Internet Slang

喪 [sàng], 喪文化 [sàng wén huà] and 小確喪 [xiǎo què sàng]

喪 [sàng] adj./v. To vegetate due to deep frustration. This Internet slang became popular in 2016 following Internet memes like 葛優癱 [gě yōu tān] “the Ge You slouch”, 廢柴 [fèi chái] “trashy firewood, douchebags”, 生無所戀 [shēng wú suǒ liàn] “There is nothing in life to long for”, Pepe the Frog, etc. Analysts attribute the popularity of this Internet slang term to the post-90s‘ [people born between 1990 and 1999] pessimism about social mobility amidst a host of social problems such as air pollution, the skyrocketing housing prices, and workplace stress.

喪文化 [sàng wén huà] n. The subculture of vegetating. This Internet slang term refers to a collection of beliefs and behaviors that enable the working-class youth in China to express their pessimism about life and their future.

小確喪 [xiǎo què sàng] n. Little+definite+frustration. A sarcastic antonym of 小确幸 [xiǎo què xìng] “Little definite happiness,” this Internet slang term was originally the title of an Internet pop song. Now it is used to describe the working-class youth’s certainty about daily nuisances and the drudgery of work.



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Wallace Chung

Wallace Fires His Mom

Sorry, mom,
I want to fire you.

I say I will go home after I am finished with all this work.

only when I feel unwell
will I think of my mom: She is probably fine, right?

I am busy day after day.
Only when I stop working will I think:
For life
you must have toiled a lot too, right?

Dear mom,
love and cherish yourself.

Now you have the Ecovacs robots to help you.
All these years, you have travailed a lot
May the mothers all over the world have a happy Mother’s Day.

Ecovacs Robotics
They are robots, they are also your family.



Agnes Meiling Kaneko Chan’s Advice

【10 Things Parents Should Never Do!】Agnes Meiling Kaneko Chan started her singing career at 14 and once enjoyed equal popularity with Teresa Teng Li-Chun aka Deng Lijun. Later she got married in Japan and has three sons, all of whom enrolled in the No.1 university in the U.S., Stanford University, under her guidance. What’s the secret of her parenting success? Agnes Chan shared it with us in the video.

Ten Things Parents Should Not Do

1. Do not compare your kids with other kids. Too much comparison may hurt their self confidence, which will make them too afraid to show you their potential. Some kids of low self confidence may choose to bully or look down on others.

2. Don’t reward your children with material things. They may discard the toys you rewarded them after two or three weeks. Toys are not their friends forever. A mom asked me what to do when her daughter didn’t like taking showers. I said, “You can tell your daughter, ‘If you take a shower and clean yourself, you can help me put on some makeup.'” If it were a boy, tell him if he takes a shower, he will be allowed to help his dad put on some makeup. He will definitely love that! Reward your kids with fun events that’ll enhance the communication among family members.

3. Do not make daily schedules for the children. Many parents expect their children to play after finishing the homework. No, doing homework is playing; playing is learning. I don’t let my children separate learning and playing that clarly. When it rained, I took my kids to the park. I let them float the leaves on the water and see whose leaf swam faster. Then I asked them, “Why does it rain?” I nurture their interest in looking for answers. When they can see and experience problems in a tangible way, they will learn very fast and they won’t feel that learning is toiling.

4.  Don’t let your kids enroll in tutoring programs. The tutoring programs that aim to raise your kids’ grades give them the impression that the purpose of learning is to get good grades. If you spend the money on tutoring programs on family trips instead, the outcome will be better. My oldest son loves fishes. We went to almost all the aquariums we could go to in Japan.

5. Don’t make choices for your children. It is very important to learn how to make choices. Since my kids were small, I have trained them to make choices, such as picking ice creams. When my oldest son was in high school, he chose to apply to universities in the U.S. I expected him to pick the No.1 or the No.2 university, but he chose the No.7 school. Every new student in that school was assigned a horse. Every day hey had to take care of the horse before going to class. That trained them to be responsible. My son enjoyed studying there and did well. The school taught him well. He made the right choice.

