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Friday Song: Lo Ta-yu seeks Hong Kong’s roots in ‘Pearl of the Orient’

In 1986, Lo Ta-yu (罗大佑 Luō Dàyòu), a Taiwanese singer-songwriter and a cultural icon in Mandopop, went to Hong…

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‘The Kid’: A childhood artifact from Bruce Lee’s pre-kung fu days

The 46th anniversary of Bruce Lee’s death is tomorrow. While fans fondly remember his late-career kung fu…

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Shanghai gets serious about garbage sorting and recycling

In the 1980s, China began importing scrap metal, plastic from recycling programs, and just about every other kind of…

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China Film Administration: We want more good (read: patriotic) content

As Chinese audiences were grappling with an unusually bleak summer…

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Friday Song: Ai Jing’s yearning for Hong Kong in ‘My 1997’

“1997, please come soon, then I can go to Hong Kong.” In 1992, in the eyes of many on the…

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Was Shandong University arranging girlfriends for male foreign students?

On Chinese college campuses, one tradition that has been taken for…

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‘The government is powerful, but it can’t shut us down’: Lü Pin on China’s #MeToo movement

Lü Pin 吕频 is a leading feminist activist currently based in the U.S. She has been working on women’s…

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5 questions about Disney’s ‘Mulan’ trailer

Last weekend, Disney unveiled the first trailer for its much-anticipated live-action Mulan, which is set for a release later…

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1973: When kung fu ruled the American box office

In 1973, American movie-goers could not get enough of Hong Kong cinema, with the top three spots…

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‘Broken Wings’: Jia Pingwa’s controversial novel explores human trafficking and rural China

Locked up in the cave, the only thing connecting me to the outside world was that one…

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Friday Song: Ty. doesn’t want to go to America, so he wrote a rap called ‘America’

Ever been to America, America? There’s no doubt that the Higher Brothers are the most internationally successful rap act to…

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‘The Crossing’: A crime-tinged teen drama that explores the Hong Kong-mainland China divide

The Crossing, director Bai Xue’s impressive film debut, is a stirring coming-of-age story set against the backdrop…

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Chinese and out in America — and only in America

“Here in America, walking down a street full of strangers, I can hold hands with my boyfriend…

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Real estate tycoon Wang Zhenhua accused of raping underage girl

Chinese billionaire Wáng Zhènhuá 王振华, the chairman of real estate enterprise Future Land, has been detained by Shanghai police…

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Requiem for the ‘Living Dead’: Ten years after 7-5

July 5, 2009, is a date that forever changed the course of Xinjiang history. The lives of…

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