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Chinese kindergarten teacher, fired for being gay, sues to get job back

A Chinese kindergarten teacher who was dismissed last summer allegedly…

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Hanshan: Investigating the life of Chinese literature’s most mysterious poet

The poet Hanshan 寒山, a name meaning “Cold Mountain,” ranks as one of the most eccentric and mysterious figures…

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And then they came for man earrings

For many Chinese people, man earrings are a mainstream fashion, no longer a novel object or a taboo. Earrings,…

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Flavor is more than skin deep: The many ways in which Chinese eat offal

China and the United States are among the world’s biggest meat consumers, but there’s a big difference in what…

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Friday Song: Panic Worm — Chicken Spit

Wuhan might be more famous for SMZB (that punk band with the bagpipes) or the hangout Wuhan Prison,…

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Film Friday: ‘Einstein and Einstein’ depicts the painful reality of growing up in China

Storytellers the world over are drawn to bildungsroman, focusing on…

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Women’s rights NGO forced to close for being a ‘suspected illegal social organization’

Last month, the Guangzhou Gender and Sexuality Education Center (GSEC), a leading non-profit whose mission…

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100 rules for short-video apps

The short-video industry is currently having a big moment in China, with apps like Kuaishou and Douyin…

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Shandong is having a baby bust

While official data on China’s birth rate last year is yet to be released, multiple signs indicate…

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‘Deers’ vs. ‘Horses’: Old and new Marxist groups wage ideological battle at Peking University

One Marxist student group is backed by the Party. The other’s WeChat account is blocked.   [caption id=”attachment_63306″ align=”alignnone”…

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A new Li Bai biography by Ha Jin, ‘The Banished Immortal,’ looks at the man behind the myth

Li Bai towers over Chinese literature. But few have attempted, in English, to explain the man behind…

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How a highly anticipated NYE Chinese art film became the most nonsensical movie of 2018

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The lifetime of a meme: The lesson of Zhang Jinlai, a.k.a. Liuxiaolingtong

The internet’s meme economy is complicated. Some memes are self-explanatory and inherently funny, but…

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Friday Song: Beijing punk band Demerit: Sink or Swim?

Independent record label Maybe Mars has been trendsetters of the Chinese underground music scene since 2007. On January 1, it…

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Film Friday: ‘The Great Buddha+,’ Taiwan’s award-winning dark comedy, is worth the hype

Director Huang Hsin-yao’s satirical, sometimes bleak dark comedy focuses on class, political corruption, and religion in Taiwan.  

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