Looking Back to Look Ahead: National Identity at the 2008 Beijing Olympics

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The China Central Television and NBC presentations of Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics illustrate the clashing narratives about China. Read More

Headlines From China: What’s Special About The Chinese New Year Gala?

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Staged live on every Chinese New Year's Eve, the Chinese New Year Gala’s long-lived success can be attributed to the fact that it has become a ritual and tradition for many to watch the show on Chinese New Year's eve. Read More

China’s Hip-Hop Haters Turn Their Ire to ‘Hanmai’

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Hip-hop has recently found itself in the firing line of Chinese authorities. But now even "hanmai" — a style of emceeing popular in northeastern China — has come into the crosshairs of the country’s culture wars. Read More

How Cinematic Heroes Reflect a New, Assertive China

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Both consciously and unconsciously, popular art, film, and literature have started to express this return to great-nation status and depict China as an ultramodern entity. Read More

The Changing Landscape of Sports Streaming in China

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China Central Television (CCTV) is the only national broadcaster in China and it used to be the only platform that FIFA partnered with to distribute the content of major international soccer events. However, the situation may change in the near future. Read More

China’s Ethnic Minority Language Film

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Ethnic voices and soundscapes summons Chinese society into a position of listening and figuring out their meaning. Such voices may not be easily comprehended by the Han majority, but they cannot be ignored. Read More

Free Time in Smaller Cities behind Rapid Growth in China’s Entertainment Market

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These young souls are not as tempted by the urban glamor as many would expect, and part of it might be because the country’s tech giants have kept them well entertained and contented. Read More

How Jack Ma’s Tin-Eared Fans Reveal China’s Obsession With Celebrity Culture

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Online reaction to the e-commerce mogul’s pop duet proves that we love nothing more than to fawn over the wealthy. Read More

China’s Cultural Revivalists: More Than Just Quirky Throwbacks

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Robe-wearing, zither-playing ‘fugu’ fans revel in their own eccentricity, but they are also making a deeper political point. Read More

Kung Fu Star Jet Li Talks about The Film He Just Made with Alibaba’s Jack Ma

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The iconic actor hopes to light up future Games with an innovative take on traditional martial arts. Read More

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