Sunday, November 4, 2007

Harassed by a Laowai (foreigner)

This is the 6th most searched keyword on Yahoo China today, 2,436,025 in one day.

A Shenzhen girl who is currently working in Beijing wrote about how she was sexually harassed by a foreigner in her Sina and Spaces blogs, and the whole thing got so big that this Australian "laowai" has left China now.

According to her blogs, this is how it goes: she met this Australian in a Starbucks in Beijing back in 2005. Initially he was nice, but then after a while he started to send her sexually explicit SMS and photos as well as inviting her to a threesome party with his French girlfriend. She didn't like that. And then somehow she got into a fist fight with the French girlfriend and sustained some injuries on her face, so she decided to complain to BMW. Later she sued this guy but apparently it got no where. She was so bitter and exposed everything in her blogs, all the photos he sent her, his and the French girlfriend's personal information, such as full name, birth date, passport number and street address, emails of all the directors of BMW China. Most of the Chinese netizens are on her side, calling this guy a "foreign beast" and praising the girl for her action in "defending the dignity of Chinese women and Chinese law".

I don't know how she obtained all this information, especially their passports! She is truly someone you don't want to mess around with!

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Giant Debuts at NYSE

This is the second most searched keyword Yahoo China today, 2,450,337 searches in one day.

CEO Shi Yuzhu knocks the bell at NYSE


Giant Interactive (NYSE: GA) is yet another huge IPO. The offering was priced at $15.50 and raised $886.6 million. This IPO immediately made CEO Shi Yuzhu a rich man with 41 billion RMB in net worth. His daughter gets another 5 billions.

Giant's performance on the first day


Giant is an Internet gaming company. I don't know a lot about its products, but I was surprised to find that Shi Yuzhu was the guy behind the legendary "脑白金" (direct translation: brain platinum). It was a hugely successful health supplement sold in China a couple of years ago. At the time, you would see its commercials on almost every single TV channel during prime time. Everybody knew about 脑白金, although to date I still don't know what was actually in it. I could only guess it was some kind of multivitamin like Centrum. Chinese people went crazy over it, and Shi made a huge fortune. But of course it was nothing compared to this IPO. According to Shi himself, online gaming is the best business model because "management is so easy and you have absolutely no bad debt!"

I'd better add it to my stock watch list.

"Brain Platinum", the mysterious but hugely popular health supplement. I still remember being bombarded by it's repetitive TV commercials with the catchy phrase: "今年過節不收禮,收禮只收脑白金" (don't take any gifts this New Year holiday, unless it's a Brain Platinum!)


One Giant Chinese IPO

Thursday, November 1, 2007

22-year-old Rich Girl Looking For A Partner

This is the 3rd most searched keyword on Yahoo China today, 2,419,282 searches in one day.


A mysterious 22-year-old rich girl bought an ad space in Guangzhou Daily on Oct. 31. The ad was framed in red and attracted huge attention immediately. This is what the ad says:

Female, 22-year-old, gentle and quiet, understanding and sweet, 150cm tall, born in Guangzhou and lives in a high-class house in the city center. Family is well off. Now seeking a single gentleman of 168-175 cm height, age between 23-30 years, with good looks and health, for love and marriage. Location not and issue.

Interested parties please send personal details and two recent photos to Suitable candidates will be contacted. Forgive me if you don't receive any response.

This ad space and the same ad in another newspaper cost roughly 330,000 RMB, this girls is not stingy. One poll conducted by an internet forum shows people's reaction to the ad:

8.33% "I am definitely going to apply!"

18.1%  "It must be some marketing gimmick of some marriage arrangement service."

5.46% "I am not single any more, damn!"

68.1% "I am juts reading this to kill time."

But what if this is for real? Don't forgo this rare opportunity to meet this rich Chinese girl!