These are some of my favorites links. I’ll update this page more frequently in the future, so check back once in a while. No Mandarin knowledge required.
Magazines and News
Sixth Tone is an online magazine covering trending topics. In their own
words: "...go beyond buzzwords and headlines to tell the uncommon stories of common people." This site has become an essential
breakfast item, almost like my cup of coffee.
Weibo in China is similar to Twitter in the west. What’s on Weibo is an
independent news site reporting social trends in China.
There's always more than one side to a story. Unless we dig a little deeper, we will never know the truth, we will only know 'a' truth.
I like supplementing information provided by the big western media outlets with Asian viewpoints, fully aware that I still don't get the full picture:
Check South China Morning Post (Hong Kong),
Global Times (Mainland),
or CGTN (Mainland).
TV Shows & Movies
Viki is a video streaming website specializing on Asian productions,
with a large selection of new Chinese content, some currently on air.
Almost all shows come with English subtitles. Ad free and in HD quality across all devices with a subscription - well worth it!
Wikipedia has comprehensive additional information, very useful if there are many characters or clans involved.
MyDramaList.com is another excellent source for Asian films. If a show is not available on Viki,
As a Viki and Chinese drama fan, I often get hooked on sound track and theme songs. My Spotify play lists Chinese Drama
and Chinese Drama 2 are public. Get a taste here, then listen to it directly on Spotify - the quality is much better.