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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.

Media

04.15.2014

Captain America Conquers China

Tea Leaf Nation

SHANGHAI—This week, while U.S.

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 togethe

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sinica Podcast

02.14.2014

Dissecting the 2014 Spring Festival Gala

Kaiser Kuo, David Moser

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 p

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.

Environment

01.30.2014

This Chinese Filmmaker Can’t Stop Talking Trash

Sun Yunfan

Documentary filmmaker and photographer Wang Jiuliang spent four years, between 2008 and 2011, documenting over 460 hazardous and mostly illegal landfill sites around Beijing.

Media

01.23.2014

Out of the Dark Room

Sharron Lovell

Photographers document China’s breakneck development in fractions of a second every single day. Yet the work of Chinese photojournalists remains largely unseen outside their homeland.

Media

01.03.2014

Coming to Chinese Headlines in 2014

Tea Leaf Nation, Rachel Lu

Chinese people have spent another year breathing dirty air,

Books

12.30.2013

Every Rock a Universe

Laura Chang

The Yellow Mountains (Huangshan) of China’s Anhui Province have been famous for centuries as a place of scenic beauty and inspiration, and remain a hugely popular tourist destination today.

Sinica Podcast

12.27.2013

Sinica Goes to the Movies

Kaiser Kuo, Jeremy Goldkorn, David Moser, Raymond Zhou

As much as expats in China like to complain about the state of Chinese film and television, this week Kaiser and Jeremy remind us that there is a lot of great art out there, too, in a show that asks the critical question of: what is wort

Other

12.26.2013

2013 Year in Review

The Editors

As the year draws to a close, we want to take a moment to look back at some of the stories ChinaFile published in 2013. We hope you’ll find something that interests you to read—or watch—over the holidays.

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