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Chinese Actors Don’t Have to Settle for Hollywood’s Racism Anymore

With meatier roles and bigger paydays than ever back in China, A-list Chinese actors are no longer willing to settle for the uninteresting bit parts that Hollywood wants to give them.

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Things We Saw Today: The Long-Hidden Secret to Defeating Big Boos in Super Mario World

Apparently, there was a way to defeat Big Boos all along. We had no idea.

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Chinese Kids Brilliantly Bring Mulan‘s “Bring Honor to Us All” to Life

This video of some young Chinese kids re-enacting the "Bring Honor to Us All" song sequence from Mulan is exactly what your morning needs.

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Feminism Around the World: Jin Xing, China’s Most Popular TV Personality, Is An Icon Who Happens to Be Transgender

Meet the most popular television personality that you've likely never heard of. Jin Xing is China's biggest television icon, and has been called "the Oprah of China."

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Feminism Around the World: 21 Nigerian Girls Kidnapped by Boko Haram Released…Only to Deal With Sexist Shaming at Home

Back in 2014, a militant Islamic fundamentalist group called Boko Haram kidnapped 276 schoolgirls from a school in Chibok, Nigeria. Fifty-seven of them escaped within hours of being captured, and one additional girl was rescued in May. Sadly, about six died in captivity, leaving just over 210 girls remaining. Last week, Nigerian officials, in conjunction with international mediators, negotiated the release of 21 girls, who were finally reunited with their families after two and a half years.

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Smartphones for Women Are Apparently Smaller, Pinker, and More Hexagonal

The Keecoo K1 is a smartphone made for women. I'm not just extrapolating that based on the pink hues, the gem-shaped case, or the makeup surrounding the phones in this advertisement. I'm basing it on the actual about page for the phone, which explicitly says that the phone is "for women."

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Largest-Ever Radio Telescope Fully Installed and Ready* to Search for Aliens

*After some debugging.

SETI has long been the face of the search for extraterrestrial life, but as that search continues to come up empty, others are getting in on the game with continually larger radio telescopes to search for E.T. phoning home. Now, China has finished the installation of the world's largest radio telescope—almost twice the size of the next-largest and ready to fund us some aliens just in time for Independence Day.

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What to Make of Zootopia’s Popularity and Critique in China

Zootopia is an accessible and incredibly timely movie, a fact that seems to resonate with both its fans and its critics. Bloomberg reports that Zootopia overtook Kung Fu Panda 3 as the highest-grossing cartoon in China since its release on March 4th.

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SK-II Commercial Celebrates the Independence of China’s “Leftover Women”

In China, there's a lot of pressure for women to get married before they turn 27. Women who stay single are labelled "Sheng Nu," or "leftover women."

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Deadpool Won’t Be Showing in Uzbekistan, Nobody Tell Deadpool

All the theaters in Uzbekistan have refused to screen Deadpool in theaters based on "ethical" grounds.

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Chinese Pop Star Lu Han Released This Song About The Force Awakens

The Force Awakens doesn't come out in China until this Saturday, and in an effort to drum up excitement about it, Chinese pop star Lu Han has just released a song about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, featuring himself as a Jedi.

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Chinese University Faces Backlash For Female-Only Abstinence Pledge

A Chinese college in Xi'an has been facing some scrutiny and criticism for having a "No Regrets Youth" course that uses a "commitment card" where students promise to "refuse all kinds of premarital intercourse."

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China Has Ended Its One-Child Policy; Now Has a Two-Child Policy

For thirty-six years, China has fought overpopulation by enforcing a controversial one-child policy for families living in cities. Families who had more than one child in Chinese cities were penalized with heavy fines, and even forced abortions. This week, China has changed that policy.

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Stan Lee Global Entertainment Delivers Their First Chinese Female Superhero Lead in the Upcoming Realm

Stan Lee Global Entertainment is set to debut Lee's first Chinese female superhero, skipping over comics and going straight to film in the upcoming Realm.

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Things We Saw Today: John Boyega’s FULL Reaction to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer

The Force is strong with him.

Boyega already gave us a glimpse of his reaction to the Force Awakens trailer via his Instagram, but now you can watch him watch the trailer in its entirety on his Facebook page. As explosive as his reaction is, it's the build-up as he watches that really makes it worth it. Also, I don't know whom he's with, but I love that he and that other dude were totally bro-ing out afterwards!

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Chinese Lady Scientist Among Winners of Nobel Prize in Medicine, Making History

Oh yeah, and some dudes won, too.

It seems that Women in STEM have a lot to celebrate today! The winners of this year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine were announced earlier today, and there is a brilliant lady scientist from China among them!

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Things We Saw Today: China’s Real Life Version of Doraemon… Real Cats!

Check out this incredibly rad group of people who dropped by Google's offices to talk about online abuse.

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The Beijing Winter Olympics Song Sounds a Lot Like Frozen‘s ”Let It Go”

Let it go(ld)?

Several Chinese internet users have begun to point out that the Beijing 2022 Olympic theme song sounds a whole lot like Frozen's famous ballad, "Let It Go." The tinkly piano intro, the choruses' crescendo, the instrumentation, the tempo, the wintry lyrics, the fact that both songs are in the exact same key ... the similarities are undeniable.

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China Lifts Game Console Ban After 15 Years

With some unfortunate qualifiers.

After 15 years, China has finally lifted its ban on console games! Back in 2000, China banned the manufacturing and sale of video game consoles, claiming that video games would be physically and mentally detrimental to children.

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Twilight‘s Catherine Hardwicke to Direct Big-Budget Romance Epic Set in China

I wanted to be happy for Hardwicke when it was announced she'd direct a $50 million budget female-led romance epic. After all, that's huge deal in an industry that so strongly favors men. Lots of the Twilight cast have gone on to do pretty cool stuff, maybe it'll be the same for Hardwicke. However, after reading about the premise of the film I have to say my feelings are pretty mixed.

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