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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Global Popular Culture: Chinese Studies

A guide to popular culture materials and scholarship from around the world.

Search Terms

Use these geographic terms for your subject searches in the catalog to find Chinese popular culture resources (e.g., Popular culture - China):

  • China
  • Taiwan
  • Hong Kong (China)
  • East Asia
  • Chinese Language

General Resources

Web Resources:

Books:

Preview: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Ang Lee's 2000 wuxia (martial arts) film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is credited with popularizing Chinese film, especially martial arts film internationally, grossing over $200 million worldwide. Watch the international trailer below and rent the full film on Amazon or YouTube, or check out the DVD from the library.

Watch Chinese Films:

Web Resources:

Books in the Library:

Watch Chinese TV

The Library collection has limited holdings of Chinese television shows, but you can watch online at the following links:

Learn more:

C-pop (Chinese popular music) merges Chinese traditional music with a range of influences from the West, from hip hop to jazz to pop ballads. There are 3 main subgenres of C-pop, divided by language: Mandopop (Mandarin), Cantopop (Cantonese), and Minnan pop (Taiwanese Minnan). Spotify, YouTube, and Apple Music all have large collections of C-pop available to stream. Check out the Mandopop playlist below, and explore other genres on Spotify or other streaming services.

Start your research on Chinese pop music:

black and white ink drawing of a woman in a jungleThe Library has about 85 Chinese comics, or manhua, in English and Chinese. Webtoons (Chinese webcomics) are also popular in China, following their boom in Korea. Line Webtoon provides access to a range of webtoons from the region in English, Chinese, Korean, Thai, and Indonesian. The English page unfortunately does not indicate where comics are from. For links to Chinese-language webtoon platforms, check out Wikipedia's Manhua page.

Underground comics in China are also self published and sold in print zines in independent shops. Time Out Beijing has a short article about the underground comics scene.

Image: Time Out Beijing

2008 Beijing Olympics

Current events in Chinese sports:

Library resources:

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