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08.27.2014

Standing Up for Indie Film in China

Jonathan Landreth

In July, Transformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth in the action-packed series of Hollywood films about trucks turning into giant robots to save the world, became the first film to sell more than $300 million in tickets at China’s box ...

Culture

08.11.2014

The Bard in Beijing

Sheila Melvin

At the end of a rollicking production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream—directed by Tim Robbins and staged in China in June by the Los Angeles-based Actors’ Gang—the director and actors returned to the stage for a dialogue...

Conversation

07.24.2014

Alibaba: How Big a Deal Is It?

David Wolf, Duncan Clark, The Editors

When Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba goes public some time after Labor Day it is expected be one the largest initial public offerings in history. This week, a story in The New York Times shed light on ties between Alibaba and the sons and...

Culture

07.01.2014

Inside the Mind of a Chinese Hacker

Emily Parker

In May, the U.S. announced the indictment of five Chinese hackers for breaking into the computers of U.S. companies. The men went by code names like UglyGorilla and KandyGoo. A recent report revealed that the hackers, who worked for Unit...

Media

04.30.2014

Five Lessons From the Axing of ‘The Big Bang Theory’

Tea Leaf Nation, Rachel Lu

It’s a plot twist few saw coming. Not long ago, China’s video streaming sites were trying to clean up years of copyright violations by paying big bucks to license popular U.S. television shows. For their part, Chinese fans had begun to...

Media

04.25.2014

Bieliebers They Are Not—Chinese Outraged by Singer’s Tokyo Shrine Visit

Tea Leaf Nation

Justin Bieber has once again displayed his talent for seemingly effortless international gaffes. The twenty-year-old Canadian pop princeling, who last year wrote “hopefully she would have been a Belieber” in the guestbook on his visit to...

Media

04.17.2014

Ai Weiwei’s Reach Draws New Yorkers’ Attention to Free Speech

Kim Wall

“Ai Weiwei retweeted me!” exclaimed a young blonde woman, laughing and waving her iPhone in the air with excitement. She and some two hundred other New Yorkers had gathered on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza to...

Media

04.15.2014

Captain America Conquers China

Tea Leaf Nation

SHANGHAI—This week, while U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s trip to China was underscoring bilateral tensions between the two powers, the Chinese masses were busy embracing another U.S. visitor.

Media

03.28.2014

Ang Lee and Zhang Yimou Talk Movies

Jonathan Landreth

Ang Lee, the Oscar-winning American film director with Taiwan roots, and Zhang Yimou, the storied veteran of mainland Chinese moviemaking, joined together on March 27 at Cooper Union in New York in a discussion billed “Chinese Film,...

Books

03.26.2014

Stagnant Water & Other Poems by Wen Yiduo

On June 6, 1946, at 5pm, after stepping out of the office of the Democratic Weekly, Wen Yiduo died in a hail of bullets. Mao blamed the Nationalists and transformed Wen into a paragon of the revolution. Wen was born into a well-to-do...

Media

03.01.2014

China’s Oscar Challenge

Jonathan Landreth

On January 3, the film critics of The New York Times published their Oscar nominations wish list. Many of their wishes came true and on Sunday night, March 2, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will broadcast its annual...

Viewpoint

02.27.2014

Why Frank Underwood is Great for China’s Soft Power

Ying Zhu

In depicting U.S. politics as just as vicious, if not more, sociopathic than its Chinese counterpart, House of Cards delivered a sweet Valentine’s Day gift to the Chinese government. The show handed the Chinese state an instant victory...

Culture

02.21.2014

Stranger Than Fiction

Zhang Xiaoran

In the short twenty years since Yu Hua, a fifty-three-year-old former dentist, has been writing, China has undergone change enough for many lifetimes. His country’s transformations and what they leave in their wake have become the central...

Sinica Podcast

02.14.2014

Dissecting the 2014 Spring Festival Gala

Kaiser Kuo, David Moser, Alice Xin Liu

A casual survey suggests that ninety-eight percent of Sinica listeners have at some point joined Chinese friends or family in watching the annual television spectacular known as the “Spring Festival Gala.” Sadly, whether from excessive...

Culture

02.10.2014

Will Xi Jinping Stop the Music?

Sheila Melvin

In late November of 2013, I sat chatting in a California concert hall with one of the PRC’s most famous first-generation pianists. Normally at this time of year, the pianist told me, he would be heading off to China to perform multiple New...

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