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May 30, 2024

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#streetwear

#Chinese youth

The blokette look, a feminine take on UK street style, is proving a hit with Chinese Gen Zers, echoing the popularity of Japanese school uniforms Read More

#commerce

#media

Key community spaces in 20th century China, newsstands are now disappearing all over the country Read More

#short video

#overwork

Fans have turned on “Reincarnated as a Maid of a Rich CEO” for perpetuating the same exploitive practices it critiques Read More

#work pressure

#Food

The trend, spearheaded by an entrepreneur in Fujian, has brought sales — and confusion — to fruit sellers Read More

#Fashion

Despite online criticism, the 650 USD t-shirt has already sold out Read More

#style

#streetwear

In recent years the brand has made a big splash with Chinese middle-class consumers and streetwear fans Read More

#Photography

Sheng Sheng has gained a following for capturing unguarded, authentic moments with celebrities Read More

#club music

The party series from curatorial collective Transparent Afternoon aims to make nightlife more accessible Read More

#Henry Lau

#Music

The two-day event will also feature Eric Nam and other performers, as well as a conference organized with the Roc Nation School of Music Read More

#China Tech

#macau

Macau’s very own tech show goes to the next level with greater international presence and industry-leading innovations. Read More

#Rap of China

#Henan

The track by Zhang Fangzhao, repping his hometown of Jiaozuo, Henan province, has resonated with many listeners from less developed parts of the country Read More

#Film

#Jia Zhangke

Soi Cheang’s Kowloon Walled City thriller and a new film from Jia Zhangke lead the charge for Chinese cinema at the festival on the French Rivieria Read More

#Olympics

#Shanghai

Breaking, sport climbing, skateboarding, and BMX freestyle were featured in a boisterous riverside venue Read More

#Fashion

Activist, astronaut, and fashion icon Amanda Ngyuen continues to trailblaze for the Vietnamese American community Read More

#theater

Starring an influencer who uses a wheelchair, the play has broken new ground for representation and accessibility in Chinese theater Read More

#village

#zhejiang

As depopulation and aging threaten a once prosperous fishing area, young local creatives are stepping into the fray Read More

#Tesla

#elon musk

Elon Musk discusses the potential implementation of his “Full Self-Driving” software in China, while India finds itself neglected Read More

#Sports

#boxing

Influencers and a hit film are fueling interest in new or unconventional sports as office workers search for adventure and friendship Read More

#delivery

#online shopping

Updated rules for package deliveries have increased pressure on workers and raised questions about online shopping Read More

#milk tea

#coffee

Foreign tea brands and health conscious lifestyles are driving the popularity of tea among younger Koreans Read More

#Jobs

#Guangzhou

Xiang Yaohan’s creative job hunting technique has garnered over 1,000 likes and interest from 30 companies Read More

#F1

#China Pride

Competing in his home country for the first time, Zhou finished 14th, but received plenty of love from fans Read More

#Rap of China

#Chengdu

Beef between a rapper and a TV competition judge has turned a nondescript neighborhood into a travel destination Read More

#Live Music

#Jay Chou

Demand for concert tickets has outstripped supply, creating an opening for ticket scalpers Read More

#Travel

#traditional culture

Cities like Kaifeng and Yangzhou — rich in heritage but not traditionally major tourist destinations — were flooded with visitors over Qingming Festival Read More

#Sports

#ufc

The two competitors faced off in Las Vegas for UFC’s first-ever all-Chinese championship fight Read More

#AI

#relationships

Chinese influencers have been sharing tutorials on how to make DAN — an unhinged version of ChatGPT — into the ultimate bad boy Read More

#Digital Life

#Hebei

A Shijiazhuang chemical factory is suddenly the hottest thing on US social media, spawning utterly bizarre memes Read More

#Hong Kong

#Shenzhen

Lured by cheaper prices, Hong Kongers are flocking to their northern neighbor, especially during public holidays Read More

#AI

#Health

The Zhejiang Health Commission has introduced the AI medical assistant “An Zhen’er” at local hospitals Read More

#Xiaomi

#electric vehicles

Online reactions to CEO Lei Jun’s autoworker jacket led Xiaomi to release a limited number for public purchase — which immediately sold out Read More

#electric vehicles

Tax breaks have encouraged EV ownership throughout the country, and reasonably priced new cars are helping Chinese brands like BYD and Ora get an edge on Telsa Read More

#The Three-Body Problem

#Netflix

The show has received a mixed reaction, winning new fans overseas while frustrating Chinese netizens Read More

#jewelry

#Chinese Millennials

#Xiaohongshu

Cute new designs and rising gold prices are drawing millennials and Gen Zers to the metal Read More

#university

#Students

China’s Ministry of Education has announced a spate of new undergraduate majors. While some are clearly connected to a fast-changing economy, others are slightly more out-there Read More

