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Austrian writer wins China's annual foreign novel award

Austrian writer Robert Menasse's The Capital won China's prestigious foreign novel award, the 21st Century Best Foreign Novel of the Year 2018-2019 and the Zou Taofen Annual Foreign Fiction Award, which comes with a prize money of 50,000 yuan ($7,048), on Friday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/3/28 21:13:40

China's first 'Peking Opera talk show' to debut on iQIYI

Hosted by the "modern Mulan of Peking Opera" Wang Peiyu, China's first "Peking Opera talk show" See 'Yu' on Stage (Yu Ni Taishang Jian) is set to debut on Chinese streaming giant iQIYI on Friday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/3/26 19:26:45

Netizens in China amazed to learn charts of UK's COVID-19 cases being produced by Chinese student in Britain

Chinese netizens expressed their amazement online after it was revealed that the daily charts tracking the increase in novel coronavirus cases in the UK were being uploaded by a Chinese student studying in the UK rather than the country's own government authorities.
Source: Global Times | 2020/3/26 18:39:27

Chinese restaurants around the world struggle to survive amid COVID-19 pandemic

Many Chinese restaurants around the world, including in the US, Italy and Iran, are suffering amid the COVID pandemic both due to a decrease in customers due to the virus and rising discrimination. Some restaurant owners have decided to abandon their businesses, while others are finding various means to adapt to the crisis.
Source: Global Times | 2020/3/26 17:20:57

Finish your mojito, we are closed: tourists scramble to leave Cuba

Nesmi Orslom relished his Cuba vacation to the very end: "In every city that we went, to every bar to have a drink, we always ordered a pina colada or a mojito!"
Source: AFP | 2020/3/26 16:13:40

Chinese adaptation of BL web novel promotes China's traditional Peking Opera

Chinese web drama Winter Begonia, an adaptation of a popular Boys' Love (BL) web novel, has earned high marks among TV viewers in China for its efforts to promote the traditional culture of Peking Opera.
Source: Global Times | 2020/3/26 16:03:42

Travel goes virtual in coronavirus-confined state of California

"Here is the ocean, everybody!" announced Adam Duford, as his guided tour of Santa Monica arrived at the world-famous beach.
Source: AFP | 2020/3/26 16:03:41

Tourism industry picks up as COVID-19 outbreak subsides

Spring is in the air, so is the battered tourism industry as the COVID-19 epidemic recedes in China. Many scenic spots in regions with low risk have reopened to tourists, bringing dawn and hope to the hard-hit industry.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/3/26 16:03:40

Apocalypse delayed? 'Walking Dead' finale postponed by virus

When will this apocalypse finally be over?
Source: AFP | 2020/3/26 15:48:41

Social media sees virus solidarity bloom in UK

Help groups on social media are connecting people with those most in need during the coronavirus lockdown, fostering a community spirit often neglected in the capital's fast-paced life.
Source: AFP | 2020/3/26 15:13:40

Partying moves online in Cuba amid COVID-19 outbreak

Yasmany Quintero, 16, is a typical adolescent eagerly planning his upcoming birthday party in the Vibora Park district of Cuba's capital Havana, where he lives with his mother and grandmother.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/3/26 6:33:40

Chinese woman working in New York travelled 42 hours to China, wishing to see the last face of her dying father

In early March, the state of the COVID-19 epidemic in China was already improving, but the state of Sun Ling's father, who had been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, was growing increasingly severe. Deciding she didn't want to have any regrets, Sun, a young woman who works as a senior software engineer in New York, set forth on a 42-hour trip from New York in the US to her home in Loudi city, Central China's Hunan Province so she could see her father's face one more time before he passed.
Source: Global Times | 2020/3/25 23:08:40

'Avengers' won't save Chinese box office, but May Day holiday will

As the rest of the world shuts down their cinemas due to the threat of COVID-19, all four of Marvel's Avengers movies are set to be re-released on Thursday in the Chinese mainland as cinemas begin reopening their doors.
Source: Global Times | 2020/3/25 18:08:41

In Houston, restaurant staff face unemployment – or risky gigs

Until last week, Ashlyne Collins worked as a bartender at a restaurant in Houston. But the coronavirus epidemic has shut the place down and the 22-year-old is out of work.
Source: AFP | 2020/3/25 18:03:40

Chinese-American comedian Joe Wong speaks up against racism amid COVID-19

US President Donald Trump's use of the term "Chinese virus" when referring to COVID-19 has been followed by an increase in virus-related racist and xenophobic attacks targeting Asian Americans. Chinese-American comedian Joe Wong has been fighting such racism and he does not plan to stop.
Source: Global Times | 2020/3/25 16:13:41

'Asterix' co-creator Albert Uderzo dies at 92

Albert Uderzo, the playful French illustrator behind the magic potion-swigging comic book hero Asterix the Gaul whose adventures fighting the Roman legions have enthralled readers of all ages around the world, died overnight aged 92, his family said Tuesday.
Source: AFP | 2020/3/25 16:13:40

Serbian Embassy's 'spelling mistake,' former Yugoslavian films go viral in China

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Serbia has become a trending topic on China's Twitter-like Sina Weibo. One popular hashtag in particular stemmed from a post about Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic greeting Chinese doctors who arrived in Serbia to support the country's fight against the virus and kissing the Chinese national flag to show his gratitude.
Source: Global Times | 2020/3/24 17:08:40

Actor Tom Hanks 'better' after virus quarantine Down Under

Hollywood megastar Tom Hanks said he and his wife Rita Wilson were on the mend Monday, after two weeks in hospital and self-isolation with the coronavirus.
Source: AFP | 2020/3/24 16:58:41