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12.17.15

Smarter, Sexier State Media: There’s an App for That

Before the Internet age, it used to be relatively straightforward for authoritarian regimes to dictate popular news consumption: just control all the major newspapers, as China’s ruling Communist Party has done since the founding of the People’s...

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12.14.15

R.I.P. SCMP?

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian & David Wertime
On December 11, Chinese Internet behemoth Alibaba announced that it had reached an agreement to acquire Hong Kong’s flagship English-language newspaper, the South China Morning Post (SCMP). The announcement came as no surprise, as the ailing paper...

Mission Improbable—Jack Ma, China’s Biggest E-Commerce Tycoon, Wants To Be a Media Mogul Too

Economist
Jack Ma, Alibaba’s billionaire boss, wants to be a global media mogul.

Chinese State Media Hits Back at Claims of Racist 'Star Wars' Poster

James Griffiths
CNN
James Griffiths
"Finn (who happens to be black) and Chewbacca (happens to be Wookiee) get shafted in China."...

China Box Office Hits $6.3 Billion for 2015, Marking 48 Percent Yearly Growth

Patrick Brzeski
Hollywood Reporter
Patrick Brzeski
Local Chinese films accounted for $3.7 billion (23.7 billion yuan), more than 59 percent of the total box office earnings for the year to date.

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11.20.15

Pulitzer’s ‘Lookout on the Bridge’ vs. China’s ‘News Ethics Committees’

David Bandurski
In a recent harangue on the imperative of better journalism, a website run by the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Propaganda Department tore a jagged page from the wisdom of American newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer: “A journalist is the...

China Box Office: 'Spectre' Has the Competition Shaken and Stirred

Abid Rahman
Hollywood Reporter
Abid Rahman
It took a while, but James Bond finally won over Chinese audiences as Spectre, the 24th film in the franchise.

A Journalist’s View on Reporting the China-Africa Story

Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden & more
The U.S.-based online news site Quartz is among a growing number of international media companies that is investing resources to better cover Africa. The company launched Quartz Africa in June 2015 with the opening of a new bureau in Nairobi and the...

China to Tighten Limit on Foreign TV and Video Imports

Lilian Lin
Wall Street Journal
Lilian Lin
Tighter licensing could further reduce amount of foreign content streamed in China.

China Is on Track to Surpass U.S. as World's Biggest Movie Market by 2017

Richard Verrier
Los Angeles Times
Richard Verrier
Despite the recent economic slowdown in China, the country's film market is growing even faster than anticipated...

China Box Office: 'Ant-Man' Narrowly Wins Another Week

Patrick Brzeski
Hollywood Reporter
Patrick Brzeski
Marvel's "mighty" superhero Ant-Man continued to punch above its weight at the Chinese box office, winning a second consecutive week...

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10.30.15

Xi’s State Visits As Seen on the Cover of ‘China Daily’

Orville Schell
The state visits of Chinese Communist Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping to Washington, D.C. in September and London last week were both significant milestones in China’s long term “rejuvenation,” a key element in Xi’s vaunted notion...

Hong Kong Is the Happiest Place in China, According to WeChat Posts

Richard Macauley
Quartz
Richard Macauley
Hong Kong is home to the happiest people in Greater China, closely followed by Taiwan, according to Tencent.

Sinica Podcast

10.27.15

Hope and Fear in the Age of Asia

Kaiser Kuo & David Moser from Sinica Podcast
The West has spent decades pleading with China to become a responsible stakeholder in the global community, but what happens now that China is starting to take a more proactive role internationally? In this podcast, Kaiser Kuo and David Moser are...

Leaving China? Your books, Maps and DVDs May Be Confiscated

Julie Makinen
Los Angeles Times
Julie Makinen
An odd thing happened when movers came to box up Ruth Kirchner's furnishings as she was preparing to return to Berlin after a decade in China...

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