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Friday Song: ‘Ivory Boat,’ a love song against the inevitable passage of time

The origin story of Taiwan-based indie folk-rock quintet Fool and Idiot 傻子与白痴 (shǎzi yǔ…

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The life and work of Dai Tielang, director of ‘Black Cat Detective’

A cat detective. A mouse with one ear. Zany gadgets and surprising violence. Welcome to the mind…

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MUJI is latest foreign company to apologize to China, for ‘French Concession’

Japanese lifestyle brand MUJI has apologized (in Chinese) for describing the location of a recent sponsored event…

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Former University of Illinois professor Xu Gang sued over alleged rape and other sex crimes

Three people have filed a lawsuit against disgraced Chinese curator Xú Gāng 徐钢, the former professor at the University…

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On the border of China and Myanmar, commerce and consternation

The Chinese border town of Ruili is home to tens of thousands of Burmese, including a sizable…

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Wu Guanzhong at 100: Looking back on the life of China’s master painter

Combining techniques from the East and West, “the father of modern Chinese painting” created a style distinctly…

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China finally acknowledges its TV shows are too dang long

Watching a Chinese TV show requires serious commitment. From mega-hit historical drama Empresses in the Palace, also known as…

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Friday Song: Champion by Jason Derulo ft. Tia Ray (official FIBA 2019 World Cup song)

China had a rough go at the FIBA World Cup this year, failing to make it out of…

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‘Secrets in the Hot Spring’: A horror-comedy more silly than scary

Secrets in the Hot Spring is a wacky, well-intentioned take at the haunted house genre.  

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China to curb facial recognition technology in schools

After letting facial recognition devices saturate Chinese schools for years…

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China’s cigarette smoking epidemic

Nearly one in three smokers in the world is Chinese. In 2018, there were nearly 800,000 new cases of…

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‘American Factory,’ reviewed

Minor quibbles aside, American Factory serves up heaps of humanity and is rich in both pathos and…

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Shanghai single mother fights for maternity benefits

After a prolonged legal battle to claim maternity benefits for her only child, Zhāng Méng 张萌 — a Chinese…

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How companies profit from forced labor in Xinjiang

Factories of Turkic Muslim internment, part of China’s reeducation camp system, are subsidized and directed by the…

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Clothing retailer Zara apologizes again, denies supporting strikes in Hong Kong

Fast fashion giant Zara, which apologized last year for listing Taiwan as an independent country on its website, has…

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