Here Are the Top Reads From China’s $5 Billion Online Literature Market

 /  Online Literature  / 
From romances and period dramas to coming-of-age tales and martial arts epics, here are the stories that hooked China’s e-bookworms in 2020. Read More

An Actor’s Rumored Surrogacy Is a Massive Scandal in China

 /  Celebrity  / 
Surrogacy is both illegal in the country and widely viewed as exploitative of women. Read More

Ho-Ho-Ho or No? China’s Fashionistas Defend Christmas ‘Hanfu’

 /  Chinasplaining  / 
The ancient outfit has seen a resurgence in recent years, with massive demand prompting some manufacturers to experiment with modern mashups. Read More

All Work, More Play: Why Young Chinese Are Embracing Tabletop Games

 /  Chinasplaining  / 
If games like Werewolf are this generation’s mahjong, it’s only fitting that they also symbolize the blurring lines between work and leisure. Read More

The Tibetan Filmmaker Fighting to Put Minority Stories on Screen

 /  Film  / 
Director Pema Tseden discusses his award-winning new movie “Balloon” and the struggle to promote diversity in China’s film industry. Read More

How One Obscure Word Captures Urban China’s Unhappiness

 /  Chinasplaining  / 
Anthropologist Xiang Biao explains why the academic concept of “involution” became a social media buzzword. Read More

After Fake Reviews, Editor Asks Idolaters to Leave Her Book Alone

 /  Celebrity  / 
Followers of Chinese actor and singer Wang Yibo flooded the review section of a newly released book to elevate the popularity of their beloved star. Read More

Viewers Say New Kung Fu Series Lacks Kick

 /  TV  / 
The director of “Lu Ding Ji” acknowledged flaws in his martial arts drama but also said lead actor Zhang Yishan isn’t entirely to blame for the poor reviews. Read More

Thousands of Games Removed From Apple’s China App Store

 /  Game  / 
The purge is part of an attempt by regulators to close an iOS loophole that allowed games to be released before obtaining a required license. Read More

NetEase to Provide Counseling Services for Depressed Music Fans

 /  Chinasplaining  / 
In response to a concerning trend of bleak, even suicidal comments, the streaming platform has said it will enlist experts to provide 24-hour psychological care, as well as crack down on attention-seeking frauds. Read More


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