Tom McGregor    Sun, Jul 6, 2014, 11:58 PM

British academia has long endured a notorious reputation for being a hotbed for deviant sex acts. However, the University of Cambridge has promoted sexual perversion to the extreme by sponsoring an academic conference last July, which proclaimed peadophilia should be deemed the "new normal."

According to the Daily Telegraph of London, "The statement that paedophilia is “natural and normal” was made not three decades ago but last July. It was made not in private but as one of the central claims of an academic presentation delivered, at the invitation of the organisers, to many of the key experts in the field at a conference held by the University of Cambridge."

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El Salvador Welcomes Street Gangs at Presidential Mansion
by Tom McGregor    Sun, Jul 6, 2014, 10:55 PM

President Salvador Sanchez of El Salvador, a diehard Leftist, worries that the country's street gangs are perceived as "socially excluded." Accordingly, he intends to open his presidential palace as an art gallery to let street gangs enjoy bong parties to get drunk and high on the premises.

The BBC News reports that, "The new president of El Salvador has opened his official residence as an art gallery, welcoming what his office described as the socially excluded. The president's office said visitors would be able to see Salvadoran art and reflect on the country's reality."

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Obama Launches 'Tilt to Iran' Diplomacy
by Tom McGregor    Sun, Jul 6, 2014, 10:12 PM

President Barry Obama loves to use buzzwords when discussing foreign policy. He coined such pop phrases as "Reset on Russia" and "Pivot to Asia," while talking about so-called "Red Lines" and "Sector Sanctions." Now, he's getting groovy on "Tilt to Iran" diplomacy.

According to the Houston Chronicle, "Other experts believe that the U.S. has not only stepped back from the region, but has also actively sided with Iran in the process. Mike Doran, a senior fellow of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, describes the mayhem engulfing the Middle East as "a struggle over the regional order" among three sides: "Shiite Iran and its proxies; ISIS and likeminded Sunni extremists; and the traditional allies of the United States: Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, and Israel."

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