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Is Xi’s Wife a New Kind of First Lady?

NPR's Louisa Lim profiles Peng Liyuan - the wife of new Chinese leader Xi Jinping, one of China's most famous singers, and an AIDS activist - and explores whether she will pull out of the public spotlight now that her husband...

China’s Gangnam Style & the K-Pop War Machine

After the death of Apple founder Steve Jobs a year ago today, some in China pondered the country's failure to produce a similarly iconic business leader. The Ningbo city government even launched a program aimed at building "an...

Shanghai Michael Jackson 1 Minute Memorial Event

Yesterday in Shanghai, fans held a one-minute memorial for Michael Jackson. From the announcement for the event, via chinaSMACK: 7:00 sharp, the music will begin and during this time, no matter if you where you are, please stop...

China Reacts to Death of Michael Jackson

As news about the death of Michael Jackson broke and mourners overwhelmed websites around the globe, the story was also top news on sites in China. chinaSMACK translates reactions of Chinese netizens: 新浪上海网友: Pathetic...

Video: Sa Dingding Wins the BBC World Music Prize

A Sanskirt spoken Beijing girl, Sa Dingding won the BBC World Music (Asia/Pacific) prize for her cross-culture music. This is London leads: “I'm a Chinese girl and I love my country’s culture,” said Sa Dingding, accepting her...

Pop Saves Hong Kong – Benedict Leung

From Tofu Magazine: When we see the generalised merchandising of words, things, bodies and souls, communication technology, now more than ever, plays a central ideological role in silencing thought. In this new age of alienation, the increasing use of pop stars by the media and in advertising illustrates this debasing process. Pop star culture is […]

Clayton Hirst: From Britney to Brit pop to Beijing

From the Independent: The former managing director of the Zomba record label will head a newly created office in Beijing, partly funded by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). UK Music Services will act as a point of contact for independent UK music companies wanting to break acts in China. The Government is keen […]

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