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May 2016 Issue | by Wen Tianyi | Xu Bing

Dragonfly Eyes

Prominent visual artist Xu Bing’s first feature film is composed solely of footage from China’s millions of surveillance cameras, altering viewers’ concepts of reality and showing them just how often they are being watched

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March 2016 Issue | by Wen Tianyi | Lu Qi


Best-selling self-help author and blogger Lu Qi has made a career out of preaching relationship advice to Chinese women. How did this self-proclaimed feminist become the country’s resident expert on love?

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March 2016 Issue | by Wen Tianyi | Xu Lei


Despite being one of China’s most successful and well-paid authors, Xu Lei, who writes under the pen name Nanpai Sanshu, struggles to balance celebrity with a deep-seated need to escape from reality

Illustration by Leng Bingchuan

January 2016 Issue | by Wen Tianyi | Eileen Chang

Closing the Book

Two decades after her death, Eileen Chang remains one of China’s legendary modern writers. The recent release of new versions of two of her manuscripts makes the author’s oeuvre complete at last on the Chinese mainland

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December 2015 Issue | by Wen Tianyi, Yuan Ye | Jia Zhangke

“Love is Like Tapas”

Director Jia Zhangke meets with NewsChina to reveal the story behind his latest work Mountains May Depart prior to its theatrical release

August 2015 Issue | by Wen Tianyi, Yuan Ye | Hengdian Extras

A Dream Come True

In his latest film, Hong Kong director and “social observer” Derek Yee edges closer to reality by casting no-name extras as themselves. The movie follows them as they pursue their acting dreams in Hengdian, otherwise known as “China’s Hollywood”

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July 2015 Issue | by Wen Tianyi | Lost Documentary

Reel Resurrection

Kukan, a documentary about China’s resistance against Japan during World War II, produced by Chinese-American Ling’ai Li and shot by American journalist Rey Scott, won an Academy Award in 1942, before being lost, seemingly forever. 70 years later, Robin Lung, another Chinese-American, located the only copy and facilitated its re-release. NewsChina looks into the story of the documentary and the people behind it

March 2015 Issue | by Wen Tianyi, Yuan Ye | Interview

Jiang Wen: ‘The most important thing is to have something to say, even if you don’t speak well’

The release of Jiang Wen’s latest work Gone with the Bullets once again saw China’s superstar director singled out for praise and criticism in equal measure. NewsChina met with Jiang to discuss his ideas, his goals and how he deals with critics

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