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Are Chinese and Western perspectives incompatible in our post-truth times?

We make much ado of “building bridges” and “deepening understanding” between China and the West. But this is easier said…

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The 5 best Jay Chou songs

China’s pop king briefly broke the internet with the release of his latest single, “Won’t Cry.” But don’t let that…

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Voices from China’s lesbian community

This story originally appeared on 66hands, and is republished here, with minor edits, with permission.     When it comes to…

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The Quantified Country

China is the quantified country. It has long constructed metrics and set targets, tying numbers into both the engineering of…

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Popular children’s song ‘Mom, Don’t Go to Work’ condemned for reinforcing sexist prejudices

“Mommy, don’t go to work. Cuz even if you go, you won’t make much money.” These are not phrases pulled…

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Teen dies mimicking Douyin stunt. Who’s at fault?

Pictured: Professional video blogger “Ms Yeah” You’ve likely seen videos like this on YouTube and TikTok: An on-camera personality tinkers…

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China’s young professionals prefer staying in, to the nightlife industry’s dismay

For a long time, office workers in China were regular contributors to the country’s nightlife economy. But due to rising…

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From lotus seed paste to salmon wasabi: The mooncakes of Mid-Autumn Festival 2019

If there’s one festival that makes Chinese people more homesick than Chinese New Year, it would be Mid-Autumn Festival, celebrated…

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Friday Song: ‘Ivory Boat,’ a love song against the inevitable passage of time

The origin story of Taiwan-based indie folk-rock quintet Fool and Idiot 傻子与白痴 (shǎzi yǔ báichī) echoes many: High school friends…

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The life and work of Dai Tielang, director of ‘Black Cat Detective’

A cat detective. A mouse with one ear. Zany gadgets and surprising violence. Welcome to the mind of animator Dai…

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MUJI is latest foreign company to apologize to China, for ‘French Concession’

Japanese lifestyle brand MUJI has apologized (in Chinese) for describing the location of a recent sponsored event in Shanghai as “in…

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Former University of Illinois professor Xu Gang sued over alleged rape and other sex crimes

Three people have filed a lawsuit against disgraced Chinese curator Xú Gāng 徐钢, the former professor at the University of…

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On the border of China and Myanmar, commerce and consternation

The Chinese border town of Ruili is home to tens of thousands of Burmese, including a sizable Rohingya population that’s…

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Wu Guanzhong at 100: Looking back on the life of China’s master painter

Combining techniques from the East and West, “the father of modern Chinese painting” created a style distinctly his own. Pictured: “Twin…

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China finally acknowledges its TV shows are too dang long

Watching a Chinese TV show requires serious commitment. From mega-hit historical drama Empresses in the Palace, also known as The…

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