Top searches on Douyin, 16/06: AI computing network debuts, Tutor to streamer, Updates on Tangshan
Tutor to streamer, former New Oriental teacher went viral online.
Another attack in Tangshan? No, that's just rumors flying around. But Tangshan keeps uprooting the evil forces and people can't wait to get the beautiful Tangshan back. Tangshan's criminal cases and the city's determined fight against the evil forces are still boiling on the internet. In front of rumors on the internet, we all need to sharpen our eyes.
Today, China's artificial intelligence computing network made its debut on Huawei's annual developer conference. The network might be the gateway to a high-tech future.
How can a former English tutor stand out in the livestreaming business? The answer is bilingual livestreaming ! New Oriental's livestreaming strategy sparks many people's memories and gets a lot of followers.
Today’s newsletter is about ten trending topics on China’s popular social media Douyin, the Chinese equivalent of Tiktok. Please note that the top 10 topics were not selected by GRR, but from the real-time report from Douyin.
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Thursday's top 10 trending searches on Douyin as of 5:30 p.m. (0930 GMT):
#1 Tangshan refutes rumors of another vicious attack
#2 "Qian Jin" gets a score of 91 in her Chinese exam
Anna Shcherbakova, the beloved Russian figure skater, posted a video on her social media account. In the video, she happily told her fans that in the Russian college entrance examination, she got a high score in Chinese. The 18-year-old figure skater got the Chinese nickname Qianjin (meaning "beloved daughter") for her young age and her stunning performances on ice .
#3 Farmers across the country show off their skills
Farmers across China share their farming lives on Douyin, and the tag has been watched for over 210 million times. They show netizens the tricks of growing cucumbers, how to select melons, how to make special dishes, etc.
#4 A woman transfers 130 thousand yuan (about 19,400 U.S. dollars) as fare to a taxi driver by mistake
A woman in Zhengzhou, a city in central China's Henan Province, accidently put her password in the amount of payment and transferred over 130 thousand yuan to the taxi diver. The story has a happy ending luckily. The taxi driver called his company once he noticed the passenger's mistake and the money was returned to the lady immediately. The taxi driver later on said in an interview, "to put myself in her shoes, I would be anxious too."
#5 Dong Yuhui: I'm really selling the goods
#6 Do not search Coca-Cola
[ if you do, a skit will pop out on the phone. It's an ad.]
#7 China's AI computing network debuts
#8 Yu Minhong talks about Dong Yuhui's popularity
#9 Tangshan: uproot all crimes related to evil forces
#10 Wang Manyu's challenge of bouncing a ball with a bottle — Video [in Chinese]
In a video clip for the celebration of the Olympic Day on June 23rd, Chinese table tennis player Wang Manyu challenged the audience with a water bottle. She skillfully bounced a table tennis ball with a plastic bottle's top and ask the audience to give it a try.
Wang Manyu is the current world champion in women's singles and doubles, and she is also the 2020 Olympic champion in the team category.
#7 China's AI computing network debuts
According to Shanghai Security News, the AI computing network of China Computing NET made its first appearance on Huawei developer conference 2022 on Wednesday. As a core module of China Computing NET's first phase, the debut marks the launch of the whole plan.
The China Computing Net, also known as C²NET, is built by Pengcheng laboratory under the guidance of authorities to promote China's computing power. The plan aims to "build the national computing network as we do with electrical grids, operate the network as we do with the internet, and let customers use computing powers as they use electrical powers."
The China Computing Net now connects AI data centers and supercomputing networks in nine cities including Beijing, Hangzhou, Shenzhen and Chengdu. Each center is interconnected and can share computing capabilities. Users, mainly research organizations and industrial firms, can finish AI and computing works directly in the network, like using electricity today.
It's a milestone for China's computing power infrastructure construction. With the network as a prototype, China is building its own network with unified task-scheduling, a user-friendly interface and a sustainable development operation mode.
