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Friday Song: Champion by Jason Derulo ft. Tia Ray (official FIBA 2019 World Cup song)

China had a rough go at the FIBA World Cup this year, failing to make it out of the first…

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‘Secrets in the Hot Spring’: A horror-comedy more silly than scary

Secrets in the Hot Spring is a wacky, well-intentioned take at the haunted house genre.   Compared to the genre’s heyday in…

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China to curb facial recognition technology in schools

After letting facial recognition devices saturate Chinese schools for years without clear guidelines or restraints, China’s education authorities are finally…

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China’s cigarette smoking epidemic

Nearly one in three smokers in the world is Chinese. In 2018, there were nearly 800,000 new cases of lung…

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‘American Factory,’ reviewed

Minor quibbles aside, American Factory serves up heaps of humanity and is rich in both pathos and bathos, with moments…

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Shanghai single mother fights for maternity benefits

After a prolonged legal battle to claim maternity benefits for her only child, Zhāng Méng 张萌 — a Chinese single…

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How companies profit from forced labor in Xinjiang

Factories of Turkic Muslim internment, part of China’s reeducation camp system, are subsidized and directed by the state, and employ…

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Clothing retailer Zara apologizes again, denies supporting strikes in Hong Kong

Fast fashion giant Zara, which apologized last year for listing Taiwan as an independent country on its website, has again found…

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China’s Happiness Paradox

By all accounts, China’s people should be happy: The country has been on the ascent for more than a generation,…

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Mandopop Month: 100 ‘Idol Producer’ hopefuls compete for your attention in ‘Ei Ei’

The Friday Song column this month turns its focus to Mandopop, which technically refers to all Mandarin-language pop music, but these…

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The problems with giving it all away: Philanthropy in China

The rapid rise of charitable giving in China is reshaping the relationship between the private sector and society. In 2017,…

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College professor suspended for diminishing China’s ‘four great inventions’

A university professor in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, has been stripped of teaching duties for two years after students filed a…

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The SupChina Book List

The 100 China books you have to read, ranked     This is the SupChina Book List, 100 books about…

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First Costco in China creates frenzy in Shanghai — overcrowded store shuts down on day one for safety concerns

The U.S.-China trade war might be worsening at an alarming rate, but that has not deterred Chinese customers from going…

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Mandopop Month: NEX7’s kaleidoscope of moody stares in ‘Wait a Minute’

The Friday Song column this month turns its focus to Mandopop, which technically refers to all Mandarin-language pop music, but these days…

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