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Beijing Ren: The Old Beijing charms and traditions of Huguosi

Beijing Ren is a video series documenting local contemporary Beijing life and culture.  

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Writing from In-Between: A Conversation with Yan Ge

The Ireland-based Chengdu native and award-winning author of The Chilli Bean Paste Clan shares her thoughts on…

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Friday Song: A song for your future self, by Fish Leong

“To My Future Self” (给未来的自己 gěi wèilái de zìjǐ), sung by Malaysian-Chinese star Fish Leong 梁静茹 (Liáng Jìngrú) and…

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5 influential movies from the Fifth Generation of Chinese filmmakers

Coming of age during the Cultural Revolution, China’s post-Mao filmmakers would revolutionize the industry with story-driven movies…

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Friday Song: ‘I love, therefore I exist’

If Stevie Wonder and the Backstreet Boys came together to create a Chinese pop band, the result would be…

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Gubei WTown: Beijing’s water town amusement park

Constructed in 2010 near a “wild” portion of the Great Wall, Gubei WTown is an imminently Instagrammable…

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What is the Mid-Autumn Festival?

Today, September 24, is the traditional Mid-Autumn Festival 中秋节 (zhōngqiūjié). It’s a holiday for families to get together and…

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Friday song: Vava, queen of Chinese hip-hop, demands ‘look at me’ on Crazy Rich Asians soundtrack

From its first line, you know exactly what Vava’s hit song, “My New Swag” (我的新衣 wǒ de xīn yī),…

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A Mandarin-speaking spring

No water comes out of Hanlai Spring until someone speaks to it in Mandarin — or so the locals…

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Friday Song: Soft Lipa is pissed off, seriously pissed off

In 2009, Taiwan native Soft Lipa (蛋堡 dàn bǎo) released his debut album, 收敛水 (shōulián shuǐ). Since, he has…

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Friday Song: Wishing You Well

Have a great weekend, everyone — here’s Sun Yue 孙悦 sharing our sentiments, with her 1994 hit Wishing You Peace/Well 祝你平安. “Your…

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Film Friday: Xiang Yu, the tragic Chinese hero

Xiang Yu is ubiquitous in Chinese culture, appearing in countless TV shows, plays, and films (including the classic Farewell…

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Friday Song: “Friends,” by Zang Tianshuo, the old Beijing rock star

“Pengyou” 朋友, literally translated as “Friends,” is a 1987 hit from the Beijing rock star Zang Tianshuo 臧天朔 —…

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5 great Chinese movies from the Second Golden Age

The Second Golden Age of Chinese film, short-lived as it was, saw some of China’s best directors,…

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Friday Song: Yellow, by Katherine Ho, from ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

Of all the things Crazy Rich Asians has going for it — critical acclaim, strong earnings, cultural impact — let’s…

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