"It becomes support for the rapid development of the digital economy and a solid foundation for independent innovation," Mei Jianping, vice director of the ministry's High-Tech Department, told the Huawei Partner and Developer Conference, HPDC 2022,on Wednesday.
AI computing has become a new urban public resource and the connection of AI computing centers is the trend now. With more data centers, supercomputing centers and computing hubs connecting with the network in the future, China Computing Net will lay a strong foundation for digital economy and the national strategy of channelling more computing resources from China's eastern regions to less developed yet resources-rich western regions.
The debut marks a milestone in China's technological growth, it might change companies' logistics management, scientific institutes' research, and even ordinary people's daily life. And the result of the network is to be seen in the future.
#5 & # 8 Dong Yuhui: I'm really selling the goods, and Yu Minhong's reaction
Dong Yuhui, a former tutor of the education giant New Oriental went viral when he started livestreaming in both English and Chinese to sell goods.
In 2021, China’s Ministry of Education decided to enhance the regulation of after-school tutoring, which stroke education giant New Oriental harshly. The company now sees livestreaming as its way out. In December, 2021, New Oriental announced a new department called 东方甄选Oriental Select, and advanced into live shopping business. Many of the company’s former tutors then became hosts online.
In livestreams, Dong also actively shared his views on books and other stuff. He idled away too much so that at one moment he said to the audience "I'm really selling the goods."
Specializing in teaching English to senior high school students, Dong has tutored about 500,000 students over the eight years since he joined New Oriental. In 2019, he moved to Beijing from Xi'an, capital of Shaanxi province, and became head of the English teaching department at Koolearn.
After the new policy was introduced, he was moved to his new job at Dongfang Zhenxuan as a host. "I was pretty sad knowing that I can no longer teach. It took a while for me to adjust to the new role," he said. "Former teacher, current salesman "is how he describes himself on his personal Douyin account.
But people have realized that Dong is no ordinary salesman. On Monday, while pitching dried Antarctic krill, Dong told viewers that "krill" is just one of several English nouns used to refer to shrimp and related sea creatures.
"OK, let me teach you a few words," said Dong in Mandarin while writing "lobster", "prawn", "shrimp" and "krill" in English on a small whiteboard. Comments started to flood in from viewers saying that they never expected to actually learn something from a channel that sells things. Some even said they didn't know whether they should buy things or take notes.
Sixth Tone made a video on YouTube to introduce Dong and other New Oriental teacher-turned-livestreamers. Other than teaching English when selling goods in livestreams, those former tutors also share their thoughts and life philosophy a lot. The unusual technique of selling products win them large numbers of viewers, improving the channel's previous mediocre performance due to high price. Many viewers show nostalgic feelings when they saw the channel, as they themselves were once students at New Oriental.
"It is phenomenal that more than 600,000 people watched Dong's livestreaming. It might be temporary, but I do hope our channel Oriental Select could find a new road of development through this, " said Yu Minhong, the founder and president of New Oriental. As the leader of the company, Yu participated in several livestreams himself, hoping to make breakthroughs for New Oriental.
#1 Tangshan refutes the rumor of another vicious attack & #9 Tangshan: uproot all crimes related to evil forces
A rumor about another vicious incident in Tangshang was refuted by the city's Internet information office. The rumor said that a graduate student was raped and she climbed two kilometers to get help with broken legs.
An officer of Hebei Provincial Public Security Department said on her Weibo account that the police had never received this case or any case resembling it. She denounced the rumor mongers and asked netizens not to believe it.
In the Standing Committee enlarged meeting held on Wednesday, authorities put emphasis on uprooting the evil forces in society, and related cases must be investigated in a fast, accurate, comprehensive and decisive manner. With the "Thunderstorm" operation, the city will improve the community grid system, strengthen the grass-roots foundation and law enforcement, so that a working system that would spot crime clues and fight it will be build.
GRR has paid continuous attention to the barbecue incident and its follow-up. In our last post, we also provided detailed information about the "Thunderstorm" operation, which occupies Chinese citizens' attention these days.