But the popularity of the loveable but imperious British cartoon character has risen unabated, and now just months after state media slammed her as an emblem of the counterculture, she is playing a starring role as the country ushers in the Year of the Pig on Tuesday. A new film titled "Peppa Pig Celebrates Chinese New Year" is being released on the first day of the holiday. The movie shows Peppa celebrating Lunar New Year with two new friends -- "Jiaozi" (dumpling) and "Tang yuan" (glutinous rice ball) -- named after popular local delicacies. The animation, which follows the daily adventures of a bright pink piglet, her brother George and her parents, is hugely popular with Chinese children. Last year, five-year-old twins Mi Ai and Mi Ni made a video asking to meet Queen Elizabeth II after seeing their porcine heroine visit the monarch in an episode. The clip garnered more than nine million views and made such an impact that the pair were invited for tea by the British … [Read more...] about ‘Gangster’ Peppa back in China’s good graces in Year of the Pig
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Viet Nam News Paul Kennedy So due to time differences and the fact I wasn’t going to stay up until 4am to write this column, England will either be in the final of Sunday’s World Cup or not. I’m not going to stick my neck on the line and look foolish by predicting a winner, but I will say this… it will be either England or Croatia in the final. Setting aside winning or losing, this has been a remarkable, if not completely surprising, World Cup for my home nation. Yet despite equaling their best ever finish in 28 years, when they were knocked out in the semi-final on penalties by Germany at Italia 90, there still seems to be a group of ‘fans’ out there not happy. I’m not talking about the loyal supporters over in Moscow, or those who were no doubt crammed into a bia hơi earlier today cheering on those in white, I’m talking about the keyboard warriors, probably lacking in friends and general social skills, who sit in their … [Read more...] about To all you keyboard warriors, GET A LIFE!