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SpongeBob 'coming out' tweet sparks discussion in China

Nickelodeon, the home of popular animated show SpongeBob SquarePants, tweeted a photo of the titular character alongside the channel's other major LGBTQ+ characters on Saturday to celebrate Pride Month. The show of support has been seen as a "coming out" of sorts, which in turn sparked discussion on China social media.
Source: Global Times | 2020/6/16 16:48:41

SpongeBob SquarePants' 'coming out' tweet sparks discussion on Chinese social media

Nickelodeon, the home of popular animated show SpongeBob SquarePants, tweeted a photo of the titular character alongside the channel's other major LGBTQ+ characters on Saturday to celebrate Pride Month. The show of support has been seen as a "coming out" of sorts, which in turn sparked discussion on China social media.
Source: Global Times | 2020/6/15 16:28:40

Chinese anime fans dismayed as 45 Japanese animanted films and TV works delayed, call for move from traditional hand-drawn animation to 3D digital

Chinese netizens expressed their dismay after news that a total of 45 upcoming Japanese animated films or TV shows have been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some have proposed that the industry would benefit from transitioning from traditional hand-drawn animation to digital animation.
Source: Global Times | 2020/6/11 19:27:46

Cate Blanchett reveals chainsaw accident at UK home in talk with former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard

Double Oscar winner Cate Blanchett has revealed she had a lucky escape after suffering a cut to the head following a chainsaw accident while staying at her home in southern England due to COVID-19.
Source: AFP | 2020/6/7 18:38:40

Western audiences embrace Tang Dynasty poet documentary

British historian Michael Wood's latest documentary has successfully brought a Tang Dynasty (618-907) poet to Western audiences for the first time as mutual understanding remains a top priority amid the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: Globaltimes.cn | 2020/6/5 7:02:39

TV series 'The Romance of Tiger and Rose' tackles gender inequality by flipping the script on Chinese period dramas

Chinese online costume drama The Romance of Tiger and Rose has gained a considerable following among Chinese netizens with its creative and romantic plotlines which have tackled some hot social topics such as gender equality, low birthrate and women's rights.
Source: Global Times | 2020/6/2 17:53:41

Burberry enters into cooperation with Chinese reality show to reach younger demographic and boost struggling revenue, signaling new trend

British luxury brand Burberry will cooperate with popular Chinese web reality show Street Dance of China Season 3 to better cater to youth culture in an attempt to inject some life in its dropping revenue amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: Globaltimes.cn | 2020/5/31 22:19:04

Finale of China's hit idol competition show 'Youth With You' season two takes social media by storm around the world

The final episode of China's hit variety show Youth With You Season 2 swept the trending lists on multiple social media platforms at home and abroad after it was broadcast live on Saturday night.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/31 17:03:41

HBO throws out rulebook with streaming launch

Decades before glossy Netflix and Amazon shows began luring Hollywood A-listers to the small screen, cable network HBO helped invent premium television.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/26 17:18:41

Japan female wrestler cast in 'Terrace House' passes away at 22

Hana Kimura, a female professional wrestler who was among the cast of the popular Japanese reality series Terrace House, died Saturday at 22, her wrestling organization said, after she reportedly faced online bullying.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/24 16:43:41

'My Dear Lady' releases on Sohu TV

The 16-episode streaming drama My Dear Lady, starring Jiang Mengjie, Mi Lu and Li Qingtian, landed on Chinese streaming site Sohu TV on Thursday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/24 14:03:09

Virus trips up US soap opera 'General Hospital,' 57 years on

Will Michael get full custody of his son Wiley? Will Sasha's romantic woes lead her down the road to addiction? Will Sonny and Julian battle it out once again?
Source: AFP | 2020/5/21 17:43:40

Chinese fans confess their love for same-sex couples in Thai BL dramas on China's 'I Love You' Day

In Chinese pronunciations, the numbers 5, 2, 0 sound like the phrase wo ai ni, or "I love you." This has led to May 20, or 5/20, to become a holiday in China similar to Valentine's Day in the West. This year, the day fell on Wednesday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/20 16:23:40

Chinese TV drama series deepen cultural ties with Kenya

George Obara's fascination with Chinese culture dates back three decades ago when he studied computer engineering in the Asian country at a time when it was a rare honor to pursue education in a foreign land.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/13 18:38:43

Netizens in China wary about Chinese adaptation of popular Norwegian web series 'Skam'

The Chinese remake of Norwegian web series Skam, which has been adapted in eight countries, will start shooting in July. The news has sparked controversy among Chinese netizens, many of whom have said they are against the adaptation.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/12 15:53:40

China's history academy cautions students over celebrity worship

A primary school teacher in East China's Jiangsu Province was suspended on Monday for instructing her students to appear in a short video in support of a Chinese actor, triggering controversy on the Chinese internet.
Source: Globaltimes.cn | 2020/5/12 3:11:14

Chinese, Indian artists and scholars celebrate iconic literati's 159th birthday

Seventy-nine years after his demise, Nobel laureate and multi-faceted polymath Rabindranath Tagore's creations continue to capture hearts with his belief in an international and borderless world. This ethos is clearly reflected in a collaborative micro-documentary as scholars and students from across the globe, including China, came together to commemorate the 159th anniversary of Tagore's birth.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/11 17:40:49

'CHUANG 2020' a hit after opening with a 7.1/10 on Douban

Chinese reality show Chuang 2020 has become a hit since its debut on May 2. The show opened with a 7.1/10 on Chinese media review site Douban as well as kicked off a number of trending topics about the show on social media.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/11 14:14:38