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Society & Culture

A fresh look at the 1930s Jewish refuge, in ‘The Last Kings of Shanghai’

Jonathan Kaufman’s latest book provides an engaging, colorful history of Shanghai’s past that fully explores, but does not romanticize, the cosmopolitanism and colonialism of that era.

China's Two Palace Museums in Taipei and Beijing
Society & Culture

China’s two Palace Museums and their battle over legitimacy

China's two Palace Museums — one in Beijing, one in Taipei — both claim theirs is the real, legitimate museum. It's a story steeped in history and the cross-strait rivalry.

Darren Byler Xinjiang Column two sisters speak their story
Society & Culture

The imprisonment of the ‘model villagers’: Two Uyghur sisters on what it means to lose their family and way of life

For the family of sisters Nursiman and Nur’iman, a local work brigade placed a small red plaque with five stars on it to the front gate of their house. The stars stood for “patriotism, honesty, education, hygiene, and harmony.” But in the end, that didn't stop the sisters' parents and brother from being sent to jail for reasons that remain murky to this day.

Business & Technology

‘New infrastructure’ — China’s race for 5G and networked everything has a new catchphrase

China’s government is hyping the concept of “new infrastructure” — the massive deployment of 5G, industrial internet, and networked everything. What exactly are Beijing’s plans, and will U.S. sanctions on Huawei and other Chinese firms put the kibosh on them?

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The gaokao: The grueling test that makes (or breaks) Chinese youth

China’s college entrance exam can propel young people to prosperity — or dismantle their dreams — and it faces mounting criticism and pressure to reform.

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Society & Culture

China’s first database to let couples check domestic abuse history before marriage

The eastern city of Yiwu, Zhejiang Province, has become the first Chinese city to roll out a program that allows soon-to-be married couples to check, before tying the knot, if their partners have a history of domestic violence.

Society & Culture

China’s favorite spicy sauce brand did not actually cheat Tencent

China’s favorite hot sauce company was accused of not paying a $2.3 million advertising bill to internet giant Tencent. Now it turns out the company is innocent: Three people pretending to be marketing executives of the Guizhou Lao Gan Ma Company have been arrested for an elaborate scam.

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.

Special Feature

End of an era? A history of Chinese students in America

The Trump administration’s aggressive rhetoric against Chinese students is not unprecedented. But history tells us the U.S. will suffer for it.

Eric Fish

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Chinese Lives

Viya, China’s most popular (and hardest-working) livestreamer

Chinese Lives is a weekly series that looks at notable figures from all eras of Chinese history. This week: Viya, the face of China's “ecommerce livestreaming” boom.

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China Sports Column

Badminton legend Lin Dan retires, HK Sevens canceled

In this week's China Sports Column: One of China's most decorated world champions hangs up his boots, Wu Lei is still mulling a transfer to the English Premier League, and COVID-19 has put a premature end to this year's World Rugby Sevens Series.

China's Two Palace Museums in Taipei and Beijing
The SupChina Signal — A Primer on Modern China

China’s two Palace Museums and their battle over legitimacy

China's two Palace Museums — one in Beijing, one in Taipei — both claim theirs is the real, legitimate museum. It's a story steeped in history and the cross-strait rivalry.

Darren Byler Xinjiang Column two sisters speak their story
Window on Xinjiang

The imprisonment of the ‘model villagers’: Two Uyghur sisters on what it means to lose their family and way of life

For the family of sisters Nursiman and Nur’iman, a local work brigade placed a small red plaque with five stars on it to the front gate of their house. The stars stood for “patriotism, honesty, education, hygiene, and harmony.” But in the end, that didn't stop the sisters' parents and brother from being sent to jail for reasons that remain murky to this day.