NBA Draft Prospect Skips College For China (And $1.2 Million)

Point guard Emmanuel Mudiay has the potential to be a lottery pick in next year's NBA draft, but he won't be spending a year in college before going pro. Mudiay's taking his talents to China for the required year between high school and the NBA, and he's getting a hefty chunk of money for his efforts. » 7/22/14 12:44pm 7/22/14 12:44pm

Twenty-Five Years Later, It Is Always June 4, 1989

On June 1, this past Sunday, police came to the Beijing home of the artist Guo Jian—an Australian citizen, living in Beijing with an Australian passport—and took him away. Two days before, the Financial Times had published an interview with Guo. In it, he talked about how he'd privately made an installation of a… » 6/04/14 12:13pm 6/04/14 12:13pm

This Old Chinese Figure Skater Has Smooth Moves, Awesome Facial Hair

In February 1946 readers of a popular weekly magazine were introduced to exactly the sort of scene Henry Luce likely had in mind when, a decade earlier, he and poet Archibald MacLeish crafted their famous prospectus for a publication initially called "The Show-Book of the World." The still-stirring opening lines of… » 1/08/14 9:08am 1/08/14 9:08am

Your Chinese Street-Food Was Probably Cooked In Poop Oil

Well, this is horrifying. Street vendors in China have taken to using something called "gutter oil"—quite literally the oil gathered from gutter runoff, dumpster sludge, garbage juice, and untreated fucking sewage fuck fuck fuck—to cook food for human consumption. And then unwitting humans are consuming that food. … » 10/29/13 4:39pm 10/29/13 4:39pm

Nick Young Takes Video Selfie While Crashing His Toboggan

The Los Angeles Lakers' Chinese tobogganing trip is the gift that keeps on giving. First, it allowed us to laugh at Chris Kaman's account of the very real dangers that come with tobogganing down the Great Wall of China, and now it's given us an even greater gift: Nick Young filming himself as he loses control of his… » 10/14/13 2:40pm 10/14/13 2:40pm

Brittney Griner Signs With A Chinese Team Because It Pays A Lot More

Brittney Griner, the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft, has signed with Chinese team Zhejiang, for whom she'll play during the WNBA offseason. This happened days ago and Chinese media is all over it, yet there's not been a single major American outlet reporting it. Why? The fact that her Chinese team will pay her multiple… » 5/03/13 1:59pm 5/03/13 1:59pm