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Film Friday: Humanity amid massacre: ‘City of Life and Death,’ reviewed

What filmmaker Lu Chuan does that his predecessors were unable or unwilling to do is bring multidimensionality…

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‘The night is thick’: Uyghur poets respond to the disappearance of their relatives

The painting “Second Nature” by the contemporary Uyghur artist Nijat Hushur, above, reflects the…

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China made a rap song about its annual ‘two sessions’ political meeting

I got elation from inspiration writing a compliment song for the nation while I’m talking about “two sessions.” After…

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Friday Song: ‘Outside World’ and its yearning and heartbreak

I recently rewatched the Hong Kong musical film Perhaps Love and rediscovered this ’80s classic from singer-songwriter Chyi Chin 齐秦….

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The tragic end of Shi Hui, Maoist China’s most promising actor-director

Persecuted and misunderstood, Shi Hui was one of many individuals swept up and destroyed by the Anti-Rightist…

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The Chinese scientist and the foreign tongue

For generations of Chinese scientists, the cultivating of a foreign tongue was not only a tool…

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Friday Song: Yali Da — Big Pressure — from The Wu-Force

Dear reader — there is an important disclosure in the first three words of this story. When my wife…

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Film Friday: Taiwan’s gay-themed ‘Dear Ex’ touches on acceptance, love, and humanity

A pleasant surprise of a movie that’s arrived at the appropriate time.  

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‘The Wandering Earth’: China’s futuristic blockbuster rehashes Hollywood-style nationalism, clichés, and schmaltz

A film of just disaster clichés is empty, but a film that tries to fill…

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How Hou Dejian went from Tiananmen protester to composer of the patriotic song ‘Chinese Dream’

On December 31, 2018, a song called “Chinese Dream” (中国梦 zhōngguó mèng) was performed at a “release…

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The People’s Republic of Desire, reviewed

A dark and provocative glimpse at China’s celebrity streaming culture  

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‘Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj’ highlights China’s #MeToo movement, online censorship, and Uyghur repression

In the first episode of its second season, Netflix’s current events and culture satire show Patriot Act with Hasan…

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Friday Song: Li Jian’s deep, sensitive folk-pop, ‘On the Shores of Lake Baikal’

Ask anyone who knows about Li Jian 李健 and, at some point, they’ll most likely remind you that not only…

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The Curator of Old China: Tong Bingxue and his photographs

  “Most foreigners’ photos, they come from some exoticizing angle, or they’re standing from the point of view…

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CCTV claims this year’s Spring Festival Gala was a huge success — I call it BS

Chinese state broadcaster CCTV released a report on the morning of February 6 summarizing how the 2019 Spring Festival…

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