One Card to Rule Them All: The History of China’s ID System

How Chinese ID cards evolved from simple handwritten cards in 1984, to sophisticated digital documents essential for everything from riding the train to playing video games


High Stakes: The Art and Agenda of Shen Ao’s Scam Trade Thriller “No More Bets”

Despite its financial success in China, the plot of Shen Ao’s “No More Bets” hamstrings the social message it wants to get across


Catching China’s Bird Poachers

”Why go to so much trouble for a bird?”


ChatGPT Gold Rush: How AI Business (and Crime) Is Taking Shape in China

ChatGPT and Chinese alternatives like Baidu’s Ernie have entrepreneurs harnessing AI for profit, while lawmakers are reigning in nascent AI crime


Death by Flaming Shoes and Hundred Cuts: Disturbing Methods in Ancient Chinese Torture

From ankle crushing to slow slicing, ancient Chinese punishments and torture were brutal


“Lipstick King” Li Jiaqi Returns and Other Trending News

Li Jiaqi returns, Tangshan assault perpetrator gets 24 years, netizens question lack of menstrual pads for sale on trains, betel nut bans—it’s Viral Week


Centuries-Old Bridge in Fujian Burns Down and Other Trending News

Flash flood kills seven in Sichuan, exorbitantly priced designer bike shocks netizens, 932-year-old bridge burns down, Billboard launches Chinese edition—it’s Viral Week


The Influencers Helping Trafficked Women Return Home

The Toutiao Missing Persons Search is harnessing the power of short videos to reunite women abducted from minority ethnic groups with their families


Gender-Based Violence: A Year in the News

After the Tangshan restaurant attack, we look at how discussions about gender permeated news of violent acts in the past year


Violent Assault on Women at Restaurant Provokes Outrage and Other Trending News

Brutal attack on women provokes shock, luxury car owners feud over parking space, delayed ambulance blamed for student’s death, tattoo ban for minors—it’s Viral Week