LIFE

Arms Up! How Radio Exercises Live on in Modern China

How a German tradition from 1803 affects the massage parlors of China today

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TRAVEL

Where Empires Meet: Lüshun’s Complex Colonial Legacies

Lüshun’s history of colonial entanglement attracts visitors looking for stunning photo backdrops, but its story is difficult to tell

HISTORY

Romance and Rebellion in Republican China

How picture newspapers in the early 20th century reflected changing views on freedom and love

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BOOKS

On the Road in Republican China

A new book by historian Yajun Mo reveals the through-lines linking Chinese travelers, past and present

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MODERN HISTORY

The Butterfly Effect: Redeeming China’s Early Romance Novels

How “Mandarin Duck and Butterfly,” a romantic literary movement from early 20th century China, became forgotten in the tides of modernization

HISTORY

How China Adopted Western Punctuation

The story of how Chinese punctuation evolved from the Han dynasty to today

SPORTS

How China's First Olympian Inspired a Nation at War

In 1932, Liu Changchun won no medals, but he did gain China recognition on the world stage

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BOOKS, MODERN HISTORY

The Devil’s Advocates

Paul French’s latest book reconstructs Jazz Age Shanghai in sin and splendor

DESIGN

Class Acts

For a century, school uniforms have mirrored social and political shifts in China

HISTORY

The Curious Assassination of China’s First Publisher

Murder, conspiracy, nationalism, and the violent history of Chinese publishing

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