Life in Kuaishou’s Watery Margins

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Streamers on China’s coarse TikTok rival drift between the alieantion of the ‘jianghu’ and dreams of mainstream success. Read More

The Dark Side of China’s Idol Economies

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While China’s idol economy remains a lucrative territory, this incident has revealed its dark side, and an intensified culture of cyberviolence, irrational fandom, and digital censorship are all risk factors that brands now have to face in this increasingly volatile market. Read More

Fan-Fiction Site Blocked in China After Celeb’s Stans Complain

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Fans of Chinese actor Xiao Zhan had mobilized to protest their idol being portrayed as a woman with a thing for teens on the popular content-hosting platform Archive of Our Own, leading to the site being blacklisted in China. Read More

Chinese Dinner Table Talk Tells Universal Story

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In Zhu Shengze's three-hour long documentary “Another Year,” 13 family meals show the personal side of China’s urbanization. Read More

How a Small Town Family’s Tale Captivated China’s ‘Cultured Youth’

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In January 2019, “Four Springs” went on general release in the Chinese mainland — a rare honor for a documentary film about an ordinary family. It has received nearly 100,000 ratings on Douban with an average score of 8.9 out of 10, making it a cultural phenomenon. Read More

Tribute to Medical Staff Steals the Show at Spring Festival Gala

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Performances for the world’s most-watched television event are usually planned months in advance, but the most memorable one this year was a last-minute addition in light of the ongoing public health crisis. Read More

Rat Tales: How Cuddly Cartoons Took Over the Year of the Rat

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Changing material conditions — and a Disney-assisted cartoon rebrand — have turned rodents from reviled pests into fun, marketable icons. Read More

Winter Has Come for China’s Movie Extras

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As a slowdown chills the Chinese film industry, actors are finding creative new ways to make a living. Read More

Ad Featuring Same-Sex Couple Wins Hearts and Minds in China

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Activists say the rare LGBT-friendly commercial is a step toward acceptance and equality. Read More