Poly Center Monster Club

Trading Blows in Chengdu’s Fight Club

A UFC-style fight bar has recently opened in Chengdu, within the city’s notorious Poly Center complex. Photos and impressions inside.

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Uber in Chengdu

What Uber Means to Chengdu: More than Money

Uber is winning the hearts and minds of local drivers and passengers as municipal governments struggle to deal with the popular car-hailing app.

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Escaping Conformity in the US and China

In this latest installment of “Dispatches …” we look at conformity in the US and China, and how living abroad can give you the tools to deal with society’s demands at home

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Searching for the Home

Searching for Home: Roots in China

A journey to discover my roots takes me to China, where I seek to learn about my ancestors in China and what their life was like.

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Cycle of Sameness

Breaking the Cycle of Sameness: Places

Looking for new places to enjoy in Chengdu? You are not alone. Here’s a quick guide to help you out, including tips on daytime and nighttime venues in the city.

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Soccer in Chengdu

Podcast Ep. #18: Soccer in Chengdu

Andy McAuley, co-founder of both the Chengdu International Football League (CIFL), on soccer in Chengdu, sports in China, and more.

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Ghost Cities

Ghost Cities of China: A Discussion with Wade Shepard Pt. 2

“Ghost Cities of China” author Wade Shepard shares more about his research, including the development of migrant construction worker communities, the frontier mentality, and marketing new cities.

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Viral Videos & Social Media in China

Podcast Ep. #17: Virality and Social Media in China

This summer was particularly full of viral videos out of China, so it felt like the right time to talk about viral videos, memes, and WeChat.

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