For those of you too busy to check in on the RADII website every day, we’ve got you every Tuesday with a summary of all we got on China’s youth culture from the last week. In this edition:
- Bilibili’s ‘The Three-Body Problem’ received over 100 million views on its first day, although it has only scored 6.5/10 on the Chinese rating platform Douban.
- Amid the social media era, young Chinese entrepreneurs have begun infiltrating overseas markets via Instagram.
- From January 10, 2023, all unverified AI-generated media will join the ranks of pornography and gambling — banned from the Chinese internet.
- The 17-year-old student’s digital designs unexpectedly caught the attention of Xu Yangyuzhuo from the Chinese idol girl group SNH48.
Intrigued? Keep scrolling, my friend.
On December 10, the first two episodes of the long-awaited animated adaption of celebrated sci-fi author Liu Cixin’s novel The Three-Body Problem finally dropped on Bilibili, one of China’s top streaming platforms, after five years of work.
The series, which will span a total of 15 entries, saw its third episode debut online on December 17.
Produced by the Chinese animation studio YHKT Entertainment, the series’ first three episodes have been watched by millions of sci-fi lovers and — so far — the reception is mixed.
While some viewers claim the series doesn’t live up to the book, many fans still applauded the animation for adhering to the original story and its fast-paced narration. Extra details and explanations are added so first-time viewers can follow the plot.
A new women-only gym in Central China’s Henan province has got millions of netizens talking about ‘gymtimidation,’ harassment, and gender inclusion.
On December 8, a women-only gym opened in the country’s central Henan province and quickly became a trending topic on the Chinese microblogging platform Weibo. At the time of writing, a related hashtag had generated 150 million views.
“Gyms exclusively for women give ladies more freedom, and they can wear whatever they want. My intention was to encourage more girls to know and fall in love with fitness and meet more like-minded friends,” one of the two female founders told a Chinese media outlet.
It is not the first female-only fitness club in China, however. Thousands of posts pop up when searching ‘women’s gym’ on China’s Instagram-like platform Xiaohongshu.
Such facilities have mushroomed across the country in recent years, including in metropolises like Beijing and Shanghai and lesser-known cities (in the West, anyway) such as Qingdao, Tianjin, Wenzhou, Shantou, Shenzhou, and Shenyang.
Many feature social media-worthy interior design, skincare and makeup products, and workout classes more friendly to women.
Hometown of China's spiciest food and internationally known rappers such as Higher Brothers, Chengdu has come to be known as China’s hip hop capital.
Wedged between Tibet, Qinghai, Yunnan, and Gansu, the city is a melting pot of cultures, all reflected in the local music scene. What’s more, Chengdu’s famous laid-back atmosphere has also fostered a vibrant community of musicians who infuse hip hop beats with the vibrant and colorful local dialect.
Chengdu-based producers and rappers like Step.Jad, Xia Zhiyu, Eddie Beatz, and Shark.fin explain how eclectic sounds from funk, R&B, jazz, and trap converge in their music, and how hip hop has blended in with the life and culture of local Chengdu youth.
- Pranksters who love duping their friends or members of the public with AI-generated videos or deepfake images had better do so before the turn of the year.
- The data from the Trip.com Group says it all: Chinese people are desperate to travel again.
- Inspired by a real crime, director Yu Shen’s drama about a mother-daughter duo who commit murder interweaves themes such as abandonment, alienation, and morality.
- Chinese pop star Chris Lee and renowned German composer Hans Zimmer partnered for a promotional song for the China release of ‘Frozen Planet II’.