SOCIETY

Signs of the Times: Why Chinese Sign Language Users Struggle to Understand Each Other

China has 20 million sign language users, but regional varieties and misguided policies mean they still struggle to communicate

STREET TALK

“Asking for a Friend” on the Chinese Internet

How Chinese netizens use their imaginary friends to hide their embarrassment

NEWS

Bullied Photographer Commits Suicide and Other Trending News

Bullied photographer’s suicide, TV show criticized for on-screen cat death, traditional meat smoking causes fires, Canada Goose in hot water again—it’s Viral Week

SOCIETY

Hidden in Plain Sight: China’s Visually Impaired Still Struggle to be Seen

A lack of braille signage and braille education continue to present barriers for China’s visually impaired

BOOKS

Myth and Mechas: “Iron Widow” Sees Historical Figures Piloting Robots | Book Review

Wu Zetian defeats giant robot (and the patriarchy) in new novel

SOCIETY

My Time as a Guard in a Women’s Detention Center

Dealing with troubled pasts, endless waiting, and death sentences at a women’s detention center

FEMINISM

The Low Bar for Online Defamation in China

Several women have been falsely accused of promiscuity and “money worship” online, highlighting a lack of legal protection against internet rumors

ANCIENT HISTORY

The Strangest Deaths of Ancient Chinese Rulers

From falling into a toilet to being struck by lightning, these are the weirdest deaths ever to befall imperial Chinese rulers

BOOKS

Chinese Sci-Fi Beyond “The Three Body Problem” | Book Review

Newly translated short stories map out China’s sci-fi universe for English readers

NEWS

False Viral “Gold-Digger” Photo Sparks Debate and Other Trending News

Dead livestreamer’s ashes stolen for “ghost marriage,” mother arrested for buying foreign medicine for sick son, cuddly cactus toy turns out to be singing about suicide—it’s Viral Week

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