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Young crosstalk artist sparks outrage for insensitive jokes about the Wenchuan earthquake

Zhāng Yúnléi 张云雷, a rising performer from China’s most distinguished crosstalk group, Déyúnshè 德云社, recently sparked public outrage after…

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Q&A: Ann Hu on being a Chinese-born filmmaker and foreign film distribution in China

Ann Hu is a Chinese-born writer, producer, and director who is known for her work on films such as…

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Inside the thriving but murky industry of egg donation in China

Commercial egg donation is strictly prohibited in China, according to regulations issued by the country’s Ministry of Public Health,…

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Friday Song: ‘Beneath the Cherry Blossom Tree’ — the first love that never blooms

Spring is slowly impressing its touch into the earth. As a native Cantonese, I have a springtime ritual —…

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‘Iron Moon’: A beautiful portrait of China’s working-class poets

Is there room for poetry in contemporary society? Iron Moon, an award-winning documentary that splices together the working-class life…

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An American’s China dream: Brian Linden and Yunnan tourism

Brian Linden isn’t trying to “save” the Chinese tourism industry, which suffers from top-down planning and dubious…

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Famous crosstalk artist under fire for crowdfunding abuse

Wú Shuài 吴帅, a Chinese comedian affiliated with the country’s most prestigious crosstalk performance group Déyúnshè 德云社, has caught…

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‘Trump on Show,’ reviewed: Cantonese Opera meets Donald Trump (and Mao, Kim Jong Un, Ivanka, etc.)

Li Kui-ming’s Trump on Show is, like its title character, over the top, sensationalist, and unpredictable. But…

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China’s generational divide and the struggles of building a queer family

Director Hao Wu ventures into the personal documentary genre in All in My Family, available on Netflix.  

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1919 to 2019: A century of youth protest and ideological conflict around May 4

Xi Jinping heads a party born out of a youth movement, and he’s now determined to stamp…

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WeChat’s censors are not #HereForJingyao: Public accounts supporting woman accusing Richard Liu of rape are shut down

WeChat appears to be purging public accounts that have voiced support for Liu Jingyao, the University of Minnesota student…

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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…

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Chinese students also victims of unethical admissions practices

The recent U.S. college admissions scandal was a big deal, but in China, cheating to get into…

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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…

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ is breaking Chinese box office records — and moviegoers

Say what you will about the Avengers franchise but it’s been an undeniably fun ride for its devoted fans,…

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