#Film & TV

The tech giant’s major investment is a promising development, but can it bring the city’s acclaimed film scene back to its heyday? Read More

#Food

#Shanghai

We sampled snacks, wine, and baijiu cocktails while listening to thought-provoking talks on Chinese cuisine at home and abroad Read More

#movies

#Dune

The sci-fi saga has proven to be a box office smash in China, inspiring spicy memes and raising hopes for Hollywood’s engagement with Chinese audiences Read More

#economy

#International Students

With a foreign degree no longer a guaranteed ticket to a lucrative career, Chinese families and students are reconsidering their reasons for overseas study Read More

#ice cream

Once hailed as “the Hermès of ice cream,” Zhong Xue Gao’s prices have dramatically dropped, all while the brand has been buffeted by legal woes Read More

#Chinese Art

#milk tea

Paper bags from the milk tea chain are uncannily similar to a Dior bag, and have become the material of choice for DIY projects Read More

#ufc

#mma

Despite a strong start, ‘Swaggy Song’ ultimately lost to Yan in three rounds by unanimous decision Read More

#artificial intelligence

After the passing of his daughter, the Taiwanese celebrity dove into the study of AI, and eventually created a digital model of her. But this act of fatherly love has provoked mixed reactions Read More

#social media

#gender

“Electronic Dads” and “Other People’s Dads” are being celebrated as influencers by young people looking for father figures Read More

#Taylor Swift

#singapore

Singaporeans are memeing and the rest of the region is fuming as the megastar performs in the city-state for the sole Southeast Asian shows of her ongoing tour Read More

#cultural heritage

#Technology

The 30th Zigong International Dinosaur Lantern Festival showcases new technology and fuses AI with age-old tales Read More

#Education

#CCTV

A Chinese influencer’s efforts to return a homework assignment lost in Paris stir up controversy, attracting attention from national media outlets Read More

#Entertainment

Liu Gege has gained the attention of millions of followers on Chinese social media through videos of her daily life — but is it all too much for a preteen? Read More

#Buddhism

#Electronic Music

Mainland fans are eager for the return of Yakushiji, who melds Buddhist sutras with rock, hip hop, and electronic music Read More

#Film

Audiences flocked to acclaimed films by comedian Jia Ling, veteran director Zhang Yimou, and more over the Chinese New Year holiday Read More

#Music

#Chinese diaspora

Featuring luminaries from LA’s music scene, the group mixes house and trip hop to recall the best of 90s Hong Kong Read More

#Technology

#religion

Viral Video of Apple Vision Pro-wearing Worshipper at Buddhist Incense Burning Sparks Debate on Technology and Tradition Read More

#Chinese New Year

#Andy Lau

Andy Lau’s holiday jam has woven itself into the fabric of Chinese New Year celebrations worldwide Read More

#Food

#coffee

A chili-infused latte from Jiangxi province is going viral online, marking 2024’s first bizarre coffee innovation Read More

#Music

The Gen Z artist reinvigorating jazz and classical music for young generations won big, along with classical pianist Wang Yujia Read More

#Chinese New Year

#Labelhood

As the Year of the Dragon draws near, the collab showcases Chinese designers and brings a touch of home to Chinese fashion lovers in London Read More

#gaming

Discontent over a popular Chinese video game’s underwhelming New Year’s gifts has led to an exodus of its followers on platforms including Douyin and Bilibili Read More

#Chinese culture

#shopping malls

In China’s stylish and upmarket venues, deciphering restroom signs has become a challenge as interior designers put artistry over clarity Read More

#Film

Sean Wang’s coming-of-age feature Dìdi picked up critical accolades and an Audience Award Read More

#Chinese New Year

Feeling that the major television event is out of touch with their lives, young people are posting skits online imagining what the gala would look like with them running the show Read More

#Politics

#History

As China prepares for Lunar New Year, fireworks are igniting heated discussions on how to balance tradition with safety and environmental concerns Read More

#Food

Turning their backs on marketing hype and overly positive reviews, young Chinese foodies are searching for hidden gems by trying out restaurants with mediocre online ratings Read More

#ufc

#mma

The two leading Chinese female fighters are poised to rock the octagon as they go head-to-head in a landmark moment for mixed martial arts in China Read More

#pets

Low on time, space, and money, some young people are choosing to keep fish instead of cats and dogs Read More

#tea shops

The city’s Public Security Bureau has launched its own tea shop, complete with a pun-based name Read More

#Travel

Harbin has long been a major wintertime destination, but its Ice and Snow Festival has reached a whole new level this year Read More

#television

Critics and viewers have praised the show’s visuals and deep engagement with Shanghai culture, but also found it overlong and over-stylized Read More

