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Discovering Ding Zhen: Influencer Culture And The Myth Of Tibet In Chinese Social Media

September 15, 2021

In November 2020, a seven-second, casually-shot video by Chinese photographer Boge, which captured the ‘shy smile’ of Tenzin Tsondu, now better known as “Ding Zhen” in Mandarin, went viral on Douyin (Chinese TikTok). Almost overnight, the short video made Tenzing into China’s latest social media sensation.

Pandemics And Pandas: China’s Global Image In 2021

September 15, 2021

Pandas at the San Diego Zoo, the 2008 Olympics Games and Chinese state media on Youtube all have one thing in common: they are displays of Chinese “soft power” that aim to foster positive views of China among foreigners. These are only a few high-profile examples of a campaign to challenge existing perceptions about China and win hearts and minds around the world.

Pangolins And A Pandemic: The Evolving Chinese Wildlife Trade

August 18, 2021

This article offers a look at China's lucrative wildlife trafficking industry and how the pandemic is driving demand.

Say Yes To The West: Globalization Of The Qipao

August 18, 2021

Chinese dresses like the qipao or cheongsam have become global fashion icons and proliferated into western clothing stores. The spread of these garments and the culture they represent begs certain questions about the authenticity of modern qipao and what it means to appreciate a culture rather than appropriate it.

During Pandemic, Mother Daughter Movie Achieves Immense Success

May 21, 2021

In a difficult year, Chinese actress Jia Ling has produced a grand cinematic success: one that appeals to the young and old, and one which bridges the divide between traditional and modern Chinese values.

As China Bars Reporters, Taiwan Emerges As A Journalist Hub

May 21, 2021

In early 2020, a series of escalations in media restrictions between China and the United States caught foreign journalists in a diplomatic crossfire. Reporters who moved to Taiwan following the initial expulsions in the U.S.-China media standoff have accelerated a trend that already existed.

Audrey Tang: Taiwan’s Digital Minister On Harnessing Technology For Social Good

March 11, 2021

US-China Today sat down with Audrey Tang to speak about her identity as an illustrious young programmer turned government official, her optimism about technology’s ability to ameliorate social ills, and her thoughts about politics in a polarized world.