Inside China's Star-Making Machine

By order of the People’s Republic of China, Ruhan Jia will be a global pop star
Photograph by Ka Xiaoxl; Illustration by Pinar and Viola

On the day of her American debut as a pop singer, Ruhan Jia, 29, lithe, long-haired, and well-mannered, turned off the air conditioning in her modest Manhattan hotel room to protect her voice and tried to relax. She ordered some sushi. She did some stretching. Other than that, she was quiet.

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