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The Lunar New Year and China’s New Year Movies

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Author:Verbena C. W,Elaine Yang,Kitten Wang Translator:Yuzhi Yang   The Lunar New Year is the most festive and happy occasion for Chinese around the globe. The holiday is as important in China as Christmas is in Europe and America, in fact, the celebration during this time is more elaborate than the holiday atmosphere shown in Bad … Read More

Decoding Fantasy the Chinese Way (6)

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Author:Verbena C. W,Elaine Yang,Kitten Wang Translator:Yuzhi Yang   Magicians are a mainstay in fantasy movies, novels, and games around the world. They have the power to control mysterious forces. Because of their unique roles and supernatural abilities, they’re sometimes called wizards, fortune-tellers, prophets, etc. In the last two years, movies with magical or fantasy themes … Read More

A Chinese Comedy Breaking All Barriers

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Author:Verbena C. W,Elaine Yang Translator:Yuzhi Yang   “Donkeys are animals, so are humans.” This has become the most popular online saying in 2016. Even more incredible, the words came from an obscure comedy, Mr. Donkey, which has no major stars, no big budget, and no elaborate promotion. Mr. Donkey is set during the Republic of … Read More

Online Chinese Literature — (8)Opportunities and Challenges

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Author:Verbena C. W,Elaine Yang Translator:Gaines Post   On March 22nd, 2013, Chinese online author Nanpai Sanshu, who made his name writing The Grave robber’s Chronicles, published the following statement on his Sina blog: “I have decided not to create any more works of literature from now on. I will still retain the pen name Nanpai … Read More

Decoding Fantasy the Chinese Way (5)

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Author:Verbena C. W,Elaine Yang Translator:Yuzhi Yang   In Western fantasy novels and movies, species are a common way to differentiate between supernatural beings such as spirits, vampires, werewolves, etc. Their distinctive looks and varied personalities are very appealing to readers. After the audience watch a Chinese fantasy show, however, they will realize that in addition … Read More

Online Chinese Literature — (7)The Wireless Age

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Author:Verbena C. W,Elaine Yang Translator:Gaines Post   Qidian.com kicked off the “Platinum Era” of Chinese online literature by launching a group of online novelists into fame. By 2007, every major web portal was vying to sign all sorts of professional authors, and attracted by the chance to pay authors to write books for them, many … Read More

Online Chinese Literature — (6)The Platinum Age

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Author:Verbena C. W,Elaine Yang Translator:Gaines Post   With the advent of the “Iron Age” of Chinese online literature in 2004, VIP reading fees for online novels caused Qidian.com, the largest book portal of note at the time, to rake in an unprecedented income. However, because too many novel contracts were signed, the vast majority of … Read More

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