Taking Aim at Corporate Hierarchy, NetEase Backs Staff Nicknames

 /  Chinasplaining  / 
In a move toward dismantling the rigid corporate hierarchy common at many Chinese companies, game developer NetEase is allowing employees to choose their own preferred nicknames. Read More

Dance Dance Arbitration: Why China’s Idols Want Out of Their Deals

 /  Celebrity  / 
A recent spate of contract disputes has cast a spotlight on one-sided contracts and cutthroat competition in the country’s idol industry. Read More

Chinese Web Celebs Appointed to Party-Backed Youth Organization

 /  Celebrity  / 
To the surprise of many online observers, pastoral life vlogger Li Ziqi and commercial livestreamer Wei Ya have been included among the All-China Youth Federation’s current cohort of 1,375 members. Read More

The ‘Punchline Queens’ Ripping Into Chinese Comedy’s Boys’ Club

 /  Chinasplaining  / 
Female contestants are stealing the spotlight in the popular online series “Rock & Roast,” sparking discussion on the wide gender gap in stand-up comedy. Read More

At the End of the Rainbow, Looking Back at Shanghai Pride

 /  Chinasplaining  / 
The longest-running Pride celebration on the Chinese mainland abruptly said it is canceling upcoming activities and won’t schedule future events. Read More

At Pride Exhibit, Shanghai’s LGBT Artists Vie to Be Seen, Not Silenced

 /  Chinasplaining  / 
The ongoing monthlong exhibition is showcasing the works of 17 emerging LGBT artists and allies. Read More

Bilibili vs. Bilibili: The Culture Clash Dividing China’s YouTube

 /  Chinasplaining  / 
Once a niche community for anime and gaming fans, Bilibili is reinventing itself as a mainstream video platform for Gen Z. But its veteran users aren’t happy. Read More

NetEase to Provide Counseling Services for Depressed Music Fans

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In response to a concerning trend of bleak, even suicidal comments, the streaming platform has said it will enlist experts to provide 24-hour psychological care, as well as crack down on attention-seeking frauds. Read More

China’s Nascent Tech Sectors Need 10M Workers by 2025, Report Says

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Jobs involving artificial intelligence, big data, cloud computing, and esports in particular will face worker shortages in the coming years. Read More

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