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The Timeless Story of Sun Wukong, the Monkey King

One of the most famous Chinese legends concerns the Monkey King, or Sun Wukong, known to the Chinese as a character from Journey to the West, one of China’s classic novels. The Monkey King created havoc in Heaven, and even the celestial warriors couldn’t subdue him. With the help of Lord Lao Zi and the God Erlang Sheng, the best […]

SBS to Temporarily Stop Airing China Central Television (CTTV)

The Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), a hybrid-funded Australian public service broadcaster, has said it is going to stop its regular broadcasts of China Central Television (CTTV). This development took place after a human rights group pointed out that the broadcaster was airing possibly forced confessions. SBS has taken note of the allegation and stated that […]

Watch This Classic Russian Animation: ‘Hedgehog in the Fog’

Yuri Norstein’s 1975 Hedgehog in the Fog is one of the greatest lyrical stop-motion animated shorts to come out of Russia. The film is loaded with atmosphere, a unique soundscape, and is based on a Sergey Kozlov folktale of the same title. Kozlov, a much-loved Russian children’s writer is known for his bedtime stories, which also keep parents enchanted. […]

Tom Cruise TikTok Deep Fakes Are Foreshadowing a Black Mirror Future

A series of videos appearing on Chinese Communist Party (CCP)-controlled social media app Tiktok this week showing famous actor Tom Cruise doing a magic trick, taking a golf swing, and talking about Mikheil Gorbachev appear to be deep fakes. The TikTok account DeepTomCruise? has only three videos posted, but has amassed 1.1 million likes and […]

‘Beautiful Red Flower’: A Captivating Chinese Folk Song for Lunar New Year

In February 2015, the bluegrass duo of Abigail Washburn and Béla Fleck, who have a deep appreciation of Chinese culture, gifted the world for the Lunar New Year with a cover of a traditional Chinese Folk song called Hao Hua (Beautiful Red Flower) — but like you’ve never heard it before, being accompanied by a banjo instead of […]

Famous Chinese Actress Shocks the Country With Surrogacy Scandal

Zheng Shuang, one of China’s most popular actresses, is caught up in a surrogacy scandal after she and her boyfriend abandoned two babies while the surrogate mothers they hired were still carrying them. Since shooting to fame over a decade ago, Zheng Shuang has been one of China’s most popular actresses. Zheng rose to fame […]

The Genius of Buster Keaton: Perfecting the ‘Art of the Gag’

Buster Keaton was one of the founding fathers of visual comedy. It’s been over 100 years since he first appeared onscreen, and there is still so much we can learn from him. In this video essay by Tony Zhou, through his old but informative channel Every Frame a Painting, he explores the artistry and thought behind Keaton’s gags. […]

18,000-Year-Old Seashell Is the Oldest Manmade Wind Instrument of Its Type

Almost 80 years after its discovery, a large seashell from the ornate Marsoulas Cave in the Pyrenees has been studied by a multidisciplinary team from the CNRS, the Muséum de Toulouse, the Université Toulouse — Jean Jaurès and the Musée du quai Branly — Jacques-Chirac. They believe it is the oldest wind instrument of its […]

Actress Gina Carano Denounced and Removed by Lucasfilm for Expressing Conservative Views

Lucasfilm has publicly stated that actress Gina Carano from the Disney+ streaming series “The Mandalorian,” will not be appearing in any future series. The film company has claimed that her social media posts expressing her conservative views are abhorrent and unacceptable.  A Lucasfilm spokesperson in a statement: “Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilms […]

Social Media Censors Professor’s Book on Toxic Feminism

Carrie Gress is a mother of five, holds a Ph.D., and is a Catholic professor at Pontifex University. She is the author of the recently published book The Anti-Mary Exposed: Rescuing the Culture from Toxic Femininity. Yet her book on toxic feminism was censored on social media. In the book, Gress explores the “Anti-Mary” concept — […]

10 Eclectic Valentine’s Day Movies

Whether or not you celebrate Valentine’s Day, it’s nice to pause and appreciate L-O-V-E. It doesn’t have to be with the love of your life, but lucky you if it is. So on this Valentines’s Day, you can go for a nature walk with some friends you love. Take your dog for a long walk on the beach. […]

Chinese Pianist Fou Ts’ong Dies From COVID-19

World-famous Chinese pianist Fou Ts'ong, known as the "Piano Poet," has died from COVID-19, leaving a hole in the world of classical music. He...

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