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‘Mukbang’ binge-eating kink videos are now illegal in China

The internet’s “mukbang” trend is toast.

China has made the decision to outlaw overt gluttony in public and on social media, which also targets Chinese mukbangers who gorge on camera to the enjoyment of millions of culinary kink fans around the world. Legislators introduced the proposal late last year as part of President Xi Jinping’s campaign against food waste in China and around the world.

Censors have already removed such content from Chinese social media sites, Vice News has reported, such as TikTok’s Douyin, a video-sharing platform exclusively for Chinese users.

Under the new law, according to China’s congressional

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McDonald’s starts offering vegan meat in China

McDonald’s will begin serving vegan spam dubbed OmniPork Luncheon Meat as part of its breakfast menu in Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen.

The OmniPork Luncheon Meat was rolled out to 280 McDonald’s locations in Hong Kong and Macau last October.

It is a plant-based version of Hormel’s popular canned meat made of soybeans, wheat, beets, and coconut oil and manufactured by OmniFoods, a Hong Kong-based company founded by David Yeung, the entrepreneur behind social enterprise Green Monday.

The positive response prompted McDonald’s to offer this plant-based option in other Asian markets.

A growing number of Chinese consumers are seeking food choices

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After being detained in China, one LA resident began a Uyghur restaurant to educate through food

ALHAMBRA, Calif. (RNS) — Bright, young and ambitious, Bugra Arkin was similar to many other graduate students at University of Southern California. Arkin’s Uyghur heritage was little more than a footnote at a polyglot campus in one of America’s most multicultural cities.

Yet, when he visited Beijing prior to his graduation in 2017 as part of a school project, his ethnicity brought him undue attention. At 1 a.m., a knock came at his door, and he was questioned for hours by the police — an ordeal that shocked others on the school trip.

Thinking the authorities were no longer interested

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China Ban Sours Taiwan’s ‘Freedom Pineapple’ Harvest

A Chinese ban on pineapple imports from Taiwan has sparked a flood of patriotic buying of the fruit and forced restaurants to come up with inventive new menu choices but it has also left many questioning Taipei’s overwhelming economic reliance on its giant neighbour.

While much of the island’s pineapple crop is consumed at home, 90 percent of its overseas shipments head for sale in the vast Chinese market.

However, that leaves its farmers at the mercy of Beijing’s authoritarian leaders who view the self-ruled democracy as their own territory and have vowed to one day seize it, by force

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