Christopher Beam

6 articles
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Can China Take a Joke?

The culturally-bound mechanics of comedy.

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The People’s Republic of Cruiseland

The author boards the Costa Atlantica for several days of line dancing, burlesque and buffets as part of the cruise industry’s new foray into China.

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The 'Deaf' Composer Who Fooled a Nation

Mamoru Samuragochi’s story turned out to be too good to be true.

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Year of the Pigskin

A season with the American Football League of China.

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Paddled

An American enrolls in a Beijing ping-pong school. A series of humiliations ensue.

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Bubble Boys

In Silicon Valley, up all night coding in the dorms with the aspiring Mark Zuckerbergs of tomorrow.