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BOOKS

Can China’s Detective Novels Finally Make Crime Pay?

China’s long quest to produce a great crime novel

MUSIC

Is China’s Boy Band Boom Over?

Ten years ago, TFBoys spurred a boom in Chinese boy bands. But now fan fatigue, investor apathy, and the pandemic threaten to burst the pop star bubble.

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FILM

Nü Perspectives: Striving for Better Female Characters on Chinese Screens

Do female characters in Chinese cinema and TV pass the Bechdel test?

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

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