Tom Pang's blend of bluegrass and traditional Mongolian music has gained him much attention in the Shanghai music scene. Though Pang wasn't the first to come up with the idea, his affinity for bluegrass and his Mongolian heritage make him a natural fit for the hybrid genre.
Central Asia has long been the focus of tense geopolitical battles between world powers. The latest one started more than a decade ago, when the United States turned the region into a primary staging ground for its war in Afghanistan. A three-way struggle has since emerged between the U.S., China and Russia.
Earlier this year, Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng escaped house arrest in China and eventually made it to the United States. In his first national broadcast interview since arriving in New York City, Chen talks with The Takeaway about his campaign to improve disability rights in China.
A Korean man who went to grad school at Stanford has started and sold several companies in the United States and Japan. But in his search for the next big opportunity, he's transplanted himself to China, where he's expecting a boom in innovation.
Digital technologies in China have changed more than the way people communicate. They've also helped shape a new digital language that has jumped from text messages and chat rooms into everyday life.
As Hong Kong chafes under increased pressure from the mainland Chinese government, a city that was once viewed as apolitical and commercially oriented has found its political voice. Over the weekend, there was a huge protest and the Chinese government is worried about it spreading to mainland citizens.
Chinese law requires most of its buildings to come complete with bomb shelters. Now, as the threat of war has subsided and China's prosperity has skyrocketed, many of those bomb shelters, old and new, are being turned to more peaceful, and profitable, endeavors.
When Shanghai was preparing to host the Expo in 2010, a number of apartment buildings were cleared to make way for new facilities. But at least some of those who lost their jobs didn't receive compensation, they say, nor were they relocated to new homes. They're pushing back and demanding answers.
On the 23rd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Protests, also known in China as the June Fourth Incident, artists and activists are working to keep memories of that day alive. At the same time, the Chinese government is intent on silencing stories from Tiananmen.
The Chinese demand for new cars is changing the way top vehicle manufacturers develop their products. Ever since China surpassed the U.S. in auto sales back in 2010, automakers have turned their attention east.