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Society & Culture

The top news stories, headlines, news roundups, and related content from the world of Chinese society and culture — part of the daily SupChina newsletter, a convenient package of China’s business, political, cultural, and society news delivered to your inbox for free. SupChina is your premier source for China news.

Inside China’s staggeringly profitable influencer economy

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Ilham Tohti’s Sakharov Prize and the desecration of Uyghur society

Ilham Tohti was famous for pushing back against the material and social dispossession of Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims. When…

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Goodbye to The Bookworm, Beijing’s premier independent bookstore

The Intercontinental Hotel in Beijing’s nightlife district of Sanlitun is a soaring, luminescent statement of the city’s wealth, modernity, and…

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No Party for Cao Dong’s title song for ‘Devotion,’ like the game itself, deserved better

Devotion, the video game, is a first-person horror title by the Taiwanese developer Red Candle that was on its way…

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Zhejiang’s proposal for homework curfew deemed meaningless by stressed-out students

Earlier this week, when education authorities in Zhejiang Province unveiled a new set of policy proposals (in Chinese) aimed at making local…

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China’s Dirty Web

You’ve likely not heard of Zhina Wiki, Esu Wiki, or a slew of other 4chan-like forums in China that were…

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‘Mr. Vampire’: The definitive jiangshi movie

To wrap up our series on Chinese horror, we turn to the jiangshi, that most quintessential of Chinese monsters. Part-vampire,…

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Taiwan’s historic pride parade is celebration for Asia and reminder that the fight isn’t over

When Taiwan legalized gay marriage earlier this year, it positioned itself as a beacon of hope for the region. Its…

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Rising sea levels to turn Shanghai into a swamp — study

A new study on sea level rise due to climate change was published on Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications, titled,…

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China asks: Should a 13-year-old boy get the death sentence for killing a 10-year-old girl?

A 13-year-old boy in Dalian, Liaoning Province, has been sent to a juvenile correctional facility for a three-year term —…

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The Holy and the Broken

Salam: the First ****** Nobel Laureate is a documentary currently streaming on Netflix that looks at the life of Abdus Salam,…

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Hospital workers suspended for selling pop star JJ Lin’s medical waste

Staff at a hospital in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province, have been suspended for allegedly selling medical products used by Singaporean Mandopop…

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China’s longest-surviving — and very illegal — LGBT magazine

Beijing-based GS began as a listings and lifestyle magazine geared toward the gay community before evolving into a respected outlet…

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Children of China Pediatrics Foundation: Raising the Bar on Disability Awareness and Philanthropy

After being left alone on a Chinese street and then spending years in an orphanage in Henan Province, Jackson, an…

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Friday Song: Hang on the Box took Beijing punk international

The songs above feature in Krish Raghav’s list of 70 songs for 70 years of the People’s Republic of China. The…

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