China’s Facebook Is Back. Why Doesn’t Anyone Care?

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Once valued at roughly $7.5 billion, Renren’s decline over the past decade is symbolic of the broader commercialization of social media spaces. Read More

Taobao Removes Animal Crossing Listings From Its Marketplace

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Taobao has taken down physical copies of Japanese game maker Nintendo’s widely popular video game Animal Crossing from its marketplace. Why it matters: The game, running on Nintendo’s Switch video game console, has taken the world by storm after the release of its latest in a series, New Horizons, last month—while a global pandemic has forced the world to Read More

Brand Film Pick: Kuaishou’s Supporting Role in Coronavirus Documentary

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The short video platform Kuaishou’s rise to mainstream prominence has coincided with the coronavirus outbreak, which has created new opportunities for it to emerge stronger from the crisis Read More

From Isolated to Island-Hopping: China Embraces Animal Crossing

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As a deadly pandemic ravages the globe, gamers are turning to a new virtual diversion as a welcome escape from reality. Read More

China’s Twitch Hoping to Turn Men on to Livestreamed E-Commerce

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Many of the people tuning in to China’s commercial livestreams are women. Live gaming platform Douyu is looking to appeal to a different demographic. Read More

Law Professor’s Quirky Lectures Attract Millions of Online Fans

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Viewers appreciate that behind Luo Xiang’s ridiculous stories and anecdotes is someone who reveres the sanctity of his profession. Read More

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