China Wants to Mitigate Male ‘Feminization’ With More Gym Class

 /  Chinasplaining  / 
Education authorities ruffled feathers Thursday by endorsing the idea that the country is suffering from a “masculinity crisis.” Read More

How Emperor Qin Shi Huang Got His New Clothes

 /  Film  / 
Since the 1980s, China’s harsh first emperor has become a popular subject for sensitive, revisionist portrayals in TV and film. Read More

Here Are the Top Reads From China’s $5 Billion Online Literature Market

 /  Online Literature  / 
From romances and period dramas to coming-of-age tales and martial arts epics, here are the stories that hooked China’s e-bookworms in 2020. Read More

An Actor’s Rumored Surrogacy Is a Massive Scandal in China

 /  Celebrity  / 
Surrogacy is both illegal in the country and widely viewed as exploitative of women. Read More

Ho-Ho-Ho or No? China’s Fashionistas Defend Christmas ‘Hanfu’

 /  Chinasplaining  / 
The ancient outfit has seen a resurgence in recent years, with massive demand prompting some manufacturers to experiment with modern mashups. Read More

All Work, More Play: Why Young Chinese Are Embracing Tabletop Games

 /  Chinasplaining  / 
If games like Werewolf are this generation’s mahjong, it’s only fitting that they also symbolize the blurring lines between work and leisure. Read More

The Tibetan Filmmaker Fighting to Put Minority Stories on Screen

 /  Film  / 
Director Pema Tseden discusses his award-winning new movie “Balloon” and the struggle to promote diversity in China’s film industry. Read More

How One Obscure Word Captures Urban China’s Unhappiness

 /  Chinasplaining  / 
Anthropologist Xiang Biao explains why the academic concept of “involution” became a social media buzzword. Read More

After Fake Reviews, Editor Asks Idolaters to Leave Her Book Alone

 /  Celebrity  / 
Followers of Chinese actor and singer Wang Yibo flooded the review section of a newly released book to elevate the popularity of their beloved star. Read More

Viewers Say New Kung Fu Series Lacks Kick

 /  TV  / 
The director of “Lu Ding Ji” acknowledged flaws in his martial arts drama but also said lead actor Zhang Yishan isn’t entirely to blame for the poor reviews. Read More

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