This post represents a bit of a milestone here at Lost Laowai, as it is (if the title didn’t give it away) our 500th one.
The first post on Lost Laowai was back in September 2006, and we’ve averaged about 2 posts a week in the 3.5 years since.
Going off visitation alone, the most popular post in that time (and we take little pride in this) was “Zhang Ziyi nude on a beach” (due, in no small part to the fact that we’re high up in the Google results for “zhang ziyi nude“). Ironically, the post’s single (clothed) picture of Zhang has surely disappointed many a one-handed browser.
A better testament to post popularity, in my opinion, is found by taking a look at the posts that have garnered the most conversation over the years. Here are Lost Laowai’s top 10 posts based on comment count — which currently totals about 4,600:
(104 Comments): This thread, though originally posted 2.5 years ago, continues to actively debate the topic of racism in China. [Sep 2007]
(94 Comments): A now defunct method of circumventing the GFW’s blocking of Blogger/Blogspot. [Mar 2007]
(83 Comments): Home to a long debate between members of both the China and Thai expat communities on expat habits, social responsibility and ayis. [Jun 2009]
#4 — Sack this!
(65 Comments): A rant and discussion about the fact or fiction of China’s Great Shame — the looting of the Summer Palace during the Qing Dynasty. [Apr 2009]
(61 Comments): Another post that owes much of its traffic to a high-ranking search listing. Unfortunately the tips outlined in the post no longer work. [May 2007]
(57 Comments): Unsurprising that this made the list. The post, about the formation of the now infamous Anti-CNN site, deals with a number of hot buttons — Western/Chinese media ethics, Chinese sovereignty as well as the sovereignty of some of its autonomous regions, Tibetan riots, etc. [Apr 2008]
(52 Comments): This post, from just last month, looks to still has some comment mileage to go. If we’re not talking about race, media or riots… it’s obviously about women-pleasing abilities and penis size — of course. [Feb 2010]
#8 — Hello Ladies
(49 Comments): Much like the post above, this thread delves into the questions of romance, opinion of Westerns and gender roles in the Middle Kingdom. [Nov 2009]
(48 Comments): A discussion about Zhang Ziyi and how the public viewed her after she appeared at a basketball game with her foreigner boyfriend (now fiance) Vivi Nevo. [Jan 2007]
(48 Comments): Rant and discussion about Hong Huang’s presumably satirical article in the China Daily. [Jan 2010]
Though 500 posts may be a bit much to read through all at once, I encourage everyone to take a gander at our archive page and scan it for some more gems that have been written here over the years.
Lost Laowai could never have reached 500 posts if it hadn’t been for the wonderful contributors we’ve had over the years (33 and counting!), as well as the numerous readers and comment-leavers that have graced these pages with their presence. Thank you all, and see you all at 1000!