Understanding China, One Blog at a Time

An American in China

China and Facebook

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 28, 2010


Hot off the Chinese Press, did you know Facebook founder M. Zuckerberg has a girlfriend who is from America but whose ancestors are Chinese, thus to China she is a “American born Chinese”? Hmmm I didn’t either and really don’t give a shit. Firstly the chicoms block Facebook, secondly I dont know if I would get on Facebook if I could, and thirdly the race of some guy’s girlfriend, is of no consequence to me.
So why am I writing about it?
Because in China its all over the news. All of my friends have been talking about the founder of Facebook, a very rich man has a Chinese girlfriend, I correct them and say “no he has an American girlfriend.” They concede the point but are still excited because his girlfriend has Chinese blood and I guess to them it raises the status of Chinese everywhere if these two tie the knot. (digression- they make a good pair, like Lennon and yoko ono- both extremely homely which actually perpetuates the image that Chinese ladies are pretty fbugly)

My question is why the Chinese press who have at least 1,300,000,000 people to worry about, cares enough to waste ink on some guy whose web ap is disallowed in this country and who is dating a woman who is from the same country as he…
Maybe its just me but this to me seems like a non-issue, maybe I’ve just wasted 7 minutes and 33 seconds writing about it, but when I started it seemed like a noble thing to do..

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