Chinese tennis star disappears after accusing former vice premier of sexual assault

Chinese tennis star disappears after accusing former vice premier of sexual assault

One of China’s biggest sporting stars, Peng Shuai, has disappeared after making sexual assault allegations against the country’s former vice premier

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A Fear of Pop Culture?

A Fear of Pop Culture?

In recent months Beijing has been taking a strong stance against popular culture, cracking down on talent shows, regulating fan groups, limiting access to computer games and detaining some of the country’s most popular celebrities. The reasoning behind these measures are not entirely clear, but Beijing’s actions suggest China’s leaders are worried about the growing influence of pop culture. Television Shows Controlling television and radio […]

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The Secrets of Chinese Mathematics

The Secrets of Chinese Mathematics

Across Europe and North America there is a commonly held belief that people from China are inherently good at Mathematics. This stereotype has been reinforced in popular culture, with the geeky Chinese student a regular fixture in memes, cartoons and high school movies.  These stereotypes are supported by some factual data, such as the international recognised ‘Programme for International Student Assessment’, PISA Mathematics rankings. Over […]

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After summer success, China readies for Winter Olympics

After summer success, China readies for Winter Olympics

The year 2021 was never meant to be on the olympic calendar, but the Covid-19 pandemic created a one year postponement to the olympics for the first time in the modern era. As such, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and the 2020 Paralympics were truly unique olympic events. With these sporting spectacles successfully completed, attention now turns to Japan’s neighbour. China had great success at this […]

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China’s Euro 2020 Fanatic Football Fans

China’s Euro 2020 Fanatic Football Fans

The Euro 2020 football championship reaches its zenith this weekend with the final between England and Italy. After a one year delay to this competition, fans around the world have jubilantly celebrated the return of international football played in front of thousands of spectators. China’s football fans have been particularly excited to celebrate the Euro Football Championship and analyst expect over 50 million Chinese fans […]

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Wild elephant migration wins China’s hearts

Wild elephant migration wins China’s hearts

A herd of fifteen wild elephants have captured the hearts of millions across China as they make a long and mysterious migration across the country’s southern provinces. The elephants’ journey began in April this year, after the herd left their nature reserve in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan Province, Southern China. Since leaving the nature reserve, the elephants have trekked over 500 kilometers.  Following the wild elephants on […]

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Hero Shepherd Saves Ultra-Marathon Runners

Hero Shepherd Saves Ultra-Marathon Runners

A Chinese shepherd from a remote region of Gansu Province has become a national hero, and made international headlines, after saving the lives of six ultra-marathon runners. The modest shepherd explained his heroic actions were simply the actions of, “an ordinary person who did a very ordinary thing.” Huanghe Shilin Mountain Marathon The heroic shepherd, Zhu Keming, rescued the six ultra-marathon runners on the afternoon […]

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Archaeological Discovery rewrites China’s history

Archaeological Discovery rewrites China’s history

An awe-inspiring archaeological find at a site in China’s Sichuan province, is forcing historians to rewrite the history of Chinese civilization. The recently unveiled discoveries of at the Sanxingdui site date from 1,200 B.C.. The treasures discovered indicate that the mysterious Shu Kingdom, which ruled the upper reaches of the Yangtze River until 316 BC, had advanced bronze crafting skills and was a highly developed civilisation.  […]

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Reluctant Russian Heartthrob Celebrates Failure

Reluctant Russian Heartthrob Celebrates Failure

This week a Russian translator and part-time model realised his dream by finally being voted off a Chinese reality television show. Vladislav Ivanov, from Vladivostok, Russia, joined the reality TV show, ‘Produce Camp 2021’ in January. Since then, he has been kept from leaving the show by viewers continually voting for him, despite his lack of enthusiasm for the contests. Following his exit from the […]

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Best Books to learn about China and Chinese Culture

Best Books to learn about China and Chinese Culture

One question we are often asked by students wishing to learn more about China is, ‘What are the best books to read about China?’ China has a very rich literary tradition dating back thousands of years, making it often difficult for readers to know where to start. To provide an entry point to China’s literature canon, we recommend the following ten books. These texts are […]

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