Q&A: Finding a rich vein of humor in China’s past
"China in the early 20th century — my book’s focus — was, to put it mildly, a rough-and-tumble place,” says Christopher Rea of his new book, The Age of Irreverence: A New History of Laughter in China. He also sees connections to the present day, despite the repression, in how the public responds to media, how wordplay remains popular and how joking communities form.
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