Pollution in China: Precious art from toxic waste

 •  July 17

In 2013, Beijing saw a mere 25 days of ‘good’ air quality. The readings, with ‘good’ defined by US standards, demonstrate the single most...

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A shark cull divides a nation

 •  April 9

Elyse Frankcom was diving with dolphins in the vast waters of Western Australia when she felt the jaws of a great white shark clamp around her...

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Mass Games: The greatest show in North Korea?

 •  March 5

North Korea’s Mass Games is an annual spectacle that combines sumptuous theatricality with state worship. It’s Cirque du Soleil on steroids,...

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Will North Korean films ever be more than propaganda?

 •  February 25

Sugar-coated propaganda films are popular in North Korea – but they gloss over reality. Could things be changing? Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore...

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Is ‘Chinawood’ the new Hollywood?

 •  February 10

The world’s largest film studio isn’t in the US but in China and is one of the country’s biggest tourist attractions. Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore...

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Future Cinema: Where the audience is the star

 •  January 7

Immersive events that transform cinema-goers into participants have become popular nights out in London. BBC Culture’s Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore...

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How China distorts its minorities through propaganda

 •  December 16

The People’s Republic wants Tibetans and Uyghurs to sing and dance on TV – but do little else. Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore reveals how the...

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Graffiti tests the limits of free expression in China

 •  December 6

A tiny street art culture is taking root in Beijing, adding a splash of colour in a grey, authoritarian city. Clarissa Sebag Montefiore...

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Show-stopping private museums in China

 •  November 25

A new wave of galleries is sweeping across China to hold vast collections of art. What’s behind this trend? Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore...

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Why piano-mania grips China’s children

 •  October 22

In Mao’s China, pianos were destroyed as despised symbols of the bourgeoisie – but now an estimated 40m children are learning the instrument....

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