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Kuora: China has grand ambitions, but these factors are holding it back

This week’s column comes from one of Kaiser’s recent answers originally posted to Quora on January 23, 2011. What are the biggest problems, e.g.,…

The SupChina Q1 2019 Red Paper

Read our first of our new quarterly Red Paper series, in which we summarize the news from China three months at a time….

Friday Song: Kangding (poetry x music version)

We’re music enthusiasts here at SupChina, from Kaiser’s former life as a head-banger to Jeremy lending his vocals to this groovy electronic…

What went viral in China this week?

What went viral in China last week? A roundup including “xiangchun freedom” hype, a woman being asked to remove makeup by subway security…

Chinese react to U.S. college admissions cheating scandal

Earlier this month, the U.S. was rocked by the largest known college admissions scandal in the country’s history. Prosecutors say that between 2011…

Kobe, Yao Ming in Shenzhen for FIBA World Cup draw, and Chinese soccer loses to Thailand (again)

The China Sports Column is a SupChina weekly feature in which China Sports Insider Mark Dreyer looks at the week that was in…

‘City on Fire’: Behind the story and influence of Ringo Lam’s classic

City of Fire, the film that inspired Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs, is a masterclass in the Hong Kong crime genre.  

Sinica Podcast: Eric Olander and Anzetse Were on Sino-American competition in East Africa

This week’s Sinica Podcast is now live. This week on the Sinica Podcast, Kaiser and Jeremy are joined by Eric Olander, host…

Price of Chinese mahogany leaves drops after ‘xiangchun freedom’ hype

Yesterday, we mentioned that prices of Chinese mahogany leaves, a delicacy in some parts of China, had skyrocketed to 200 yuan ($30)…

Chinese or Taiwanese? Nana Ou-Yang is at the center of a political firestorm

Nana Ou-Yang 欧阳娜娜, the 18-year-old Taiwanese celebrity who has around 14 million followers on Weibo and over 2.2 million followers on…

Watch this artist make figures out of dough!

Dough modeling is a traditional form of art in China, and Zhanhang Xiao, age 60, is a…

A testament to failed compromise: The KMT museums of Guangzhou

The district of Yuexiu in Guangzhou is a diorama of the early history of the CCP and the KMT. It is…

From Tariff Man to toons: China stories to think about today

There is no big story from China today, so we present instead a buffet (自助餐 zìzhùcān) of interesting things to read or think…

Chinese coconut milk brand banned from airing its controversial commercial

Coconut Palm Company, one of China’s leading beverage companies, which is based in southern China’s Hainan Province, has been ordered to stop airing…

The actual worth of Chinese language proficiency

There’s an argument currently happening on Chinese social media about the value of learning English. The very same conversation can be…