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

The Village-Grown Dialect Film Festival

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China’s first and only film festival dedicated to dialects has already celebrated its third birthday. Read More

Sex and the (Forbidden) City: How “Yanxi Palace” Becomes Smash Hit in the #MeToo Era

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So why has this historic drama replaced 'The Rap of China' as the biggest hit of the summer? Primarily, the plot — and its tackling of some very modern day storylines. Read More

Movie Companies Flee En Masse From Desert Tax Haven

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Stricter tax regulations and policy changes in Khorgos are driving out production houses once drawn in by the city’s generous tax breaks. Read More

Ideology for 500: Hunan TV Airs Quiz Show on Xi Jinping Thought

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Second season of ‘Socialism Is a Bit Cool’ marks the first time any program has made the Chinese president’s life, philosophy, and policy its focal point. Read More

Binge-watching, China Style

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Shows like “Story of Yanxi Palace” empower Chinese viewers frustrated with their own lives, if only for the length of an episode. Read More