#Sports

#Formula One

Local fans are eager to witness China’s first-ever F1 driver finally race on home soil Read More

#movie

Theatrical screenings of hit film Shining for One Thing feature artificial snow in a key scene, but quality varies greatly Read More

#cultural heritage

Spectators around China celebrated New Year’s Eve in a cascade of sparks, embracing an ancient Chinese folk art Read More

#cats

#Dating

A one-off marketing event for an app in Shanghai’s People’s Park has turned cat matchmaking into a trend Read More

#gaming

In a statement after the market plummeted, China’s National Press and Publication Administration said it would “carefully study” public comments. Will the regulator eventually loosen its grip on the world’s largest gaming market? Read More

#Bilibili

The winner this year captures users’ surprise and admiration for the unfamiliar and unexpected Read More

#Animals

#memes

The Latin America mammals’ chilled-out, unbothered appearance has made it a hit with Chinese youth, and the fodder for countless memes Read More

#hot pot

#dance

Videos of staff at Haidilao restaurants performing the ‘Kemusan’ are blowing up online, but the dance has been criticized as vulgar Read More

#artificial intelligence

The copyright debate over AI artwork has escalated following the Beijing Internet Court’ recent ruling in favor of copyright protection for an AI-generated image Read More

#trends

The baby bowl phenomenon is a prime example of Chinese youth wanting to slink back into childhood rather than face adult life Read More

#online video

The app ReelShort has American viewers addicted to short videos reprising plots from trashy Chinese web novels Read More

#cultural heritage

Elderly villagers in a remote part of Sichuan province have inadvertently damaged recently-discovered ancient Buddha statues Read More

#ByteDance

Faced with a market downturn and underwhelming performance compared to its major rivals, the Chinese internet giant is strategically downsizing its gaming division Read More

#McDonald's

The fast food giant’s fresh marketing concepts continue to win over young consumers Read More

#Education

From wine tasting to dumping exes, China’s night schools emerge as an oasis for stressed-out young people Read More

#Hong Kong

#Crime

Claiming to use feng shui to help buyers make profitable investments, scammers have stolen millions from Hong Kongers Read More

#Internet

#Technology

The new network is more than 10 times faster than the fastest internet in the United States Read More

#Gaokao

#Shanghai

The secret dwelling has sparked discussions on housing affordability and rent hikes in metropolises like Shanghai Read More

#Netflix

#Michelle Yeoh

Powered by an all-Asian cast and writers room, this is your chance to see Michelle Yeoh power-drilling through a guy’s skull Read More

#li jiaqi

#Singles' Day

The “King of Lipstick” reportedly sold over 25 billion RMB of merchandise during this year’s Singles Day shopping festival Read More

#ufc

#mma

UFC is making a long-awaited return to Shanghai, with China’s top-ranking male fighter Song Yadong fighting in the main event Read More

#McDonald's

#Fashion

The collaboration between Crocs and McDonald’s marks a moment of synergy between two established brands who aren’t afraid to play with new ideas Read More

#Film

Director Wuershan reportedly dreamed up the fantasy epic after watching the first ‘Lord of the Rings’ movie in 2001 Read More

#Entertainment

Gen-Z is joining in on an activity previously reserved for the middle-aged, leading to a collision between two different forms of dance Read More

#Live Music

#LGBTQ

Regulators stated that the new rule was in direct response to The 1975’s now-infamous onstage kiss Read More

#Hip Hop

#Chinese hip hop

THE ANCIENT WAR mixes together trap, drill, and trance to bring together China’s electronic and hip hop underground scenes Read More

#Taylor Swift

#AI

Social media users have mixed opinions on the technology — some are excited to dub full TV shows, while others worry about the danger of fake news Read More

#gaming

#Steam

The game uses professional actresses instead of computer-generated graphics Read More

#Environment

Dilraba Dilmurat, Qin Lan, and other divas are traveling the globe — fans say it feels like traveling alongside a group of friends Read More

#NBA

#Hong Kong

The born-and-raised Hong Konger has his sights set on playing in the NBA Read More

#Shaolin Temple

#Los Angeles

Modern-day wuxia company Immortal Studios is putting the spotlight on Shaolin’s global cultural legacy Read More

#Halloween

#nightlife

There’s been an uptick in Chinese cultural costumes, as folks take a tongue-in-cheek approach to the holiday Read More

#Halloween

As Halloween approaches, one subway network is saying “boo” to scary makeup Read More

#zootopia

#Disneyland

Shanghai Disneyland’s eighth themed land will open by the end of the year Read More

#skating

#Shanghai

The short doc by Roni Shao gives audiences a peek inside a world of skaters, and skate videographers Read More

#golden rooster awards

The 2023 Golden Rooster Award nominations are here, but audiences are split over the titles that were (and weren’t) selected Read More

