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Qu Yuan, the father of Chinese poetry

Illustration by Derek Zheng April is National Poetry Month, and to commemorate, we’ll be taking a look at famous Chinese…

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The historical poet-painter behind Stephen Chow’s ‘Flirting Scholar’

April is National Poetry Month, and in honor of that, we present Flirting Scholar, a martial-arts comedy whose main character is…

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Baijiu: Everything you need to know about China’s national liquor

Baijiu has been called many things: China’s national drink, a social lubricant, white lightning. Like a thunderstorm, it announces its…

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Li Qingzhao, poet, ‘the most talented woman in history’

Illustration by Derek Zheng April is National Poetry Month, and to commemorate, we’ll be taking a look at famous Chinese…

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‘Chicken Poets’: Meng Jinghui’s absurdist comedy explores art in an artless world

April is National Poetry Month, and in honor of that, we present Chicken Poets, a film about a poet who…

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In the spirit of Lei Feng

Illustration by Derek Zheng China is well-informed on household names of the West. Eight-year-olds are taught about Newton, Einstein, and Edison,…

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‘A Sun’: Golden Horse winner is a subtle drama about a broken family

Now available on Netflix, A Sun is a weighty Taiwanese crime-drama filled with shocking violence and repressed emotion. Ultimately, it’ll have…

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During coronavirus, China’s music industry finds creative ways to keep going

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in China has resulted in the cessation of a number of cultural activities…

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‘The Wild Goose Lake’: A grimy, neon-drenched noir from Wuhan

Set in Wuhan — a gritty, weird, flashing city that’s unlike the Wuhan you see in headlines today — The Wild…

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Love, captured: China’s billion-dollar pre-wedding photo industry

China Love, a documentary released last year by Australian filmmaker Olivia Martin-McGuire, takes a close look at China’s pre-wedding photo…

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The disappearance of Perhat Tursun, one of the Uyghur world’s greatest authors

Perhat Tursun is the preeminent modernist Uyghur author, a self-proclaimed Kafka character whose novels are among the most influential in Uyghur society.…

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The making of an icon: Sanmao’s ‘Stories of the Sahara’

Confessional prose, a wanderlust travel persona, and personal tragedy have helped sustain Sanmao’s enduring legacy. Photo credit: El Pais Since…

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How a post-war celebration song became a Chinese New Year classic

If you happen to be in China during Chinese New Year, you’re sure to hear the song “Congratulations” (恭喜恭喜 gōng…

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‘So Long, My Son’ — A heartfelt examination of grief, stasis, and mass modernization

A beautiful, heart-aching film that will live alongside China’s classics for years to come.   The titular likeness that So…

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How to celebrate Lunar New Year in China — with food, shopping, and family

Lunar New Year is China’s most important and biggest festival, lasting 16 days, from New Year’s Eve (除夕 chú xī)…

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