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‘City on Fire’: Behind the story and influence of Ringo Lam’s classic

City of Fire, the film that inspired Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs, is a masterclass in the Hong Kong crime…

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Chinese or Taiwanese? Nana Ou-Yang is at the center of a political firestorm

Nana Ou-Yang 欧阳娜娜, the 18-year-old Taiwanese celebrity who has around 14 million followers on Weibo and over…

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The actual worth of Chinese language proficiency

There’s an argument currently happening on Chinese social media about the value of learning English. The very…

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The Chinese internet is debating the merits of speaking English

A patriotic troll on the Chinese microblogging platform Weibo has almost single-handedly set off a massive debate about whether…

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Friday Song: ‘Lovebird’ and Lay Zhang’s path to international stardom

American hip-hop and electronic music group Far East Movement and Chinese pop star Lay Zhang 张艺兴 collaborated on “Lovebird,”…

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Domestic workers in China: Invisible, vulnerable, and indispensable

Despite lacking basic workers’ rights and benefits, domestic workers — ayi — in China’s big cities are nonetheless…

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Guangzhou subway picks fight with Chinese goth, because ‘horrifying’

As a subculture that’s established itself as kind of a permanent outlier, goth is inherently at odds with the…

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Chinese proposal aims to clean up live-streaming in the name of underage internet users

The All-China Youth Federation (ACYF), a government-backed organization affiliated with…

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Report of moldy food in Chengdu school sparks investigation and protests

A private school in Chengdu has become the scene of a massive food fight after parents discovered that food…

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China’s intellectual dark web and its most active fanatic

Liu Zhongjing, with his philosophy called “Auntology,” built a name for himself by espousing aggressively anti-leftist and…

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Is Chinese TV’s ban on bright hair color back?

When a popular television show suddenly stops airing without giving any particular reason, you know something is up. That’s…

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Sexist signs, burning banners, and misogynist trolls: This year’s Girl’s Day was a shameful mess

Last Thursday, a female student at China University of Political Science and Law lit two on-campus banners on fire….

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Friday Song: ‘Goodbye Kiss’ by Jacky Cheung, Hong Kong’s ‘God of Songs’

The first time I encountered “Goodbye Kiss” (吻别 Wěn Bié) was through Michael Learns to Rock’s “

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Film Friday: Humanity amid massacre: ‘City of Life and Death,’ reviewed

What filmmaker Lu Chuan does that his predecessors were unable or unwilling to do is bring multidimensionality…

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‘The movement is clearly losing momentum’: Lu Pin on Chinese feminism

Lu Pin 吕频 is a leading feminist activist and thought leader currently based in the U.S. She has been…

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