Why It’s Silly For Chinese to Worry About ‘Sissy’ Young Men

 /  Celebrity  / 
The real crisis of masculinity isn’t “sissy pants” — it’s a generation of men anxious and insecure about their declining social status. Read More

Digital Platforms Allow Adult Animation To Shine In China

 /  Animations  / 
It is notable how much of the emerging content is using animation to tell stories with adult themes. It’s a new development in a country where until now, animation has been firmly seen as a children’s medium. Read More

What Reality Show 101 Tells Us About Contemporary Femininity in China

 /  Opinion  / 
In contemporary China, sassy idols like singer Wang Ju – also referred to as “the Chinese Beyonce” – are garnering attention for embodying the rise of female empowerment. Read More

How China’s Celebrity Pay Crackdown May Change the Brand-Celebrity Relationship

 /  Entertainment Marketing  / 
Based on regulations that have been announced so far, Chinese celebrities will see an immense reduction in their entertainment industry paychecks. Experts believe the government’s attempt to regulate celebrity incomes is likely to change the luxury landscape. Read More

The Pingyao International Film Festival: Dawn of New Era for Chinese Independent Cinema?

 /  Opinion  / 
PYIFF is the first privately run Chinese film festival approved by the authorities. The festival is organized “by a company that operates in a marketed-based manner, which is a relatively new model. Read More

Empty Theaters and False Hopes: The Reality of VR Film

 /  Opinion  / 
VR film buffs are still trying to crack the code of blockbuster flicks, even now that the hype and cash have left. Read More

The China-US Trade War. It’s All Good Inside China!

 /  Chinasplaining  / 
Why is this happening and how long will it continue and what should you as an American company doing business in China or seeking to do business in China do? Read More

China Movies Gone in 48 Hours: Asura and Schadenfreude

 /  Opinion  / 
The real lesson from Asura, and the reason I think its implosion will ultimately prove to be a good thing, is that it shows the Chinese film industry is maturing. Read More

Trump, Tariffs, and Tinseltown

 /  Opinion  / 
The USTR has released a tentative list of 6,031 product categories that, in aggregate, allegedly represent $200B worth of Chinese imports. Included on this list, to the chagrin of almost everyone in the entertainment industry, is this category.... Read More

The Three-Book Problem: Why Chinese Sci-Fi Still Struggles

 /  Opinion  / 
Liu Cixin’s epic trilogy was expected to take Chinese science fiction into a new era, but the genre is still far from its lofty ambitions. Read More