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Friday Song: ‘Boys (Chinese version)’ by Charli XCX

The simple addition of (Chinese version) to Charli XCX’s smash hit pop song “Boys” doesn’t really do this remix…

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I was mayor of a remote Chinese town in southeast Guizhou

“You can’t be mayor in China…” (A feel-good China story.)  

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Friday Song: ‘Made in China’ by Higher Brothers is the anthem Chinese rap needs

“Rap music? China? What are they even saying?” So opens the valley-girl drawl at the start of “Made in China,”…

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Friday Song: EXO treks well-covered boy band territory in ‘Growl’

EXO is an extremely popular Chinese-South Korean boy band formed in 2011. They’ve managed to gain broad appeal in…

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Zhang Shichuan and Zheng Zhengqiu: The unlikely duo who pioneered Chinese cinema

History now remembers Zhang Shichuan, a businessman, and Zheng Zhengqiu, an intellectual, as two of the key…

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From ‘Wolf Warrior’ to an actual wolf: The work of Haiyang, a Chinese mouth acrobat

“Cock-a-doodle-doo!” crowed Haiyang. It was 1993 on the outskirts of Luoyang, Henan province. As a mischievous 14-year-old boy, Haiyang 海洋 —…

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Five jaw-dropping street foods China keeps for itself

These unsung heroes of Chinese street cooking have yet to displace potstickers or spring rolls on…

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Beijing Ren: Tea and Starbucks at historic Qianmen

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

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‘A Gay’s Life’: First-of-its-kind web game explores LGBT Chinese experience

It’s tough being gay and Chinese. An interactive browser game, playable here, takes players…

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Kris Wu, amid sales controversy, finds peace in ‘Tian Di’

In “Tian Di,” Chinese-Canadian pop star Kris Wu 吴亦凡 (Wú Yìfán) finds peace amid his hectic life through tradition….

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Friday Song: Taiwanese pop star Jolin Tsai satirizes pop culture in ‘Play’

Although the title of Jolin Tsai’s 蔡依林 (cài yīlín) 2014 pop jam is “Play,” the accompanying lyrics and video…

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Jin Yong, China’s late great novelist, was a world-creator who shaped Chinese imagination

Clockwise from top left: The Deer and the Cauldron; Book and Sword; Gratitude and Revenge; The Return of the Condor Heroes; The Smiling,…

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Friday Song: The songs, dreams, and worlds inspired by Jin Yong

I kissed the wind and rain, and I buried the sun in the desert, but I never…

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Who really killed Pamela Werner? Reexamining Old Beijing’s most infamous murder

Graeme Sheppard is author of A Death in Peking: Who Really Killed Pamela Werner? (Earnshaw Books). As a…

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Hopping Vampires and Beautiful Ghosts: A Brief History of Chinese Horror, Pt. 2

From killer butterflies and hopping zombies (in a movie nominated for Best Film at the Hong Kong…

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