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Society & Culture

The top news stories, headlines, news roundups, and related content from the world of Chinese society and culture — part of the daily SupChina newsletter, a convenient package of China’s business, political, cultural, and society news delivered to your inbox for free. SupChina is your premier source for China news.

Chinese commentary: COVID-19 may ravage America, but it won’t dent American self-confidence

Chairman Rabbit (兔主席 tù zhǔxí) is a popular anonymous WeChat account that features content on politics, international relations, and history.…

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Li Qingzhao, poet, ‘the most talented woman in history’

Illustration by Derek Zheng April is National Poetry Month, and to commemorate, we’ll be taking a look at famous Chinese…

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Chinese customers divided over Luckin Coffee fraud scandal

Despite the overwhelmingly negative perception of Luckin Coffee among U.S. investors and policymakers, the company's fraud scandal didn’t seem to…

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Self-Quarantine in Beijing: Ep. 6, Some protection is better than none

I’ve been illustrating this “Self-Quarantine in Beijing” series for a while now.  During this time, nothing has made me laugh…

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‘Chicken Poets’: Meng Jinghui’s absurdist comedy explores art in an artless world

April is National Poetry Month, and in honor of that, we present Chicken Poets, a film about a poet who…

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Three Americans get heat for cutting in a COVID-19 testing line in Qingdao; local government apologizes on their behalf

An altercation between three Americans and some locals outside of a COVID-19 testing site in Qingdao, Shandong Province, shows the…

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Sexism and gender stereotyping in Chinese advertising

While Chinese women have undeniably acquired greater decision-making power in both their households and the markets in the past decade,…

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What do Chinese people think of the recent ban on foreigners?

On March 28 the top question on Zhihu was, "What do you think of the recent ban on foreigners into…

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China postpones college entrance examination as COVID-19 outbreak drags on

China’s education authorities announced today that they would push this year’s annual college entrance exam back by one month because…

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The Americans who fled China due to coronavirus, only to flee back

Illustration by Derek Zheng On February 2, the U.S. Department of State issued a Level 4 travel advisory urging Americans living…

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‘Online wailing wall’: How Chinese netizens continue to honor Li Wenliang, COVID-19 whistleblower

Illustration by Alphabetes “It’s been said that in a society like this, the biggest act of rebelling is not forgetting.…

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Qingdao demolishes ultra-luxury villas over environmental violations

Authorities in Qingdao, a coastal city in China’s Shandong Province, have knocked down dozens of beachfront villas that were classified…

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In the spirit of Lei Feng

Illustration by Derek Zheng China is well-informed on household names of the West. Eight-year-olds are taught about Newton, Einstein, and Edison,…

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Movie screens in China go dark amid coronavirus. Again.

Are movie theaters in China an unofficial indication of the country’s success at eradicating the COVID-19 outbreak? According to the…

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Comic series: The quarantined dogs of Wuhan

I’ve been illustrating this “Self-Quarantine in Beijing” series for over a month now. This week’s episode is a bit different:…

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