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Chelsea Cheng

Chelsea Cheng was born in Zhongshan and raised in the SF Bay Area. She is currently pursuing a B.A. in English at NYU, and holds a great passion for film, literature, culture, and politics. Follow her twitter @chxsea_

Guo Lusheng and underground poetry during the Cultural Revolution

Today is the final day of Poetry Month, celebrated every April. We commemorated it with a series of articles about…

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Friday Song: ‘Second Farewell to Cambridge,’ Xu Zhimo’s poem that inspired multiple songs

April marks National Poetry Month, and we’re running a series of articles to celebrate it. “Second Farewell to Cambridge” (再别康桥 zàibié kāngqiáo)…

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Friday Song: “Wishing We Would Last Forever” and Su Shi

“Wishing We Would Last Forever” (但愿人长久 dànyuànrénchángjiǔ) is a Mandarin pop ballad sung by Chinese singer-songwriter/actress Faye Wong. Released on…

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Woman arrested after video shows her disrespecting Chinese communist symbol, the red scarf

The Public Security Bureau of Rong County, Sichuan Province, arrested (in Chinese) a woman on April 8 on the charge of “disorderly…

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Friday Song: Chyi Yu’s ‘The Olive Tree,’ which channels songwriter San Mao’s spirit of freedom

A few weeks ago, I recommended Chyi Chin’s “The Outside World.” Today’s song is a 1979 hit by Chyi’s elder…

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Friday Song: ‘Lovebird’ and Lay Zhang’s path to international stardom

American hip-hop and electronic music group Far East Movement and Chinese pop star Lay Zhang 张艺兴 collaborated on “Lovebird,” a…

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Chinese proposal aims to clean up live-streaming in the name of underage internet users

The All-China Youth Federation (ACYF), a government-backed organization affiliated with the Communist Youth League of China, has introduced a proposal (in…

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Friday Song: ‘Goodbye Kiss’ by Jacky Cheung, Hong Kong’s ‘God of Songs’

The first time I encountered “Goodbye Kiss” (吻别 Wěn Bié) was through Michael Learns to Rock’s “Take Me to Your Heart,”…

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Film Friday: Humanity amid massacre: ‘City of Life and Death,’ reviewed

What filmmaker Lu Chuan does that his predecessors were unable or unwilling to do is bring multidimensionality to an unfathomable…

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Ride-hailing is dangerous for unaccompanied minors. The Chinese internet debates: Is there a fix?

Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing recently conducted a WeChat poll to gauge the public’s thoughts about minors using ride-hailing services…

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Friday Song: ‘Outside World’ and its yearning and heartbreak

I recently rewatched the Hong Kong musical film Perhaps Love and rediscovered this ’80s classic from singer-songwriter Chyi Chin 齐秦. Although…

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‘The Wandering Earth’: China’s futuristic blockbuster rehashes Hollywood-style nationalism, clichés, and schmaltz

A film of just disaster clichés is empty, but a film that tries to fill that void with sentimentality is…

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