Spring Festival Gala 2019: More Idols, Fewer Foreigners, and No Pigs

 /  TV  / 
The world's "most-watched" TV program was a dull slog in 2019, as its struggle for relevancy in modern China becomes increasingly difficult. Read More

The Search for China’s Next Big Boy Band is Emphasizing “Social Responsibility” Over Sexiness

 /  TV  / 
As the authorities get increasingly nervous about the rise of the “Fan Economy” and the influence of the stars at its center, show creators are having to come up with new ways for light entertainment to meet the heavier demands of the widely-touted “New Era”. Read More

Shamanic Rituals and Shaking Shoes: Here’s What Censors Are Looking For on China’s Short Video Apps

 /  Chinasplaining  / 
Thanks to a document recently published by the China Netcasting Services Association (CNSA), we have more of an idea about the form and categories of content that the government wishes to keep off of China’s rapidly multiplying short video platforms. Read More

Idol Hands: How China’s Super Fan Groups Make and Break Stars Via the Multi-Million Dollar “Fan Economy”

 /  Chinasplaining  / 
What really is the so-called “Fan Economy” and why is understanding how it works so crucial to the world of contemporary Chinese celebrity? Read More

Film and TV in 2019: What Will China Be Watching?

 /  News  / 
So — 2018 was a big one, but what films and TV shows can we expect to watch in the coming year? Read More

iQiyi Recaps Strong Year with “Screening Night 2019”

 /  News  / 
When scalpers outside the venue are asking for extra tickets instead of selling them, and the spectators don’t hesitate for even a second to walk straight in, you know there must be a huge event on that no one wants to miss. Read More

China Forms Online Gaming Ethics Commission

 /  Game  / 
High-level regulatory activities have made 2018 a hard year for China’s entertainment industry. There are regular crackdowns on “inappropriate” content and the appointment of a brand-new regulatory body to oversee this the mobile entertainment economy. Read More

Indie Flick “A Cool Fish” Crushes Box Office Expectations

 /  News  / 
'A Cool Fish' — a small-budget production lacking A-list stars — shocked industry watchers by hitting the #1 spot of the nationwide box office over the weekend. Read More

Billboard and Universal Music Group Fudge Truth to Cover Up Kris Wu Controversy

 /  Celebrity  / 
For many US listeners, November 2nd was the first time they’d heard of the mega-popular Chinese hip-hop and pop artist. Read More

China Reacts to the Loss of Stan Lee

 /  Headlines From China  / 
The man behind characters such as Spider-Man, the X-Men, Iron Man, and Black Panther was well-loved in China and there’s been an outpouring of sorrow on social media here, just as in his native US. Read More

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