Gabrielle Jaffe is a freelance journalist who is currently based in China, covering travel, culture and current affairs for publications including The Atlantic, The Times, and Los Angeles Times.
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Chinese city restores century-old synagogue

Chinese city restores century-old synagogue

Two Chinese politicians and an Israeli professor are huddled around an architect’s drawing. “Actually it would be better if the fence rails were shaped like Stars of David instead of crosses,” politely suggests the professor, Dan Ben-Canaan, who is advising on the $16-million project to
Beijing Independent Film Festival derailed by authorities

Beijing Independent Film Festival derailed by authorities

The Beijing Independent Film Festival has a long history of absurd run-ins with the Chinese authorities, but this year’s edition opened in such a Kafka-esque manner it could have been penned by an indie scriptwriter. It began in mid-August with festival director Wang Hongwei announcing
Bringing art to the middle class in China

Bringing art to the middle class in China

As the world’s top collectors, gallerists and dealers converged in Hong Kong a week ago for Art Basel, the city’s inaugural edition of one of the world’s premier art shows, a very different kind of art venture was launching in the mainland: an online platform for buying affordable
Mongolia’s hip-hop beat

Mongolia’s hip-hop beat

Mongolia’s hip-hop scene caught Benj Binks off guard. The young Australian expected the descendants of Genghis Khan to be mostly nomads and herders, cantering over wild, bleak plains. Instead, when he arrived in the capital of Ulaanbaatar in 2004 he found nightclubs, graffiti and guys
China's indie filmmakers: The way of the dragon seal

China’s indie filmmakers: The way of the dragon seal

BEIJING — Yang Jin shot his first film, “The Black and White Milk Cow,” in his hometown in 2004 for $1,600. He asked villagers to be his actors, paying them only in cigarettes, and his main expense was $320 spent renting the titular cow. The
James Cameron launches joint venture for 3D films in China

James Cameron launches joint venture for 3D films in China

Filmmaker James Cameron and 3-D photography specialist Vince Pace have announced that their Cameron Pace Group, which specializes in providing 3-D technology, services and consulting to other producers, will launch a new joint venture in China. The deal was announced Wednesday with the state-owned Tianjin North Film Group and Tianjin High-Tech Holding Group. CPG China will be
China is the Wild East for Hollywood's filmmakers

China is the Wild East for Hollywood’s filmmakers

BEIJING— He went to Hollywood High, his mother is a scriptwriter and his father an actor. Nate Boyd seemed destined to join the L.A. film industry, but after the circus of auditioning while he was in high school, he grew disillusioned. “I’d queue up with 300 people for one small part. The casting directors