Maggie Greene is an assistant history professor at Montana State University, and she says the one of the things she misses most about the time she spent in China was being able to peruse second hand book shops and fairs for lianhuanhua. Lianhuanhua are essentially small, cheaply printed comic book adaptations of popular stories, but with a format associated more with picture books in the West: one image per page, with captions. Greene was primarily interested in ones based on Chinese operas, but during one such trip, she came across something quite different: a 1980 lianhuanhua based on Star Wars: A New Hope. Read More
To be clear, a human sized village. Not one for ants.
The latest development in 3d printing? Providing shelter for the homeless or refugees displaced by natural disasters or war. A small ten-residence community of cost effective homes recently sprung up in Shanghai, and thanks to 3D printing, constructing the village only took a day.Read More
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Team China: Imagination Police.
I'm no huge proponent of fanfiction, but arresting people is taking it a bit far, China. Well, for China, it really isn't. Their Internet and media in generally are broadly censored, but a new report suggests that the country's police have arrested at least 20 people for writing romantic tales starring their favorite fictional male characters.Read More
Seriously, have you ever seen a mane so fabulous?
Tibetan mastiffs are like the fluffy versions of fierce lions. Except, of course, that they're more desirable to have as a pet than actual lions because they probably won't kill you. So how high a price would you go to have this ferocious but adorable companion as a pet? $2 million maybe? that seems fair, right?Read More
Guys, I sincerely do not think we can fit all of China in Brooklyn.
If you've used the Internet to engage with other human beings, you may have noticed that it's developed its own language, because reasons. In the tradition of older generations telling younger ones they're ruining everything, the vice president of a Chinese Academy of Social Science says one Internet term will unbalance their society.Read More
Or maybe we're all falling for an elaborate Banksy prank.
Do you have revolutionary political views (GIVE PEACE A CHANCE) or a budding relationship you want to commemorate for all time? New graffiti sections on the Great Wall of China now allow you to immortalize your genius for as long as the monument may stand. No pressure.Read More
Guy Reserved Every Other Seat in a Movie Theater So Couples Couldn’t Sit Together on Valentine’s Day
Couples respond by probably just going to a different movie.
What's one to do in the face of a post-breakup Valentine's Day? Forgoing the popular "play video games alone and drink" approach, a man in Shanghai decided to reserve every other seat at a screening of Beijing Love Story so that snuggling couples wouldn't rub romance in his face... at a movie called Beijing Love Story.Read More
Why couldn't this have happened to any one of the hordes of scarier robots instead? Come on, Yutu!
We've been concerned about China's lunar rover ever since it experienced a malfunction late last month and was unable to fold up its solar panels during the cold, two week-long lunar night. After the heartfelt farewell it (kind of) left on China's Weibo social media service, it's been out of contact, but today it was officially out of commission.Read More
A couple days ago we brought you the story of China's Jade Rabbit, the little moon rover that couldn't, so Chinese authorities delivered a heartbreaking farewell address for it. Patrick Stewart and The Daily Show have combined forces to give the that brave little toaster a proper send off. With cardboard costumes. Read More
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