How TikTok’s Cross-Dressing Stars Turn Femininity Into a Joke

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While the platform’s vloggers may appear to share intimate details of their lives to connect with fans and build an audience, it’d be more accurate to say that TikTok is a manufacturer of social sentiments. Read More

How Chinese Youth Are Finding Depth in the Two-Dimensional World

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Young Chinese may be dazzled by the color and lines of Japanese-influenced manga, anime, and games, but it’s the three-dimensional relationships that draw them in. Read More

Forgotten Planets: Exploring China’s Long-Running Sci-Fi Film Tradition

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Here's a look at the rich history of Kehuan cinema, currently being eclipsed by the hype around “The Wandering Earth.” Read More

Why On-Screen Portrayals of China’s Middle Class Fall Flat

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After decades spent producing mindless, middling fare glorifying middle-class values, it’s time for China's film industry to take a more critical look. Read More

Why Was Korean Drama ‘Sky Castle’ Such a Big Hit in China?

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The drama explores the challenges facing anxious parents in Korea as they struggle to get their kids into top universities – many of which are familiar to parents in China. Read More

China’s State Media Investigates Fake Followers of Celebrities

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A newest investigative report by China’s central television exposed a rather surprising behind-the-scenes look into the country’s grey industry of follower buying. Read More

“The Wandering Earth”: Propaganda, Ratings Wars, and the Future of Chinese Sci-Fi

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The Liu Cixin adaptation just became China's #2 all-time highest grossing film. What does it mean for the genre's future? Read More

How Peppa and China’s ‘Little Miss Piggys’ Are Redefining Cool

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In honor of the Year of the Pig, a look back at how these pudgy farm animals became avatars of urban Chinese life. Read More

The Latest Hot Celebrity Endorsement: Chinese Imperial History

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China’s cultural promotion efforts are nothing new, but the emergence of these shows and their progeny demonstrates the nation’s desire to shape a national conversation around its own history — and its willingness to take to new forms of media to do so. Read More