Born Again: China’s Girl Groups and the Life Cycle of a Stardom

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China’s idol industry went from boom to bust in the blink of an eye. Now some girls are fighting their way back to the top. Read More

One of China’s Most Influential Travel Show Hosts Right Now is a Fox Hand Puppet

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A hand puppet resembling a fox has become an unlikely star on the Chinese internet via a new comedy travel program. Read More

To Community and Beyond: Chinese Sci-Fi’s Next Giant Leap

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By shining a light on works from a wide range of innovative and thoughtful authors — from ice giants like Liu Cixin to fiery comets like Hao Jingfang — the influential magazine Science Fiction World has played a crucial role in Chinese sci-fi’s rise to acclaim. Read More

Vlogs, Once Ignored in China, Are Suddenly in Vogue

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Tech companies hungry for the newest hype turn to a tested format. Read More

Costume Dramas (Almost) Banned on the Chinese Internet

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2018 was tough enough for China's film-television industry — this second strike could kill a lot of production companies. Read More

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