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Friday Song: Carsick Cars — Zhong Nan Hai

Before delving into a brief history of one of the “most admired Chinese bands in the…

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The Unfinished Comedy: How a brave satire in Maoist China destroyed its creator’s career

In the 1957 satirical film The Unfinished Comedy, made during Mao Zedong’s Hundred Flowers Campaign, one…

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Friday Song: Na Ying, the singing legend, and her unforgettable swan song

“Sadness” (默 Mò), released in 2015 by Na Ying 那英, is not as much a song as it is an atmosphere…

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Hanshan: Investigating the life of Chinese literature’s most mysterious poet

The poet Hanshan 寒山, a name meaning “Cold Mountain,” ranks as one of the most eccentric and mysterious figures…

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Flavor is more than skin deep: The many ways in which Chinese eat offal

China and the United States are among the world’s biggest meat consumers, but there’s a big difference in what…

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Friday Song: Panic Worm — Chicken Spit

Wuhan might be more famous for SMZB (that punk band with the bagpipes) or the hangout Wuhan Prison,…

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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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