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College student expelled after making negative remarks about Chinese patriotism

A Chinese college in Hunan Province has expelled a first-year student who made remarks critical of patriotism on social…

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Friday song: Vava, queen of Chinese hip-hop, demands ‘look at me’ on Crazy Rich Asians soundtrack

From its first line, you know exactly what Vava’s hit song, “My New Swag” (我的新衣 wǒ de xīn yī),…

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A Mandarin-speaking spring

No water comes out of Hanlai Spring until someone speaks to it in Mandarin — or so the locals…

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The crime of filial neglect, and shifting senior care to families

“Five siblings have been punished for not fulfilling filial duties after their elderly father died alone last year,”

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Friday Song: Soft Lipa is pissed off, seriously pissed off

In 2009, Taiwan native Soft Lipa (蛋堡 dàn bǎo) released his debut album, 收敛水 (shōulián shuǐ). Since, he has…

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Chinese adoptees and their stories: Q&A with Melissa Ludtke

Melissa Ludtke is a journalist and educator who adopted a daughter from China in 1997 named Maya. Together they…

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Friday Song: Wishing You Well

Have a great weekend, everyone — here’s Sun Yue 孙悦 sharing our sentiments, with her 1994 hit Wishing You Peace/Well 祝你平安. “Your…

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Film Friday: Xiang Yu, the tragic Chinese hero

Xiang Yu is ubiquitous in Chinese culture, appearing in countless TV shows, plays, and films (including the classic Farewell…

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Rainbow trout sales hit rock bottom amid salmon debate

The most effective punishment for scammers is simply not buying into their nauseating lies, and that’s basically how Chinese…

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NPC members call for criminalization of HIV non-disclosure

Several members of China’s National People’s Congress are advising the nation’s law-makers to make it a legal obligation for…

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Entrepreneurs face backlash after voicing support for Didi president Jean Liu

The ongoing battle between Didi Chuxing and pretty much the entire Chinese internet has escalated, thanks to some unexpected…

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Friday Song: “Friends,” by Zang Tianshuo, the old Beijing rock star

“Pengyou” 朋友, literally translated as “Friends,” is a 1987 hit from the Beijing rock star Zang Tianshuo 臧天朔 —…

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5 great Chinese movies from the Second Golden Age

The Second Golden Age of Chinese film, short-lived as it was, saw some of China’s best directors,…

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Baidu sues comedian over online joke about CEO Robin Li

Baidu, the Chinese internet services conglomerate and the fourth-most-visited website in the world, is suing a Beijing-based humor writer…

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An apology tour from Didi, but customers are calling for change

The death of a 20-year-old female passenger at the hands of a Didi driver marked the

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