#celebrities

When a fan shouted at Chan to speak Mandarin, he refused and chastised audience members Read More

#Art

Eight days prior, a different work by the same artist had sold for $2.6 million at Sotheby’s Read More

#Netflix

#TV

The new Netflix series is under close scrutiny, with fans still reeling from the highly-criticized 2010 film adaptation Read More

#Edison Chen

#Adidas

“I spent the summer in Europe immersing myself in the Adidas brand, which gave me a new point of view,” says Chen Read More

#Basketball

#macau

Nick Young, AKA Swaggy P, is returning to the court as part of the ASEAN league Read More

#Basketball

#rural China

The Village Basketball League or ‘CunBA’ in a rural corner of Guizhou province has become a huge hit with sports fans Read More

#hot pot

#movie theater

Some worry the simmering broth will detract from the moviegoing experience Read More

#Fashion

#Shanghai Fashion Week

Zhou’s experiments in “techno-orientalism” continue, making a conceptual statement at Shanghai Fashion Week Read More

#Shanghai Fashion Week

Shanghai Fashion Week Spring-Summer 2024 is here, and there’s lots to take in Read More

#Food

The ‘Too Good to Go’ food trend has gained popularity in China, but doubts over food safety remain Read More

#bboy

#Hip Hop

The young Japanese champ narrowly cinched a victory over the Korean legend Read More

#Fashion

#Fan Bingbing

Fan Bingbing’s most significant public appearance since her 2018 tax evasion scandal was met with a mixed response Read More

#moon

#space exploration

China’s lofty lunar ambitions are the source of much excitement, as well as some controversy Read More

#Music

#Electronic Music

Catch up on Techno, Rap, Ambient, and Funk from China’s Best DJs Read More

#influencer

#rural China

#farming

Rural life influencer returns after a two-year break, but her new look is raising eyebrows Read More

#science

“If life ever existed there, it could have been destroyed and reborn many times,” says one researcher Read More

#esports

#hangzhou

Previously a demonstration event, this is the first time that esports will have full medal status Read More

#moutai

#branding

Kweichow Moutai is getting pretty loose with its brand collaborations, in a bid to win younger customers Read More

#Basketball

#Chinese Basketball Association

#Jeremy Lin

#Linsanity

#NBA

#taiwan

Jeremy Lin took to social media to announce that he would be playing alongside his brother as part of the New Taipei Kings Read More

#Chinese Parents

Netizens are chiming in on instances when they’ve been asked (or hired) to impersonate the parents of students Read More

#LGBTQ

Although pleas for the legal recognition of same-sex marriage were denied, the court recognized the need for an alternative framework that imparts “a sense of legitimacy” Read More

#Luckin Coffee

#moutai

Luckin Coffee has teamed up with liquor brand Kweichow Moutai. But is it a good thing? Read More

#Tony Leung

#Film

The legendary Hong Kong singer and actor was moved to tears while accepting the prestigious Golden Lion Lifetime Achievement Award Read More

#Hong Kong

This year’s pageant created a virtual host by fusing together past champions, then asked contestants to have conversations with AI-produced, elderly versions of themselves Read More

#Fashion

Chinese fashionistas have found a way to turn ‘ugly’ orthopedic shoes into must-have accessories Read More

#News

Jet skiing across choppy waters to South Korea is undoubtedly one of the most extreme escape attempts witnessed in recent times Read More

#Black in China

#ASMR

Black influencers based in China are heading to hair spas to create content Read More

#NBA

#Livestreaming

The lightning-fast sales event elicited an unexpected celebration from an excited Harden Read More

#artificial intelligence

AI technology has reached the fast-moving world of commercial livestreaming in China Read More

#Zhang Weili

#ufc

Zhang Weili put on a show at UFC 292, retaining her title and proving that she’s here to stay Read More

#university

#lying flat

Seen as a ‘pseudo gap year,’ delaying one’s graduation is becoming a popular choice to avoid grim career prospects Read More

#gaming

#Sun Wukong

The groundbreaking ‘souls-like’ game has finally reached a playable form Read More

#korea

A series of worrying homicide threats in Korea ignited a wider conversation on Chinese social media platforms Read More

#short film

#AI

The short film, starring RADII favorite Gigi Lee and directed by Gary Yong, uses AI to tap into a Chinese cultural landscape Read More

#Chengdu

#sci-fi

The new Chengdu Science-Fiction Museum nears completion, as it gets ready to welcome the World Science Fiction Convention and Hugo Awards Ceremony Read More

#library

Located in Changning District, Shanghai’s first AI-powered library is a symbol of the city’s focus on cultural development Read More

#Music

#R&B

Jasmine Yen, daughter of martial arts legend Donnie Yen, has kicked off a music career Read More