Everything’s a Joke for China’s Goddess of Gags

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At a white-walled photo studio, China’s queen of stand-up comedy is struggling to keep a straight face. With eyelids coated in glitter and hair styled into waves, Wang Siwen looks every bit like she belongs on the glossy pages of fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar China. Read More

The Popular TV Shows Taking Chinese Soft Power Abroad

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Overseas episodes of much-loved programs are increasingly aligning with the national government’s development goals. Read More

Is ‘Beijing Women’s Manual’ Realistic About Sexism and the City?

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Critics say Chinese TV remake depicts its heroine as master of none and mistress of all. Read More

In China, Peppa Pig Is a Street Couture Icon

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Chinese audiences have loved Peppa Pig, a British cartoon character with a face shaped like a hair dryer, since the animated series first screened in the country in late 2015. But it’s not just children who are swooning over the swine. Read More

China’s Museums Are Twisting the Truth to Chase TV Ratings

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The surging popularity of the country’s history shows is making accuracy a thing of the past. Read More

Animated Film ‘Dahufa’ Entices Audiences with Content Warning

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In “Dahufa,” a warrior goes on a quest to save his prince from a dystopian society, but the violent animated movie mostly stands out for being the first Chinese film to administer its own rating. Read More

Drone Voyeur Live-Streams Women From Outside Their Homes

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On July 2, a man identified as Jin live-streamed women in various states of undress to over 100 viewers using a drone and the live-streaming app Kuaishou. Read More

Lip-Syncing, Sexism Dominate Spring Festival Gala Criticism

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The world’s most watched broadcast has been losing viewers for years, and the 2017 edition didn’t win any back. Year in year out, the Spring Festival Gala hosted by China’s state broadcaster CCTV is a chance for the country’s ruling Communist Party to stoke patriotic sentiment, praise ethnic unity, and flex military muscle. It’s also Read More

Chinese Documentary ‘Hooligan Sparrow’ Makes Oscar Shortlist

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The 84-minute documentary recorded the protests against child sexual abuse at a primary school in China’s southern island province of Hainan. Read More

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