From Isolated to Island-Hopping: China Embraces Animal Crossing

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As a deadly pandemic ravages the globe, gamers are turning to a new virtual diversion as a welcome escape from reality. Read More

China’s Twitch Hoping to Turn Men on to Livestreamed E-Commerce

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Many of the people tuning in to China’s commercial livestreams are women. Live gaming platform Douyu is looking to appeal to a different demographic. Read More

Law Professor’s Quirky Lectures Attract Millions of Online Fans

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Viewers appreciate that behind Luo Xiang’s ridiculous stories and anecdotes is someone who reveres the sanctity of his profession. Read More

Life in Kuaishou’s Watery Margins

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Streamers on China’s coarse TikTok rival drift between the alieantion of the ‘jianghu’ and dreams of mainstream success. Read More

The Dark Side of China’s Idol Economies

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While China’s idol economy remains a lucrative territory, this incident has revealed its dark side, and an intensified culture of cyberviolence, irrational fandom, and digital censorship are all risk factors that brands now have to face in this increasingly volatile market. Read More

Fan-Fiction Site Blocked in China After Celeb’s Stans Complain

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Fans of Chinese actor Xiao Zhan had mobilized to protest their idol being portrayed as a woman with a thing for teens on the popular content-hosting platform Archive of Our Own, leading to the site being blacklisted in China. Read More

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

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