ANCIENT HISTORY

Famous Cheating Scandals from Chinese History

China's imperial exams were a hotbed for fraud

ANCIENT HISTORY

The Challenges of Adoption in Imperial China

The importance of male heirs made for complex negotiations of ritual, law, and lineage for those wishing to adopt

ANCIENT HISTORY

Making the Ming Great Again

A now-deleted Twitter account offered humorous historical lessons on the Ming dynasty’s last emperor

ANCIENT HISTORY

Rags to Ruler

Five Chinese emperors who rose from humble beginnings

TRADITIONAL CULTURE

Brands Behaving Badly

It’s not just D&G: here are some other foreign brands that have failed to impress Chinese consumers

BOOKS, HISTORY

Ming Matters

On the 650th year of this famous dynasty’s founding, a leading historian examines why its legacy endures

TRADITIONAL CULTURE

Con Country

The Book of Swindles reveals a Ming society riddled with dishonesty, debauchery, and double dealing

TRADITIONAL CULTURE

China’s Female-only Mosques

China’s pioneering female-only mosques have a long history, but female imams have drawn opposition from conservative quarters

FOOD

Sowing the Melon Seeds of Love

Cracking the mystery of China's seed-eating habit

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