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Friday Song: A Chinese rap that pays homage to Bart Simpson

Rap shows in Beijing often feel a little like high school talent shows. Yet a few months back, when…

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Friday Song: A summer song for hot summer romance

At the very beginning of “1234567,” an upbeat gem by the Taiwanese singer-songwriter Cheer Chen 陈绮贞, a well-crafted montage…

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Friday Song: Because of Love 因为爱情…

“Because of Love” (因为爱情 yīnwéi àiqíng) is performed by Eason Chan 陳奕迅 and Wang Faye 王菲, known as, respectively, the King of…

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Friday Song: Luhan at his most vulnerable: ‘Catch Me When I Fall’

When Lu Han 鹿晗 released “Catch Me When I Fall” (某时某刻 mǒu shí mǒu kè) in October 2016, it…

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Friday Song: Put a smile on your face and ‘Haha’ (from ‘Legend of the Camel Bells’)

I’m sitting in a theater with three friends watching the new, critically acclaimed production Legend of the Camel Bells (驼铃传奇…

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Friday Song: ‘Your So-Called Freedom and Democracy’

“Bombard the Headquarters,” or 炮打司令部 (pào dǎ sī lìng bù), was a document written by Chairman Mao Zedong during a…

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Friday Song: Kehlani drops some serious Mandarin Chinese in ‘Just My Luck’

Last month, American R&B singer Kehlani and Chinese singer-songwriter Tia Ray 袁娅维 dropped a surprise collaboration — two versions…

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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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