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Friday Song

Friday song: Vava, queen of Chinese hip-hop, demands ‘look at me’ on Crazy Rich Asians soundtrack

From its first line, you know exactly what Vava’s hit song, “My New Swag” (我的新衣 wǒ de xīn yī), is…

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Friday Song: Soft Lipa is pissed off, seriously pissed off

In 2009, Taiwan native Soft Lipa (蛋堡 dàn bǎo) released his debut album, 收敛水 (shōulián shuǐ). Since, he has made…

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Friday Song: Wishing You Well

Have a great weekend, everyone — here’s Sun Yue 孙悦 sharing our sentiments, with her 1994 hit Wishing You Peace/Well 祝你平安. “Your mood,…

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Friday Song: “Friends,” by Zang Tianshuo, the old Beijing rock star

“Pengyou” 朋友, literally translated as “Friends,” is a 1987 hit from the Beijing rock star Zang Tianshuo 臧天朔 — the song…

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Friday Song: Yellow, by Katherine Ho, from ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

Of all the things Crazy Rich Asians has going for it — critical acclaim, strong earnings, cultural impact — let’s add…

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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 Bamboo…

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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 of…

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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 Asian…

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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 felt…

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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 tuólíng…

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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 Chinese…

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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 of…

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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 virus? Young people in…

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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 Cram Schools…

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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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