Google vs. China: some Funny Stuff

Written by Julen Madariaga on January 15th, 2010

Some images of the battle of the decade, the non-evil corporation Google against the dark forces of the commy government of China. Below the logo on Google.cn today. Clearly, the big G is sending a message to the Chinese: we respect you, we dig your ancient culture, it is just the disgusting authorities of your country that we don’t like. Those of our own country, on the other hand, are pretty cool…

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But even more wierd is the logo appeared on Google.com: Happy holidays. It is 14 January today, still one month to go for the holidays in China. And I don’t know of any other place where it is holidays today. Does this mean: happy holidays to the GFW and the Net Nanny? A very very long holiday is what those 2 deserve, and to never come back: NO, I get it now, it is Happy Holidays to the employees, G has sent all its Chinese employees on leave and dedicates the logo to them. Sweet!

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But the funniest thing by far I have seen today is this video that was circulating on twitter (thanks Tom!). This is China humour, I will explain it for those who don’t live here: Baidu is the only successful Chinese website that is not completely cluttered with the Wall of Characters and intrusive adverts in the style of the Chinese internet. Why is that? Because Baidu itself is from the start an obvious imitation of Google. The title of the video is: What will happen to Baidu when Google leaves China?

And the quote of the day:

Baidu it and you’ll know, Google it and you’ll know too much…

(from a Chinese tweet, translated by a commentator on the CMD)

UPDATE: another funny article here:

The last great battle of our time was underway last night as Google and China began fighting for control of every living thing on the face of the Earth. A fragile truce between the world’s two biggest powers collapsed as Google accused China of reneging on a deal which would see the search giant control North and South America and those parts of Africa where people can afford netbooks…

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Comments so far ↓

  1. Jan
    15
    1:33
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    yinbin

    Did you understand the last two sentences? :-) 最后两句你听懂了吗?

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  2. Jan
    15
    2:37
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    Uln

    Ah, actually I hadn’t watched all the way to the end.

    This is embarrassing, I have to admit I don‘t get it. It says something like: “hello, 我也用 ”fuyanjie” and “嘻嘻, 更健康“ ?

    Please somebody help? Xiao Lu!!!

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  3. Jan
    16
    1:48
    AM
    Uln

    Hey, where are my Chinese friends where I need them?

    Anyway, thanks to Little Yi I managed to get this this video explained offline. It goes like this:

    - Hello,我也用妇炎洁!
    (hello, I also use the *private parts cleaning product*)
    - 洗洗更健康!
    (clean it, clean it, more healthy!)

    Excuse all for my translation but I really don’t know so much about these things and not sure which is the English word for a vagina cleaning product. It is not a douchebag, but rather some sort of bottle.

    I think the whole thing just shows Baidu selling out every square inch of website for the lowliest of ads.

    Chinese readers: did I miss something now?

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  4. Jan
    16
    8:50
    AM
    yinbin

    You got it right. I thought it was very funny.

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  5. Jan
    16
    10:22
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    Uln

    Ah, thanks! I found it hilarious too, I was just a bit wary that I hadn’t got it right so I didnt want to laugh and soung silly. This fuyanjie is high level vocabulary for me! :)

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  6. Jan
    16
    12:13
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    maxiewawa

    I’m glad you explained the significance of that video, i had seen it before but didn’t get it.

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  7. Jan
    16
    3:53
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    Uln

    I suppose you mean the phrases in the end, the video itself was pretty easy to get, no?

    I am still not sure what exactly a 妇炎洁 is, I think it must be some very secret thing that Chinese ladies use but not Western ladies… oh dear, am I spending too many hours in front of my computer, I have to get out and see the World!

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  8. Jan
    16
    9:09
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    yinbin

    妇炎洁 is a famous brand of feminine wash in China. And the ad featuring this product has often been ridiculed on the internet.

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    Uln Reply:

    Ahh, I get it now. Thanks a lot, I was a bit embarrassed to go around asking my colleagues…

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  9. Jan
    19
    12:15
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  10. Jan
    19
    1:00
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    Chris Waugh

    You need to watch more TV, Uln. That Fuyanjie ad is on all the time, almost (but not quite) as irritating as the Naobaijin ads. The ad has two couples, one foreign, one Chinese. The female voice from the clip at the end of the Baidu video is the foreign woman. The male voice was a bit garbled to my ears, so I didn’t hear which of the two men in the ad he was. Anyways, others have explained enough.

    That Baidu video was hillarious! Thanks for sharing, it’s about the best thing I’ve seen to come out of this silly Google China kerfuffle.

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  11. Jan
    19
    3:26
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    Uln

    I admit it, I don’t watch enough TV. Actually I don’t watch any at all, the few times I get addicted to Chinese shows I follow them entirely on Youku. It is true that I am missing out a lot in terms of popular humour, because here, like everywhere, half of the jokes that people do are copied straight from TV.

    But seriously, I don’t think I could stand coming back home from work and having to turn THAT on. And the truth is I am too much of an internet addict to ever become a TV addict :)

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