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Gimme Sugar: Fujian’s Ancient Sugar-Making Traditions Live On

Sugar-making in Longyan, Fujian province, is the sweetest job in town

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Make ’Em Laugh: How a Northeast Folk Performance Escaped Decline

By blending tradition with modern pop culture, northeastern “errenzhuan” was catapulted into the big leagues of Chinese showbusiness—but at what cost?

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The Last Shamans of the Changbai Mountains

In Jilin province, shamans adapt ancient beliefs to the modern context

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The Bathing Cultures Dividing North and South China

Northern bathhouses are famous for their vigorous scrubbing, while gentle massages in the South lull bathers to sleep

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The Changing Face of Yingge Dance

How the whole village works together to keep Puning’s traditional “hero dance” alive

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Supernatural Chinese Beings Perfect for Halloween

Halloween may be a Western import, but ancient Chinese literature is full of spooky beasts, demons, and ghosts to consider this October 31

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Why Young Performers are Giving Up On Years of Traditional Opera Training

A former Kunqu opera performer describes working in a disappearing art

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The Uncertain Future of Grassroots Chinese Opera

How will China save its vanishing local operas?

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The Enduring Chinese Roots of Central Asia’s Dungan People

Discover how faith and family have held the Dungan communities of Central Asia together for centuries

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