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Andrew Little


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I am a journalist currently based out of Dallas, Texas. After a stint at my school newspaper and the expat living website The Beijinger I've mostly been writing on a myriad of China-related news for RADII China. I'm now working to expand my portfolio and zone in on more specific topics like Chinese industry and luxury.

RADII | Culture, Innovation, and Life in today's China
Is the US Ready for an All-Chinese Content Streaming Service?

For the non-Chinese speaker, gaining access to current, high quality Chinese TV and film outside of China requires determination. Of course Netflix has a small selection of newer, sometimes binge-worthy Chinese TV shows and films, but the hoops one has to jump through to access a wider array of content (downloading the proper extensions, brushing up on your language skills) make it inconvenient at best.

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Here are China's 10 Most Valuable Stars

Admaster, a Chinese data solution provider focused on domestic advertising, just put out a data-driven list of China's most commercially valuable celebrities of 2018. Their assessment model, the fancy-sounding Celebrity Selection Index (CSI), aggregates data collected on a celebrity's social influence, buzzworthy-ness and brand help - while also taking a "risk factor" into account (more on that below) - to produce an overall score.

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Into the Black Mirror: The Truth Behind China's Social Credit System

Blacklists... data... credit scores... all sensationalized elements of the Chinese policy plan regularly blasted as reminiscent of 1984: the Social Credit System. Often compared with chilling dystopian science-fiction episodes, the topic has received breathless coverage from some members of the international media, but information is often inconsistent or saturated with alarmism.

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The Beijing Basketball Court That Became the "Holy Land" of Chinese Streetball

After graduating high school, Zhang He and Zhang Baoyuan decide to take a trip from their native Hebei province to Beijing with their newfound freedom - a breath of fresh air after months of prep. As they touch down in Beijing, others are arriving from more distant places: Shanxi, Hainan, even Los Angeles.

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UNIQLO UT x KAWS Collab Sparks Manic Scenes in China

Chinese shoppers got down on the floor, up on tables, and in face-to-face tussles on Monday to get their hands on UNIQLO UT x KAWS special edition T-shirts, and the frenzy left a series of videos and memes in its wake.

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Why Are Chinese Tourists So "Unruly?"

If you Google "Chinese tourists," you'll find a bevy of articles calling them "too loud," "too rude" or simply "the worst." A little more web surfing and you'll find examples of that behavior: vandalization of ancient temples, scuffles with airplane stewardesses and scalding water, and unnecessary brawls with the authorities.

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Is Kris Wu Fat Now?

A pressing question, people. Yes, the new season of Rap of China is underway, and contrary to the rumors, Kris Wu is still at the helm as the hit reality show's lead judge. But a different discussion has been looming over the former pop singer's image recently - his physical image, that is.

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Chinese Rappers Beef with Lil Pump After Racism Storm: Here are 6 Fierce Diss Tracks

Right on the heels of the Dolce & Gabbana ad campaign that sparked cries of racism and provoked diss tracks from PG One, CD Rev and others, yet another racism controversy has emerged to fire up China's internet - this one centered around Columbian-American rapper, Lil Pump.

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9 Things You Need to Know About Beijing's Enormous New Daxing Airport

Last week, Beijing's Daxing International Airport, also known as "Starfish" (due to its shape), undertook its first aircraft tests. Set to open later this year, Daxing will be Beijing's second international airport, opening just a decade after the celebrated completion of Beijing Capital International Airport's (BCIA) biggest terminal in an effort to accommodate what will soon be the busiest aviation market in the world.

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How Basketball Became China's Most Beloved Sport

From pick-up games to livestreamed tournaments, China loves basketball in every shape and form. Pass by a public sports complex on any given day and you're likely to find row upon row of courts at full capacity.

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7 of the Most Eye-Catching Chinese Displays at CES 2019

There's been a lot of talk about Chinese companies not attending the world's biggest tech show in Las Vegas this year because of the trade war, but they continued to boast an impressive presence.

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Is the Shared Bike Dream Turning to a Nightmare?

Here at RADII, we've been loyally documenting the ups and downs, promises and perils, and (most recently) the wipeouts of Chinese bike-sharing companies for a while now. Unfortunately for the startups - once considered the darlings of the Chinese tech industry - their idea is starting to look more like a bust than a boom.

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Hookup Culture In the Crosshairs? China's Tinder Suspended

China's government has been tightening its grip on cyberspace over the past year, taking whacks at various apps and platforms in efforts to wipe "vulgar" China's government has been tightening its grip on cyberspace, and the newest digital player under scrutiny is Tantan, China's Tinder.

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5G and "Harmony" at the Heart of the Trade War: Huawei's Unfinished Tale

The story of Huawei is one of future tech, machismo corporate culture, and the seeds of global schism. Until recently, the name was nearly unknown of outside China; but with near-daily reports emerging on the trustworthiness (or lack thereof) of Huawei's technology, the company has taken center stage in one of the most important geopolitical conflicts of our day.

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After Shared Bikes and Shared Sex Dolls... Shared Makeup?

An enclosed booth fitted with a see-through door and stocked with high-end makeup products was placed in a mall in Wuhan last year. Not long after, a local newspaper published a story on shared makeup's arrival and national public discussion quickly ensued. Further media headlines asked questions like " would you really dare to use them?

Instant La: The Best of China's Self-Heating Hot Pots

Now that you've acquired a taste for all things fiery thanks to the Beijinger's recent inaugural Hot & Spicy Fest, be sure to check out our ongoing chili related restaurant coverage and the latest issue of our Hot & Spicy themed magazine so that you can maintain the tantilizing burn.

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S. Koreans address northern tensions

As tensions between North Korea and the international community continue to escalate over an increasing number of missile tests conducted by the regime, South Korean students at Texas A&M are weighing in on what it's like to study in the U.S. during the international crisis.

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Under one flag

In the wake of the devastation of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rican students and staff at Texas A&M have struggled to contact their families, provide them with support and raise awareness and funds for the U.S. territory. Maria hit Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, causing massive devastation and nearly destroying the power grid that supplied electricity to the island.

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Stocked with authenticity: a taste of home

Hidden from the view of most local shoppers is a bustling market where international students shop for what reminds them of home. BCS Asian Market is the largest international supermarket in the Bryan-College Station area. Located on the corner of Harvey Mitchell and Texas, the humble BCS Asian Market fills a void for many in the international community.

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College Station's unique Shell gas station

What can't be seen from the outside of the Shell Gas Station across from the Mitchell Physics Building is the small corridor that winds to the back, lined with shelves of snacks and spices that many Texas A&M students consider indispensable.

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E-Commerce at the local level

Local BCS retail stores are working to keep with the times as e-commerce continues to grow and transform the way consumers shop. Online sales have been growing at a much faster rate than store sales. According to a report released this year by the U.S. Commerce Department, e-commerce sales in the U.S.

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