6. Don’t prevent your kids from falling in love in high school. Dating teaches us how to love and how to be loved, so I encouraged my sons to have girlfriends, but I also taught them to be responsible—they must not become fathers. They all had girlfriends when they were in high school. I could see they were very happy. I gave them sex education very early—when they were 9 years old.

7.  Don’t scold or hit your kids. I am against scolding and physical punishment. Physical punishment gives you fast results—the kids will give in quickly—but do they really understand the problems? It is better to have a conversation and discuss the problems thoroughly. My longest record was 8 hours. My kids later joked that physical punishment was better because they could leave earlier.

8. Don’t lie to your kids. For example, keep you promise to your kids. If you don’t, your kids will think you lied to them. If kids don’t trust others, they will be very lonely all their lives.

9. Don’t ignore your children because of work. Even two to five minutes of interaction with your little children will be like heaven to them.

10. When your kids ask you questions, never tell them to “wait a second.” Even when I was cooking, I turned off the gas when my kid asked me, “Why is the sky blue?” I told him, “That’s a great question!!! Let’s look for the answer together in a second.”

For me, education is giving the kids some tools for finding dreams. If they fail, they can move on to find other dreams. If they succeed, they need to be modest and learn to share.

(Click here to watch the video)



Source: Weibo


Cool Moms

Hahaha such moms are so cool [哈哈][哈哈] ​​​​

I overheard two aunts [middle-aged women] talking while taking a walk in the park after dinner. Aunt A asked: You daughter must be 29 now, right? How come she hasn’t found a husband? And you don’t give her a push either. Aunt B answered: She does not want to get married. Aunt A was very surprised after hearing that: Not wanting to get married? What is she going to do after she gets old? Aunt B answered: When she is old, I will be dead already. Why do I have to care so much about that?

My aunt: Why is Little Huang still unmarried? Look at Tingting (her daughter). She went to find dates as soon as I asked her to. My mom: Right. Tingting has had this strength since she was a kid. She eats everything you give her. Not picky at all. #Oh the mouths of middle-aged women#

WeChat conversation:

A: [cp] When you look for boyfriends, never tell him you are crazy about any star. Just tell him you love travelling and you will go to several places every year. Tell him you love collecting stuff. Occasionally you will receive odd packets. Tell him you love making friends and have some girls whom you love chatting with on line. You love a certain color and get stoked as soon as you see it. You love sports and have to go to the stadium several times. When you successfully get the guy, then you can tell him: I am a crazy fan. So what…Of course, if you see someone you don’t like, you can tell him up front you are a crazy fan and you are a brain-damaged avid fan 24 hours a day. [微笑] [/cp]

B: Thank you mom.

哈哈哈这样的妈妈很酷了[哈哈][哈哈] ​​​​


Xue Zhiqian’s Concert

At tonight’s concert in Guangzhou, Xue Zhiqian asked how many people bought scalped tickets by a show of hands only to discover everyone raised their hands.[允悲][允悲][允悲] (Click here to watch the video.)

今晚广州薛之谦演唱会现场,薛之谦问是买黄牛票进来的请举手,结果全场都在举手[允悲][允悲][允悲] L秒拍视频 ​​​​

Source: Weibo


Respect their Behavior

“Sir, should we respect the elders?” The principal was sitting beside me. He asked, “What are you saying? We should.” In our culture we ought to show respect. But respect what? Respect behaviour. Teach your children. -You have made a very important point. I want to tell our viewers, our culture is such. We teach children to respect elders. That is good. We ought to respect elders. But as he says, respect their behaviour. Not their age. If someone’s behaviour is inappropriate, then no matter what his age is, we must not respect them. Instead, we should complain.

Source: Weibo