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Music

When China embraced classical music: The Philadelphia Orchestra’s historic 1973 tour

They put up with half-hearted crowds and a demanding Madame Mao. But those who went on the 1973 China tour…

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Lang Lang brings Hangzhou to New Yorkers through music

On June 16, world-renowned pianist Lang Lang surprised commuters passing through Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal in New…

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Watch: Nicki Minaj cosplays as Chinese Street Fighter Chun-Li on SNL

Here’s Nicki Minaj on Saturday Night Live last night trying to make herself the center of some cultural appropriation controversy.…

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Searching for jazz in Shanghai

Photo by Zheng Kaimin   “I just follow music and do what I want.”   Midnight passes, and the lights…

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Sinica Podcast: David Moser and Jess Meider riff on jazz in China

This week’s Sinica Podcast is now live: Listen to it now! On March 13, the Sinica Podcast returned to the…

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No tattoos at the 2018 Strawberry Music Festival in Hangzhou

In January, we reported on China’s ban on hip-hop artists with tattoos appearing on television. The ban now seems to extend…

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Kris Wu makes history, becomes first Chinese performer at Super Bowl Live concert

Kris Wu (吴亦凡 Wú Yìfán), a Chinese Canadian singer and actor born in Guangzhou, became the first Chinese singer…

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‘No respect for history’: People’s Daily lambastes parodies of patriotic song ‘Yellow River Cantata’

Chinese state media People’s Daily published an op-ed on Monday condemning parodies of Yellow River Cantata (黄河大合唱 Huánghé dàhéchàng), a well-known…

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Report: China to ban tattoos and ‘hip-hop culture’ from TV shows

Rapper GAI on I Want to Go to the Spring Gala China’s top media regulator, the State Administration of Press, Publication,…

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The fate of music festivals in China’s current era of cultural nationalism

The founder of Shanghai-based festival Concrete & Grass reflects on 10 years of music festivals in China, and what the…

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Can pop music connect teens in China with the world? Musical.ly co-founder Louis Yang wants to find out

Mobile video-sharing phenomenon musical.ly was created in China, but first gained popularity in America. Now the company’s founders are crossing…

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A Chinese master of Chopin

Yundi, once the youngest-ever pianist to win the International Chopin Piano Competition, discusses his rise to new heights.

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Sinica backgrounder: Musicians Wu Fei and Abigail Washburn

A list of readings and videos to accompany the December 8 Sinica Podcast.

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Singing under heaven

A choir performs China’s national anthem in front of the First Pass Under Heaven, part of the Shanhaiguan section at…

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