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

Video App Douyin Shatters Some Stereotypes About Its Enormous User Base

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Short video app Douyin has passed 400 million daily active users, its operator announced Sunday in a visual report that includes previously undisclosed insights on the app’s domestic users and the types of videos they view and create. Read More

How Li Ziqi Repackages Rural China For Urban Fantasies

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Conversations about the social media star tend to focus on her international popularity, but what do her Chinese fans see in her? Read More

Chinese Celebs Are Taking Unruly Fans to Court for Defamation

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A first-of-its-kind report revealed that this year, more than 100 stars filed lawsuits against individuals for posting false or malicious information online. Read More

2019 Year in Review: Top 10 Blockbusters in Chinese Cinema

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Let’s take a look at the top 10 box office hits of 2019, and how they were received critically and commercially.  Read More