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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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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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Friday Song: A Beijing New Year’s Eve tradition with Macondø

By definition, tradition is “an inherited, established, or customary pattern of thought, action, or behavior,” and this year, Beijing’s Temple…

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Friday Song: The Orphan of Asia, by the ‘idols’ idol’ Lo Ta-yu

Taiwanese singer-songwriter Lo Ta-yu (罗大佑 Luō Dàyòu) is known as the idols’ idol in the Mandopop scene. Among many…

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5 must-see Chinese movies of 2018

Five noteworthy Chinese movies from 2018, including from big-name directors Zhang Yimou, Jia Zhangke, and Jiang Wen.  

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Friday Song: ‘Boys (Chinese version)’ by Charli XCX

The simple addition of (Chinese version) to Charli XCX’s smash hit pop song “Boys” doesn’t really do this remix…

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I was mayor of a remote Chinese town in southeast Guizhou

“You can’t be mayor in China…” (A feel-good China story.)  

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Friday Song: ‘Made in China’ by Higher Brothers is the anthem Chinese rap needs

“Rap music? China? What are they even saying?” So opens the valley-girl drawl at the start of “Made in China,”…

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Friday Song: EXO treks well-covered boy band territory in ‘Growl’

EXO is an extremely popular Chinese-South Korean boy band formed in 2011. They’ve managed to gain broad appeal in…

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Zhang Shichuan and Zheng Zhengqiu: The unlikely duo who pioneered Chinese cinema

History now remembers Zhang Shichuan, a businessman, and Zheng Zhengqiu, an intellectual, as two of the key…

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From ‘Wolf Warrior’ to an actual wolf: The work of Haiyang, a Chinese mouth acrobat

“Cock-a-doodle-doo!” crowed Haiyang. It was 1993 on the outskirts of Luoyang, Henan province. As a mischievous 14-year-old boy, Haiyang 海洋 —…

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