China’s Hip-Hop Haters Turn Their Ire to ‘Hanmai’

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Hip-hop has recently found itself in the firing line of Chinese authorities. But now even "hanmai" — a style of emceeing popular in northeastern China — has come into the crosshairs of the country’s culture wars. Read More

How Cinematic Heroes Reflect a New, Assertive China

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Both consciously and unconsciously, popular art, film, and literature have started to express this return to great-nation status and depict China as an ultramodern entity. Read More

China’s Ethnic Minority Language Film

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Ethnic voices and soundscapes summons Chinese society into a position of listening and figuring out their meaning. Such voices may not be easily comprehended by the Han majority, but they cannot be ignored. Read More

Free Time in Smaller Cities behind Rapid Growth in China’s Entertainment Market

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These young souls are not as tempted by the urban glamor as many would expect, and part of it might be because the country’s tech giants have kept them well entertained and contented. Read More

How Jack Ma’s Tin-Eared Fans Reveal China’s Obsession With Celebrity Culture

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Online reaction to the e-commerce mogul’s pop duet proves that we love nothing more than to fawn over the wealthy. Read More

China’s Cultural Revivalists: More Than Just Quirky Throwbacks

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Robe-wearing, zither-playing ‘fugu’ fans revel in their own eccentricity, but they are also making a deeper political point. Read More

Kung Fu Star Jet Li Talks about The Film He Just Made with Alibaba’s Jack Ma

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The iconic actor hopes to light up future Games with an innovative take on traditional martial arts. Read More

The Changing Definition of Male Role Models in China

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Unprecedented economic growth alongside the rise of consumerism, urbanization, and globalization have all contributed to the emergence of multiple, often competing, male role models in China. Across both traditional and social media, men and women are now presented with a bewildering array of idealized male “types.” Read More

Why Chinese Sci-Fi Fans Love Homegrown Heroes

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Film and literary protagonists wield ancient philosophy to ward off alien invasions. Read More