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Mobile Sex In China: New Social App Makes Hooking Up Easier For 711 Million

Thanks to particularities of the Chinese language, China's largest Internet service provider has launched a mobile app with a name -- Weixin -- that means "little message," but also can mean something else. Its geo-location feat

Mobile Sex In China: New Social App Makes Hooking Up Easier For 711 Million


BEIJING - So who exactly is going to get excited about yet another mobile phone messaging service application? Tencent, China's largest Internet service portal, already has some 700 million users on its QQ service. So who needs yet another social tool for photo sharing or voice messaging, right? Not exactly. With weixin, whichliterally means "tiny message," you are heading for a linguistic gray area -- and potentially unexplored erogenous zones.

This new mobile software has been a runaway success since its launch last autumn. Chinese is a language with many words that sound similar, "weixin" also sounds like "for sex" and the main function of this instant message software appears to be just that - to meet up with a partner… for sex.

There is no shame attached to this popular new app. Shame would require a moral context -- and since most of the users are well-educated city-dwelling hipsters who expect to do what they please, go where they want, and surf online at any moment...moral stances are in relatively short supply.

This considerate tool offers a geo-localizing service so you can track and message any user within a one-kilometer radius, whether you know them or not. This provides the convenience of seeing a nearby person's photo, in relative privacy. It spares you the embarrassment of rejection when asking for his or her phone number.

Many seem to find it particularly convenient to engineer an encounter with a total stranger around Beijing's fashion landmarks or high-end offices and hotels.

In general, it's mostly men taking the initiative. They are on the hunt for "yue pao" which translates as "appointment bang." If you happen to match the contemporary Chinese preference for being tall, smart or rich, your chances for success are sure to rise. An along the lines of say, Jude Law, would be excellent. If you are not so lucky in the looks department, then the logo of your Mercedes-Benz or BMW, or an address at the Ritz Carton will do the trick just the same. You're sure to get the girl out for a romantic meal at least. As to further developments, good luck!

For Weixin, a Tencent QQ account is the only log-in option. But with a lion's share of China's registered users already signed up with QQ, that means Weixin is an option for more than 711 million active accounts. Or put another way: just about every single Chinese user of the Internet is registered with it. This tells you just how vast the erogenous zone you are stepping into really is.

Read the full original article in Chinese by Zhu Chong

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*Newsbites are digest items, not direct translations

**Correction: an earlier version of the article had incorrectly referred to 71 million users of Weixin. There are 711 million QQ users who have access to Weixin, though figures of how many actually use it are not available.

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When Racism Poisons Italy's Culinary Scene

This is the case of chef Mareme Cisse, a black woman, who was called a slur after a couple found out that she was the one who would be preparing their meal.

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Mareme Cisse in the kitchen of Ginger People&Food

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TURIN — Guess who's not coming to dinner. It seems like a scene from the American Deep South during the decades of segregation. But this happened in Italy, in this summer of 2023.

Two Italians, in their sixties, got up from the restaurant table and left (without saying goodbye, as the owner points out), when they declared that they didn't want to eat in a restaurant where the chef was what they called: an 'n-word.'

Racists, poor things. And ignorant, in the sense of not knowing basic facts. They don't realize that we are all made of mixtures, come from different racial and ethnic backgrounds. And that food, of course, are blends of different ingredients and recipes.

The restaurant is called Ginger People&Food, and these visitors from out of town probably didn't understand that either.

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