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Friday Song: Social Shake, the dance of the ‘society’ subculture

Remember when the world was obsessed with Psy’s K-pop single Gangnam Style, which spread like a…

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Friday Song: The deep, dark hell of exam season

It’s gaokao season, so here’s one about the copious joys of cram school and preparatory classes: the song…

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Friday Song: ‘Flowers of Freedom’ and its political implications

The phrase “自由花” (zìyóu huā), or “flowers of freedom,” has appeared in several seminal moments in Chinese history. The last…

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Friday Song: The jazz and hip-hop of Dabozz

She’s alternative, free-spirited, and unpredictable. In 2016, Dabozz 大包子 resigned from her job at a state-owned financial institution to pursue…

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Friday Song: Mao Zedong said ‘Change must come through the barrel of a gun’

Mao Zedong didn’t say that, of course. He said “枪杆子里面出政权” (qiānggǎnzi lǐmiàn chū zhèngquán) — Political power grows out of the…

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Friday Song: Leslie Cheung, ‘I Am What I Am’

It’s very early on a Sunday morning. It’s 2006, I think. I’m in a grotty KTV somewhere beneath the…

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Friday Song: In the spirit of May 4, an animation by Pi San

Controversial artist Pi San 皮三 isn’t known to hold back punches. Check out this gory, searing satire,…

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Friday Song: Forward, forward! Sing into the night

I was scootering past Guangqumen Bridge just southeast of Beijing Railway Station tonight when I encountered the scene above,…

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Friday Song: ‘The Empty Chair,’ performed by Ah-Q Jazz Arkestra

Gonna let this Beijing jazz band play us out. Here’s Ah-Q Jazz Arkestra, featuring Matt Roberts on trombone,…

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Friday Song: Chen Li remains unextinguished, inextinguishable

She has been called China’s “first artist of the folk world” (“民谣界第一位”), but it would be somewhat inaccurate to…

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Friday Song: Life is unpredictable and love fades

情歌 (qínggē), “Love Song,” by Malaysian singer Fish Leong 梁靜茹, is a song about lovers and the…

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Friday Song: Here’s Helen Feng of Nova Heart

Helen Feng, the Queen of Beijing Rock, the “Blondie of China,” has been making waves in the Chinese…

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Friday Song: Spring is here

You might disagree if you live in the northeastern part of the United States, but spring has arrived. The…

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Friday Song: Hanggai — Drinking Song

It’s Friday night, basketball games are on, we’re happy, and we’ve been drinking a little. Perhaps you should as…

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Friday Song: Jess Meider, guest on Tuesday’s Sinica Live Show

Jess Meider, who has been gracing jazz stages around China for 20 years, will…

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