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April 2011 Issue | by Liu Ziqian | Hitchhiking

Thumbing the Way Home

While millions of Chinese crammed into the nation’s trains, airplanes and buses in the scramble to return home for Chinese New Year, Nanjing college student Hu Beilei instead thumbed his way almost 2,500 miles in 13 days, and has been hailed as a pioneer by a culture obsessed with individual safety

March 2011 Issue | by Sun Zhan, Chen Wei | Journey to China

Seeking the Root of Zen

Bill Porter, 65, has spent years tracking down hermits living deep in the mountains of China and has written two books on Chinese Zen practitioners, in an attempt to discover his own inner tranquility.

Photo by Sh Lang/CFP

March 2011 Issue | by Yu Xiaodong | Movie Industry

Development or Regression?

China’s box office revenue hit a record high in 2010. Yet, despite bullish profits, serious doubts remain over the industry’s long-term viability.

Photo by CFP

March 2011 Issue | by Zuo Ye | Movie Review

Bullets Fly, for Now

To people unfamiliar with Chinese history, Jiang Wen’s Let the Bullets Fly will seem an impressive mix of pitch-black humor, complex plotlines, breathtaking rhythm, violence and eroticism. To those a little more China-savvy, this cinematic feast is a metaphor for China’s politics, both modern and ancient.

February 2011 Issue | by Yuan Ye | Accessible Art

Creative Freedom

After struggling with psychological problems in the wake of the Cultural Revolution, art curator Guo Haiping has sought to explore mental illness through art, in the process founding China’s first accessible arts center, offering a new creative outlet to China’s millions of mental patients.

Photo by CFP

January 2011 Issue | by Zeng Shuai | Literature Awards

Behind the Trust Crisis

An official panel has controversially awarded a prestigious poetry prize to a so-called amateur poet and full-time government official.

Photo by Zeng Hongge

December 2010 Issue | by Yang Shiyang, Yuan Ye | Oral Histories

The Other Side of the Story

Top talk-show host Cui Yongyuan has spent the past eight years recording the reflections and memories of over 3,500 Chinese men and women in an effort to document a vanishing past.

Photo by Shepherd C. Zhou

November 2010 Issue | by Ma Jun, Chen Wei | University Politics

Beyond the Bureaucracy

In response to runaway red tape, a growing number of university presidents have begun to search for an alternative approach to education, NewsChina investigates.

All photos by Sun Xiaoxi

November 2010 Issue | by Yang Shiyang | Contemporary Arts

Constructing a New Dimension?

A recent avant-garde art show at the National Art Museum of China was the first of its kind to be staged at the museum since 1989. But what message if any did it carry?

Photo by Wang Xiaoli

November 2010 Issue | by Jack Smith | Beijing Improv

Imported Theater

Started in 2006 as an informal “playdate” for local ex-pats, Beijing Improv has become a mainstay of the underground performing arts scene in China’s capital. NewsChina investigates how this unusual group of performers has survived without sticking to the script.

October 2010 Issue | by News China Magazine

Hip-hop’s New Native Tongues

October 2010 Issue | by Yuan Ye | Mongolian Hip-Hop

From Riders to Rappers

Hip-hop has long been described as the voice of the voiceless, but, as a new group of Inner Mongolian rappers are beginning to prove, it can also provide an outlet for those whose language is under threat.

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