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‘South Park’ doesn’t seem upset about being banned in China

Congratulations are in order to South Park, which joins YouTube, Google Mail, Twitter, the New York Times, and a growing…

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ABRSM music exams suspended in four Chinese cities

One of the more depressing features of the Xí Jìnpíng 习近平 era is the progressively tightening restrictions on academic freedom,…

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Weibo is taking down posts hashtagged #les, short for lesbian

Roughly a year after Sina Weibo introduced a controversial ban on gay-themed content, which sparked a massive outcry that prompted…

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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 what…

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Bilibili appears to have started censoring gay content featuring kissing scenes

Bilibili, China’s leading video-streaming website, never explicitly branded itself as a space for gay content. But since its launch in…

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And then they came for man earrings

For many Chinese people, man earrings are a mainstream fashion, no longer a novel object or a taboo. Earrings, after…

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100 rules for short-video apps

The short-video industry is currently having a big moment in China, with apps like Kuaishou and Douyin getting millions of…

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Director Feng Xiaogang reportedly cut from ‘Ash is Purest White’ because of Fan Bingbing’s tax scandal

A director’s cut of Jia Zhangke’s latest movie, Ash is Purest White (江湖儿女 jiānghú érnǚ), was released in China last Friday…

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Chinese government imposes limit on foreign television programming

Last Thursday, the National Radio and Television Administration released a draft of new regulations regarding the airing of foreign programming. According…

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Reddit blocked in China

The “front page of the internet” becomes latest site to fall behind the Great Firewall.     Reddit, the world’s…

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Jinri Toutiao ‘resurrects’ jokes app Neihan Duanzi

Chinese news aggregator Jingri Toutiao (今日头条) has recently rolled out a new app called Pipixia (皮皮虾), meant for sharing humorous…

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Major websites that stream music and anime under investigation over vulgar content

China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism has launched a law enforcement inspection of websites offering music- and anime-streaming services, the…

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Online press Q Daily cuts down coverage on public affairs to stay alive

The government’s Internet Information Office in Shanghai has ordered Q Daily 好奇心日报, a Shanghai-based online publication, to stop reporting on…

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Beijing closes office of liberal-leaning think tank Unirule

Chris Buckley of the New York Times reports (porous paywall): An independent think tank that was one of China’s few remaining…

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Long wait on Didi? Blame Beijing’s July 1 crackdown on private taxi drivers

Hailing a ride on Didi or other apps might have just gotten a little harder, after a Beijing government policy…

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