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For the Record: How a War Refugee Built His Vinyl Haven in Hong Kong

Record store owner Paul Au has escaped the Vietnam War, slept in the streets, and weathered two pandemics to pursue his passion for vinyl

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Is China’s Boy Band Boom Over?

Ten years ago, TFBoys spurred a boom in Chinese boy bands. But now fan fatigue, investor apathy, and the pandemic threaten to burst the pop star bubble.

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Navigating Cultures Through Hip Hop

Chinese American hip hop artist Bohan Phoenix reaches beyond his “in-between identity” to craft new sounds

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Reggae’s Chinese Roots Run Deeper Than You Think

Reggae is becoming better understood, more popular, and is even starting to infiltrate popular music in China

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When Mandopop Grooves with Reggae

Musicians of various ethnic backgrounds find resonance in reggae—and in its cultural relevance

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Will Online Concerts Replace Live Music in China?

Once the pandemic fades away, will China’s livestreaming music industry survive?

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Slang to Take You Down Memory Lane

A wave of nostalgia has swept through China’s entertainment world, as netizens coin new slang for old stars

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How China’s Popstars are Cashing in on Esports

The marriage of Chinese musicians with the hottest esports games means everyone’s a winner

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How Joanna Wang Redefines Mandopop in the TikTok Age

Fourteen years after debuting with a cover album, the singer-songwriter stays relevant to Gen Z with eclectic sounds and experimentation

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