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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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China finally acknowledges its TV shows are too dang long

Watching a Chinese TV show requires serious commitment. From mega-hit historical drama Empresses in the Palace, also known as The…

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Chinese TV show ‘A Little Reunion’ applauded for depicting workplace sexual harassment

Workplace sexual harassment is widespread in China, with surveys finding that nearly 40 percent of Chinese women have experienced some form…

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Animated Karl Marx brought to you by China’s propaganda machine

The much-anticipated Karl Marx anime is finally here. Yesterday, China’s leading video-streaming site, Bilibili, released the official trailer (in Chinese) of the…

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Chinese Corner: The women who spoke out against sexual misconduct — and continue to battle misogynists and trolls

When women break their silence 当女性打破沉默 By Wáng Tiāntǐng 王天挺 January 10, 2018 What happens to a Chinese woman after…

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South Korea calls out Chinese TV producers for frequent plagiarism

It’s no secret that TV producers in China love stealing ideas from their South Korean counterparts. From time to time,…

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Chinese Corner: The intriguing history of Hunan TV

The intriguing history of Hunan TV 湖南卫视,“妖孽”二十年 húnán wèishì, “yāoniè” èrshínián Hunan TV, being the unordinary for 20 years By 王不易 Wáng Búyì…

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Chinese TV show under fire for animal cruelty

We Are Friends (神奇伙伴在哪里 shénqí huǒbàn zài nǎlǐ), a Chinese reality TV show mainly featuring two animals — a bulldog named…

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Director exposes Chinese TV’s fraudulent ratings

Fan Bingbing, Feng Xiaogang, and tax evasion aren’t the only stories currently stirring up a storm in China’s entertainment sector.…

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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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Fan Bingbing ‘missing’ amid swelling rumors that China’s highest-paying actress has been arrested

After over three months of silence, there’s speculation that Chinese actress Fan Bingbing 范冰冰 has been arrested. According to a now-deleted…

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‘The Story of Yanxi Palace’ wins Chinese audiences by placing focus on production, not stars

The serial drama The Story of Yanxi Palace, released in July, has garnered more than 14.5 billion views online.

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Movie and TV productions in China halted by salary cap on celebrities

On August 10, three of China’s largest streaming websites issued a notice announcing they were capping the pay of China’s stars.…

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China is escalating its war on variety shows, including Saturday Night Live

The Chinese version of Saturday Night Live (周六夜现场 zhōu liù yè xiànchǎng) and 真相吧!花花万物 (zhēnxiàng ba! huāhuā wànwù — roughly,…

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Are ‘fresh young meat’ a threat to national masculinity?

In the Chinese entertainment industry, there is a cohort of men, very often middle-aged, who have some strong opinions about…

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