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

China’s State Media Investigates Fake Followers of Celebrities

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A newest investigative report by China’s central television exposed a rather surprising behind-the-scenes look into the country’s grey industry of follower buying. Read More

“The Wandering Earth”: Propaganda, Ratings Wars, and the Future of Chinese Sci-Fi

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The Liu Cixin adaptation just became China's #2 all-time highest grossing film. What does it mean for the genre's future? Read More

How Peppa and China’s ‘Little Miss Piggys’ Are Redefining Cool

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In honor of the Year of the Pig, a look back at how these pudgy farm animals became avatars of urban Chinese life. Read More

The Latest Hot Celebrity Endorsement: Chinese Imperial History

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China’s cultural promotion efforts are nothing new, but the emergence of these shows and their progeny demonstrates the nation’s desire to shape a national conversation around its own history — and its willingness to take to new forms of media to do so. Read More

NBA China Ad Featuring Male Singer Reignites Masculinity Debate

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Some netizens call pop star Cai Xukun’s association with the basketball league ‘garbage,’ while others argue that he could help attract more female fans. Read More

Knights in Ancient Armor Fight to Save Chinese Culture

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After decades of being stuck in the dark ages, China's historical military re-enactment scene is in the midst of a renaissance. Read More

Shamanic Rituals and Shaking Shoes: Here’s What Censors Are Looking For on China’s Short Video Apps

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Thanks to a document recently published by the China Netcasting Services Association (CNSA), we have more of an idea about the form and categories of content that the government wishes to keep off of China’s rapidly multiplying short video platforms. Read More

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