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

NBA China Ad Featuring Male Singer Reignites Masculinity Debate

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Some netizens call pop star Cai Xukun’s association with the basketball league ‘garbage,’ while others argue that he could help attract more female fans. Read More

Knights in Ancient Armor Fight to Save Chinese Culture

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After decades of being stuck in the dark ages, China's historical military re-enactment scene is in the midst of a renaissance. Read More

Shamanic Rituals and Shaking Shoes: Here’s What Censors Are Looking For on China’s Short Video Apps

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Thanks to a document recently published by the China Netcasting Services Association (CNSA), we have more of an idea about the form and categories of content that the government wishes to keep off of China’s rapidly multiplying short video platforms. Read More

Idol Hands: How China’s Super Fan Groups Make and Break Stars Via the Multi-Million Dollar “Fan Economy”

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What really is the so-called “Fan Economy” and why is understanding how it works so crucial to the world of contemporary Chinese celebrity? Read More

The World’s Most Googled Show Is a Chinese Period Drama

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With its strong female lead and attention to historical detail, ‘Story of Yanxi Palace’ has cultivated fan followings in several Asian markets. Read More

The Indie Game Decoding the Gay Male Reality

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‘A Gay’s Life’ combines entertainment and information to educate and promote tolerance. Read More

Chinese Netizens Livid After Celebrities Defend Abusive Actor

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Even after Jiang Jinfu apologized for beating his girlfriend, some of his peers in the entertainment industry can’t seem to accept his culpability. Read More

My Search for China’s Best Theme Park

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China has built dozens of theme parks in recent years, but are they any good? Read More