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1919 to 2019: A century of youth protest and ideological conflict around May 4

Xi Jinping heads a party born out of a youth movement, and he’s now determined to stamp…

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WeChat’s censors are not #HereForJingyao: Public accounts supporting woman accusing Richard Liu of rape are shut down

WeChat appears to be purging public accounts that have voiced support for Liu Jingyao, the University of Minnesota student…

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Guo Lusheng and underground poetry during the Cultural Revolution

Today is the final day of Poetry Month, celebrated every April. We commemorated it with a series of…

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Chinese students also victims of unethical admissions practices

The recent U.S. college admissions scandal was a big deal, but in China, cheating to get into…

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Friday Song: ‘Second Farewell to Cambridge,’ Xu Zhimo’s poem that inspired multiple songs

April marks National Poetry Month, and we’re running a series of articles to celebrate it. “Second Farewell to Cambridge” (再别康桥…

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ is breaking Chinese box office records — and moviegoers

Say what you will about the Avengers franchise but it’s been an undeniably fun ride for its devoted fans,…

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An introduction to Chinese poetry in translation: Five anthologies

April is National Poetry Month, and we’re celebrating with a series of articles that looks at Chinese poetry, both…

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Fan Bingbing returns after tax evasion scandal, inciting angry reactions from the public

Six months ago, after admitting to committing tax evasion, paying $70 million to avoid criminal charges, and begging…

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Protesting in the name of science: The legacy of China’s May Fourth Movement

A hundred years after the rally for “Mr. Science” and “Mr. Democracy,” can the pursuit of…

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Graveside poetry: Xiao Hong, Dai Wangshu, and the dead among us

April is National Poetry Month, and we’re celebrating with a series of articles that looks at Chinese poetry, both past…

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Construction worker loses job after exposing low-quality helmets

A migrant worker in Qingdao, Shandong Province, claims he was fired by his former employer and is having trouble…

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Zheng Xiaoqiong, the migrant poet

April is National Poetry Month, and we’re celebrating with a series of articles that looks at Chinese poetry, both past…

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Friday Song: “Wishing We Would Last Forever” and Su Shi

In celebration of National Poetry Month, today’s song has its roots in a Chinese classical poem from the…

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‘Poet on a Business Trip’: An offbeat odyssey through Xinjiang with poetry

April is National Poetry Month, and we’re celebrating with a series of articles that looks at Chinese poetry, both past…

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Du Fu’s ‘Ballad of an Old Cypress’

April is National Poetry Month, and we’re celebrating with a series of articles that looks at Chinese poetry, both past…

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