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Business & Technology

The biggest ecommerce companies in China — a brief guide

China’s ecommerce market is complex, massive, and highly competitive. Its companies and their business models are completely different from those in other markets, and none of the big American and European players have any real presence. This is a guide to the major Chinese players and their offerings.

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Society & Culture

‘Who Stole My Life?’ China’s gaokao identity theft scandal, illustrated

A Beijing artist depicts, through paintings, a recent revelation of mass identity theft that shook Chinese social media.

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Society & Culture

Chasing the Yellow River across the heartlands of China

In early May, Mads Vesterager Nielsen set out on a planned five-month motorbike odyssey across China. Anxiety over coronavirus has slowed him down here and there, but only a little.

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Society & Culture

The ‘bright future’ of Chinese life in Xinjiang

Life in the big city can be hard for Chinese migrant workers, but in Urumqi, economic incentives give them more opportunities than they'd get elsewhere. Provided that they are ethnically Han, that is.

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Foreign Affairs

The U.S. Sinophobia Tracker: How America is becoming unfriendly to Chinese students, scientists, and scholars

Tracking paranoid rhetoric, visa restrictions, and the targeted policing of China-connected research, which combine to create a hostile atmosphere for Chinese people in the U.S.

Society & Culture

The SupChina Book List

The 100 China books you have to read, ranked     This is the SupChina Book List, 100 books about China across all genres —...

Society & Culture

70 songs for 70 years of the People’s Republic of China

This post originally appeared on Medium and is republished here, with edits, with the author’s permission. A song for each year of the People’s Republic of China...

 

China Twitter: 100+ accounts you should follow

SupChina’s guide to the best of China Twitter in English.

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Society & Culture

The emperor who rules the emperors

The Jade Emperor is the head honcho of the divine Daoist pantheon, the mysterious “Lord of Heaven," a vague guiding entity awarding dynasties with the “Mandate of Heaven.” But he has also been mocked through the ages, his history a strange combination of majesty and comedy, pathos and bathos, inscrutable as the bureaucracy he heads and just as inept.

Society & Culture

When China collided with the Middle East: The Battle of Talas River and the height of Tang supremacy

The Battle of the Talas River is often presented as a major watershed in world history, the “high water mark” of Chinese power. On either the fourth or fifth day of the fight, the battle turned — on treachery and betrayal.

Foreign Affairs

More pain than gain: How the U.S.-China trade war hurt America

Lost jobs. Sagging GDP. All in the name of “winning the deal” instead of doing what’s best for American competitiveness.

Society & Culture

10 Chinese seasoning essentials you should keep in your pantry

In preparation for SupChina's new weekly food column, take a look at this list of ingredients that'll make any dish, Chinese or otherwise, that much tastier.

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Society & Culture

10 Chinese seasoning essentials you should keep in your pantry

In preparation for SupChina's new weekly food column, take a look at this list of ingredients that'll make any dish, Chinese or otherwise, that much tastier.

Society & Culture

Chinese trans woman wins sex discrimination lawsuit against employer in landmark victory

More than a year after she first began her legal fight, a transgender woman in Beijing has won her case against Chinese ecommerce platform Dangdang after the company fired her when she took a leave of absence for her gender confirmation surgery.

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Business & Technology

A Chinese billionaire behind bars. And his wife, who kept the empire together.

Former trash collector Huang Guangyu became China’s richest man by building an electronic appliance empire. Then he was jailed for 10 years for “illegal business dealings.” He emerged from jail in June with his fortune intact, thanks to his wife, Du Juan, who took the helm and fought off anyone who tried to dilute her husband’s ownership of the company.

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Society & Culture

Finally, some good news for victims of domestic abuse in China

After a few bleak months for victims of domestic violence in China, some positive news finally came this week.

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