TV

TV Show Highlights the Lives of Professional Hostesses

A popular thriller set in 1980s Taiwan humanizes the women behind a difficult and stigmatized profession

ENTERTAINMENT

Will Reality TV Save Chinese Stand-Up Comedy?

Why did comedy show “Rock & Roast” get famous—and will its popularity last?

STREET TALK

A Viral Elegant Phrase to Lessen the Pain of Inequality

Instead of blaming themselves for their shortcomings, netizens are taking aim at the "unevenness of the world"

ENTERTAINMENT

Building Utopia Via Reality TV

New TV show '50km Taohuawu' tasks celebrities with constructing an ideal community—spoiler alert, they fail

TV

Five Most Typecast Chinese Actors

Besides unoriginal plots and characters, some Chinese shows even reuse actors

TV

Top Reality Show of 2018: Dunk of China

The smash-hit variety show combined basketball with pop culture to lure millions into watching

MUSIC

Dissing with Chinese Characteristics

In China’s regulated rap industry, dissing takes on patriotism, celeb-baiting, and other unique forms

TV, ANCIENT HISTORY

Hair Razing

Two recent dramas offer new explanations to why the wife of Emperor Qianlong cut her hair—and got herself banished from court

SOCIETY

Kids Forever

Hunan TV’s reality shows spark debate on helicopter parents, stifled teens (and adults)

MUSIC

Against the Flow

“Rap of China” hopeful on why she refuses to conform in an increasingly stifled hip-hop industry

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