Chinese state media approves of YouTube star Li Ziqi
A woman from southwestern China, whose YouTube video channel celebrating rural life is followed by nearly 7.5 million people, has been hailed by state media for her role in promoting Chinese culture. Li Ziqi, 29, from Pingwu in Sichuan province, started her video blogs on traditional food and crafts three years ago after giving up city life to return to the village where she was raised by her grandparents. Li, who now looks after her grandmother, has a library of 100 videos that have been seen tens of millions of times by audiences across the world.  Supporters argue that she has done more to sell Chinese culture than the Confucius Institute, the government-backed soft power promotional org
Chinese state media approves of YouTube star Li Ziqi
Norah Yang: introducing stand-up comedy to China
As a female comedian who performs in both English and Chinese, Norah Yang is a rarity in the world of stand-up comedy. Hailing from China, she did her first show in New York in October 2019. Yang spoke to the South China Morning Post about the emerging stand-up comedy industry in China and the funny business of bringing humor with Chinese characteristics to an international audience. 
Norah Yang: introducing stand-up comedy to China
Lion dancing isn’t just a sport for boys
Growing up in Philadelphia, when Cassandra Liu wanted to join a lion dancing team in the city’s Chinatown, her mother said no. “She said it was too far and too dangerous,” Liu says. Her mother’s other big concern was that lion dancing was “a sport made for boys.” Today, the 26-year-old is living in Southern California. Not only is she a lion dancer, but she is also the captain of her troupe and is using her position to make sure that no aspiring lion dancer is ever discouraged like she was. She insists that no matter what your background or gender, you too can be a lion dancer – if you are willing to sweat. The proof of her vision is in her team: the Shaolin Entertainment Lion Dance Troupe,
Lion dancing isn’t just a sport for boys
Incredible paper gowns by Chinese folk artist
A Chinese paper-cutting master, Yang Caixia, has made nine gowns out of red paper. All the dresses are decorated with traditional lucky patterns, and have their own matching headpieces. Paper-cutting is one of the oldest traditional Chinese artforms, and declared by the United Nations as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity.
Incredible paper gowns by Chinese folk artist
Chinese traditions are no excuse for disinheriting daughters in British Columbia
The elderly Chinese immigrant came to the office of Vancouver lawyer Trevor Todd, a long-time neighbor, with plans to write his will. He brought with him his wife of 35 years – and the intention to disinherit her and their daughter, and instead leave the entire family fortune to the couple’s adult son. “I told him ‘forget it’,” said Todd last week, of the encounter 15 years ago.  Todd’s neighbor was hardly an outlier. Lawyers say sex-based disinheritance of Asian women is common in Canada, with wives and daughters sometimes “shafted” (to use Todd’s wording) by the will of a family patriarch. But the phenomenon is now under scrutiny, thanks to a high-profile multimillion-dollar court victory
Chinese traditions are no excuse for disinheriting daughters in British Columbia
Punishment for ‘unfilial’ children sparks debate over elderly care
A Chinese county’s move to punish “unfilial” people has fueled a debate over the state’s role in taking care of China’s rapidly aging population. Xunyang, one of the poorest counties in the northwestern Chinese province of Shaanxi, said last week it would punish people who fail to take good care of their elderly parents. Chinese people are customarily expected to care for their elderly parents. But the county’s plan to punish those who fail to provide financial support to their parents has triggered a backlash online. This is “the government saying it’s done caring for the elderly and the responsibility is now on the offspring,” one commentator wrote on China’s Twitter-like Weibo.  China is
Punishment for ‘unfilial’ children sparks debate over elderly care
Chinese crusader against ‘fake’ kung fu meets his worst enemy yet
In a boxing ring in northwestern China last month, controversial mixed martial arts fighter Xu Xiaodong found himself up against a kung fu master who professed the ability to paralyze an opponent with the jab of his finger. This mystical technique is sometimes called the “death touch.” But on May 18, touch was probably the last thing the kung fu master Lu Gang wanted. Xu landed punch after punch to his face. Forty seconds and one broken nose later, the fight was over. Over the past two years, 41-year-old Xu has made headlines for winning bouts against self-proclaimed masters of kung fu, or Chinese martial arts, in unusually high-profile matches. His challenge to old-school kung fu masters h
Chinese crusader against ‘fake’ kung fu meets his worst enemy yet
Chinese TV station accused of ripping off South Korean show
If you’ve never heard of Korean TV show Master in the House, here’s a summary: four famous Korean actors spending two days and one night with famous figures from various fields, the so-called “masters,” in the hope of learning from them. If you’ve never heard of Chinese TV show My Brilliant Masters, here’s a summary too: four young artists visit the homes of virtuosos in different fields to live with them and take “extracurricular classes for life, setting up positive values.” The main difference: the Korean show debuted in December 2017, while the Chinese one was first broadcast on March 30. The South Korean company behind the original series says that it’s never sold the format overseas. N
Chinese TV station accused of ripping off South Korean show
Dragon dancing in the schoolyard
The town of Longji, in China’s southwestern Guizhou province, dates back some 600 years. In an area populated primarily by ethnic minorities, Longji began life as a military garrison for the northern Han Chinese ethnic group, who were ruling the country. Now, with China’s Communist Party pushing ahead to forge a greater sense of national identity, students are learning the old ways in Longji – such as its ancient dragon dance, performed by dancers with painted faces. Xinhua photographer Ou Dongqu went to capture the lords of the dance – and the students.
Dragon dancing in the schoolyard