Editor’s note: A version of this originally appeared on Radii, a new media platform covering culture, innovation, and life in today’s China.

If you’ve stayed plugged in to RADII this year, and we hope you have, there’s something you might have noticed: 2018 was truly the year of the scandal.

Are scandals a constant, unavoidable part of today’s controversy-driven news cycle? Yes. Yes they are. But China in 2018 was thicc – like, very thicc. The entertainment industry was rocked by scandals, both newcomers and established heavy hitters. The world of e-commerce wasn’t safe, and neither were international luxury brands. Even the uppermost tier of Buddhism in China could not avoid the righteous hammer of scandal, crashing down amidst a fiery din of social media venom.

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RADII is a window into the cultural landscape of a contemporary China that actively seeks to engage the world. This media platform was created with the awareness that, in an age of information saturation,...