MODERN HISTORY

How the TV Stole Spring Festival

First airing live in 1983, CCTV’s Spring Festival Gala didn’t just change TV—it changed the way China celebrates the Lunar New Year

MODERN HISTORY

How Did China End Up Celebrating Two New Years?

In the early 20th century, China tried to ban its millennia-old lunar calendar in the name of modernity—with mixed success

MODERN HISTORY

The Vanished Villages of Fujian and Qinling

Two villages allegedly disappeared overnight in the last century: Where did they go? Did they even exist?

MODERN HISTORY

The Traveling Projectionists Who Brought Entertainment to Farmers

Zhao Jishan, “the movie man,” spent years dragging a mobile cinema through rural China to bring entertainment to the villages

MODERN HISTORY

The Last Maoist Village in China

We take a trip to every Maoist’s favorite travel destination: Nanjie Village

MODERN HISTORY

How the Bikini Finally Came to China

From swimming across the Yangtze in the 60s to indecency scandals in the 80s: 30 years of swimwear history in China

MODERN HISTORY

30 Years of Kissing in Chinese Cinema and Society

From controversial kiss scenes in movies to stolen trysts by the riverbank, here’s how China rediscovered kissing after the Cultural Revolution

MODERN HISTORY

The Legendary Century-Long Life of a Leprosy Patient, Part 1

From wandering the streets to living in a leprosy colony, an ordinary 93-year-old woman recounts an extraordinary century of life

MODERN HISTORY

The Legendary Century-Long Life of a Leprosy Patient, Part 2

Read the second part of the story of Xu He as she leaves the leprosy village—and find out why she comes back

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