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Disaster tourism: How China manages the act of remembrance

Ten years after the Great Wenchuan Earthquake, the disaster is finally in Sichuan’s past — but the…

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Friday Song: Mao Zedong said ‘Change must come through the barrel of a gun’

Mao Zedong didn’t say that, of course. He said “枪杆子里面出政权” (qiānggǎnzi lǐmiàn chū zhèngquán) — Political power grows out of the…

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‘Relationship expert’ says Chinese comfort women prove gender superiority

Yang Bingyang 杨冰阳, or Ayawawa, is a Chinese relationship expert who created a lucrative business by preaching her questionable…

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‘Africa Week’ in Beijing aims to dismantle Africa-China clichés

A week of events, including panel discussions and performances, to promote understanding of Africa in China and…

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LGBT events spring up on Chinese campuses

Marking International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT) on May 17, college and high school students rallied on…

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Beijing high school students promote LGBT awareness with t-shirt campaign

Students at several Beijing public high schools have joined LGBT activist groups worldwide in celebrating International Day Against Homophobia,…

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No sleeping in class: Chinese high school installs cameras to monitor student facial expressions

A network of surveillance cameras backed by facial-recognition technology has been introduced to every classroom at a high school…

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Prayer flags, 5-D earthquake simulation, ruins: Yingxiu in 2018

All photos by Cassidy McDonald YINGXIU — Today marks the 10th anniversary of the magnitude 7.9 earthquake…

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The politics of (not) remembering Wenchuan’s earthquake victims

Photo by Yang Junzhe 杨珺喆 Ten years after a devastating earthquake in Sichuan left 90,000 dead,…

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Friday Song: Leslie Cheung, ‘I Am What I Am’

It’s very early on a Sunday morning. It’s 2006, I think. I’m in a grotty KTV somewhere beneath the…

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Movie theater in China apologizes for telling women to shut their mouths while watching ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

On May 11, Weibo user Donggu Liang Miaomiaowu 冬菇凉喵喵喵呜 went to the Tongliao Wanda Cinema in Inner Mongolia…

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Film Friday: ‘A Big Deal,’ just in time for Mother’s Day

Let’s try something. A SupChina film recommendation column, to run every Friday, called Film Friday. This could be…

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Police hunt for Didi driver suspected of raping and murdering a female passenger

Police in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, are searching for a Didi driver named Liu Zhenhua 刘镇华, who abandoned his car…

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Suzhou Garden Chic, evolved: An ancient city embraces the new millennium

Marco Polo called it “the Venice of the Orient,” while ancient Chinese compared it with heaven. Take…

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Sexist troll on Weibo says interracial marriages are a crime against the Chinese race

A Weibo user named “Dr. Xie 88” (谢博士88) posted an infographic…

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