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Society & Culture

The Emperor investigates soulstealing

"Soulstealers: The Chinese Sorcery Scare of 1768," by the late Philip A. Kuhn, tells of a hoax gone wrong in the spring of 1768. The Qianlong emperor, believing that rumors of witchcraft were an existential threat to his rule, ordered his bureaucrats to root out sorcerers using any means possible. Much torture and death ensued.

Dr. Peter Parker treating blindness in a Chinese patient in Guangzhou in 19th century
Science & Health

When China and America worked together…to build a hospital?

In 1835, an American missionary and a Chinese merchant opened the first permanent Western-style hospital in China, curing thousands of people of various ailments and diseases — and even blindness, if you believe the reports.

chinese student caught between red and blue china and u.s.
Society & Culture

Chinese international students feel unwanted in the U.S. — and back home

Facing unprecedented Sinophobia in the U.S. and a president who antagonizes them, Chinese international students have been trying to find ways to return to China. But people there haven't been exactly welcoming, either.

china ban on suicide in online literature
Society & Culture

Censors say no suicide on China’s leading online literature site

While some of the red lines are well known, other subjects that were once safe for discussion are suddenly targeted by the authorities. Descriptions of suicide appear to be the latest inclusion on the censor’s list.

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Foreign Affairs

The U.S. Sinophobia Tracker: How America is becoming unfriendly to Chinese students, scientists, and scholars

Tracking paranoid rhetoric, visa restrictions, and the targeted policing of China-connected research, which combine to create a hostile atmosphere for Chinese people in the U.S.

Society & Culture

The SupChina Book List

The 100 China books you have to read, ranked.

Society & Culture

70 songs for 70 years of the People’s Republic of China

A song for each year of the People’s Republic of China: An attempt to distill the many diverse, fascinating currents of music in mainland China over the last 70 years into a primer.

 

China Twitter: 100+ accounts you should follow

SupChina’s guide to the best of China Twitter in English.

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Three Chinese brands: AB ALEI, LYAN, Fabric Porn
The SupChina Signal — A Primer on Modern China

China’s fashion progressives: 8 brands hitting society’s core notes

“Fashion is part of the daily air and it changes all the time, with all the events. You can even see the approaching of a revolution in clothes. You can see and feel everything in clothes.” —Diana Vreeland

An illustration painting of Qing man being interrogated
This Week in China’s History

The Emperor investigates soulstealing

"Soulstealers: The Chinese Sorcery Scare of 1768," by the late Philip A. Kuhn, tells of a hoax gone wrong in the spring of 1768. The Qianlong emperor, believing that rumors of witchcraft were an existential threat to his rule, ordered his bureaucrats to root out sorcerers using any means possible. Much torture and death ensued.

Beijing player hunches over while Guangdong celebrates making the CBA finals
China Sports Column

Guangdong survives Beijing’s best shot, advances to CBA finals

The Beijing Ducks, in their best two-out-of-three series in the CBA semifinals, managed to snap the Guangdong Southern Tigers' winning streak at 31 games. The teams' three games all came down to the wire.

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The SupChina Signal — A Primer on Modern China

The biggest ecommerce companies in China — a brief guide

China’s ecommerce market is complex, massive, and highly competitive. Its companies and their business models are completely different from those in other markets, and none of the big American and European players have any real presence. This is a guide to the major Chinese players and their offerings.

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Society & Culture Spotlight

Society & Culture

10 Chinese seasoning essentials you should keep in your pantry

In preparation for SupChina's new weekly food column, take a look at this list of ingredients that'll make any dish, Chinese or otherwise, that much tastier.

Society & Culture

Chinese trans woman wins sex discrimination lawsuit against employer in landmark victory

More than a year after she first began her legal fight, a transgender woman in Beijing has won her case against Chinese ecommerce platform Dangdang after the company fired her when she took a leave of absence for her gender confirmation surgery.

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Business & Technology

A Chinese billionaire behind bars. And his wife, who kept the empire together.

Former trash collector Huang Guangyu became China’s richest man by building an electronic appliance empire. Then he was jailed for 10 years for “illegal business dealings.” He emerged from jail in June with his fortune intact, thanks to his wife, Du Juan, who took the helm and fought off anyone who tried to dilute her husband’s ownership of the company.

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Society & Culture

Finally, some good news for victims of domestic abuse in China

After a few bleak months for victims of domestic violence in China, some positive news finally came this week.

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