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Society & Culture

The top news stories, headlines, news roundups, and related content from the world of Chinese society and culture — part of the daily SupChina newsletter, a convenient package of China’s business, political, cultural, and society news delivered to your inbox for free. SupChina is your premier source for China news.

Educational equality in China: How online learning during coronavirus has changed the status quo

For perhaps the first time, all students in China — rich and poor, urban and rural — have equal access…

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Tencent’s boundary-pushing Dajia blog abruptly shuts down

On the morning of February 19, media consumers in China woke up to discover that Dàjiā 大家 by Tencent News,…

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The Communist Youth League thought it was creating patriotic idols. Instead, it started a conversation about women’s rights

At this point, it’s no secret that the Communist Youth League of China (CYLC), the Chinese Communist Party’s division for…

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Gansu government’s head-shaving publicity stunt backfires

The Chinese internet is on fire over a disturbing video via the Lanzhou Morning Post that shows a group of…

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Traditional Chinese medicine mobile hospital treats COVID-19 patients in Wuhan

A group of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) experts has been put in charge of Jiangxia Module Hospital, one of the…

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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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‘One Thousand Families’: Intimate portraits of Chinese lives during coronavirus

The “One Thousand Families” series, featuring portraits of Chinese families, tries to capture a sense of how people are faring…

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Must-watch video diary of Wuhan under quarantine

It’s been almost three weeks since China imposed a lockdown in Wuhan, the epicenter of the the COVID-19 outbreak. While…

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Ungrateful government official blasted for excessive demands on tech giants amid COVID-19 epidemic

The COVID-19 epidemic that is spreading across China is a tragedy of massive scale that has claimed over 1,000 lives…

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Road-tripping through fear, rumors, and a virus-stricken China

Our correspondent received grants from two Danish foundations to road-trip through the mountainous terrain of Sichuan, the highlands of Gansu, the…

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New PBS documentary sheds a rare light on the personal struggles faced by single women in China

There’s been a lot of ink spilled in the past few years over the issue of shengnu (剩女 shèngnǚ) — “leftover…

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Apartment rental platforms apologize for exploiting customers during COVID-19 outbreak

Danke and Ziroom, two of China’s biggest online home rental platforms, have come under fire from apartment owners and tenants for…

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All the hilariously aggressive coronavirus propaganda banners found in China

If you hang out in public today / Grass will grow on your grave next year   Illustration by Derek…

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‘Li Wenliang is our light’: Anger and grief after Wuhan doctor’s death

Wuhan writer Fang Fang, in a now-censored Weibo post, commemorates the 34-year-old doctor Li Wenliang, whose death of the coronavirus…

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