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Inside a Chinese labor camp: Q&A with Leon Lee, director of ‘Letter from Masanjia’

Leon Lee is a Canadian filmmaker whose documentaries focus on…

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China’s Red Collectors

Meet the Chinese collectors preserving memories from the Mao era — and the country’s erstwhile revolutionary spirit — through…

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Friday Song: The deep, dark hell of exam season

It’s gaokao season, so here’s one about the copious joys of cram school and preparatory classes: the song…

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Now on Netflix: A love song to China’s Belt and Road Initiative

In the scenic yet deadly high mountains of Gilgit, Pakistan,…

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Friday Song: ‘Flowers of Freedom’ and its political implications

The phrase “自由花” (zìyóu huā), or “flowers of freedom,” has appeared in several seminal moments in Chinese history. The last…

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Friday Song: The jazz and hip-hop of Dabozz

She’s alternative, free-spirited, and unpredictable. In 2016, Dabozz 大包子 resigned from her job at a state-owned financial institution to pursue…

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Film Friday: Memory and desire ‘In the Heat of the Sun’

In the film In the Heat of the Sun 阳光灿烂的日子 (yángguāng cànlàn…

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‘The Flying Tigers’ excerpt: Roosevelt’s quest to get American fighter planes to China

Editor’s Note: They flew missions for only less than a year, but the Flying Tigers — technically the First American…

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If China had superheroes…

Who would China call on to save the day?     I…

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Watch: Nicki Minaj cosplays as Chinese Street Fighter Chun-Li on SNL

Here’s Nicki Minaj on Saturday Night Live last night trying to make herself the center of some cultural appropriation…

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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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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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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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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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Friday Song: In the spirit of May 4, an animation by Pi San

Controversial artist Pi San 皮三 isn’t known to hold back punches. Check out this gory, searing satire,…

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