Sinology Sunday: 56 proposals across China

 

 

 

Couple  @三兽sanso and @小姬joy spent half a year traveling across China to take wedding photos in the style of all 56 officially recognized ethnic groups.  They usually asked locals  to help them get as authentic clothing as possible (some accessories they used are  family heirlooms, some are museum pieces) , although some are more  touristy costumes. They also said that given the choice, they usually opted for less religious clothing.

It’s really a pity that only like five of them are regularly represented in TV series. I would love to see more historical and modern dramas exploring their stories.

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Ni Ni and Jing Boran are both now single

The most separately photogenic couple, Jing Boran and Ni Ni, have just announced on Weibo they broke up in May. I don’t usually post break-up news but I’ll take any opportunity to put up  pictures of either of them.

Here are some gifs of Jing Boran in Geneva and a minivideo and photoshoot aka car ad starring Ni Ni and Jin Dachuan. It’s a part of series that also has minivideos/ads starring Gao YunyuanYang Mi, Zhou Dongyu, and Zhong Chuxi.

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Name those eyes : Chinese stars version

Try and guess these stars from the Eye of the Beholder video. What level of a fensi/fan are you?

Level 1 : Entry C-fensi 

Yang Mi

AngelababyBai BaiheLiu Shishi

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24th Magnolia Awards

White Deer Plain was nominated in every single category, and took home three awards. He Bing took home the top acting award for his performance in The Love of Courtyard, though he was equally impressive in White Deer Plain (I really need to pick this show up again).

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Chloé Zhao lands new Amazon film, in talks to direct Black Widow solo film

Some updates on director Chloé Zhao, who is still writing fan-fiction online and paying off her student loans as of last month. Don’t forget to support her by watching The Rider in theaters now!

  • Amazon has picked up her upcoming film on Reeve Bass.
  • She is one of several female directors in talks to direct Marvel’s Black Widow solo film. She’s actually said in an interview that she grew up with comic books and mangas, and her first experience with storyboarding were the mangas she drew as a child.
  • On a side news, Chinese-American director Cathy Yan (Dead Pigs ) has been announced to helm the DC female team-up Birds of Prey film.

With all these projects coming her way, hopefully she’s still working on that Chinese sci-fi.

sources: deadline, HR,deadline

31st Flying Apsaras Awards

Sun Li once again reigns supreme as the queen of Chinese dramas

Flying Apsaras Awards represents the government branch of Chinese drama awards, and are usually held on odd-numbered years to avoid clashing with the Golden Eagle Awards.

Because the awards shows are government endorsed, the Flying Asparas are taken very seriously, and that means all nominees turn up, which makes the live stream that much more interesting. Red carpet round up and winners list below.

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KFC, Xu Jiao want you to eat fried chicken in hanfu

KFC added bamboo shoots to their chicken sandwich just in case they weren’t Chinese enough.

After normalizing hanfu’s as everyday outfits in her latest drama Beyond the Lightyears and as appropriate red carpet wear,  actress and hanfu advocate Xu Jiao is here to remind  you that hanfu is also fast-food appropriate.  The actress is a part of KFC’s latest campaign to appeal to Chinese fans with Chinese culture rather than foreign superiority, a rather new ad choice in China. KFC also partnered with the National Museum to bring elements of artifacts from the museum to their stores, including renovating over thirty locations around China to either celebrate hanfu or artifacts.

When someone commented on Weibo that hanfu 汉服 and hamburgers 汉堡包 don’t look right together, Xu Jiao responded : “They both belong to the han 汉 family, so why not? ”

The interior of a newly renovated KFC that looks nothing like Kentucky.

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Barbie releases Guan Xiaotong doll

The next time people tell you Chinese people are short, you can show them this to-scale photo.

As a part of International Women’s Day, Mattel released 17 dolls of prominent (young) women around the world.  In China, volleyball player Hui Ruoqi, dancer Tan Yuanyuan (inconsistency in translation is so annoying), and  Actress Guan Xiaotong were the ones chosen.  It appears they’re not currently out for sell yet, but maybe you can buy one in the future.    I’ll probably pass on this one, but I’m so ready for all the merch  for the live-action Mulan (if it ever gets made).

Liu Yifei has been using her house as an animal rescue

One of the many cats (left in the second photo) that have been touched by the angel that is Liu Yifei

Actress Liu Yifei has been outed as an angel. For the past couple of years, she’s been running an animal shelter out of her own home for kittens. She takes stray cats in, nurtures and neuters them, and then find them homes. Liu YIfei even removed her brick fence after some cats got stuck in it.

Liu Yifei is currently filming drama Records of Nanyan Studio, and will star in Disney’s live-action Mulan.

A look at Liu Yifei’s home.

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