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  • Live-streaming apps are fuelling fame in China
  • Live-streaming apps are fuelling fame in China
    Terry Chapman (2015) ©

Live-streaming apps are fuelling fame in China

In China, people are using their smartphones to stream themselves doing anything and everything – from cooking and eating dinner to singing karaoke. The craze is fuelling a new wave of online celebrity – and even movie stars are jumping on the bandwagon.



  • Chinese streaming sites are getting censored Chinese streaming sites are getting censored

    Famous for its strict censorship laws, the Chinese government is now set on banning 'erotic' banana eating from increasingly popular live-streaming sites. The likes of Douyu, Panda.tv, YY, Zhanqi TV and Huya have come under fire for hosting content that it claims is 'harming social morality'.

  • Article image Youku Tudou: streaming video from behind the Great Firewall

    China’s Golden Shield Project – or the ‘Great Firewall’ – has long posed problems for video moguls looking to please domestic audiences. But with new regulations tightening censorship even further, how are media sites staying relevant in an increasingly crowded and insular market?

  • Article image Monster Hunt: China's beastly summer blockbuster

    While Jurassic World dominated screens in the US, a very different beast was making its mark in Chinese cinemas. Monster Hunt, the story of Wuba, a cute, adorable ‘monster’ born to be king, became the highest grossing Chinese movie of all time. What’s driving people to cinemas? And could the domestic industry ever rival Hollywood?

  • Article image YY.com: an online peep show for China‚Äôs single men

    China’s lonely single men are fuelling its ‘hormone industries’, finding an outlet for their desires in anime, social networks, and games that hint at sex. YY is China’s top video cam karaoke site – but is it for playful teens, or the next stage in China’s faux-coy hook-up culture?