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A collection of columns and commentary on various topics and news in China, including Kaiser Kuo’s weekly Kuora column and SupChina’s “A China Christmas Story” series. SupChina is your premier source for China news.

Did Plato and the ancient Greeks know about China?

This week’s column comes from one of Kaiser’s answers originally posted to Quora and updated on January 19, 2019: Would Plato…

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China’s most important (and mostly unreadable) historical texts

The Twenty-Four Histories (二十四史 Èrshísì shǐ) are a set of Chinese historical records spanning from 3000 BC to the 17th century.…

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What it was like to live in Beijing through SARS

While the novel coronavirus continues to spread, this week’s column looks back at the epidemic that 2019-nCoV is most frequently compared to:…

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Apologizing for the Cultural Revolution (who should do it?)

This month’s Kuoras have examined the Cultural Revolution. Last week’s column was about foreigners who lived in China during the era.…

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Foreigner accounts of the Cultural Revolution

This month’s Kuoras will examine the Cultural Revolution. Last week’s column was on literature about the era. This week’s column comes…

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The Chinese government’s erratic tolerance of Cultural Revolution literature

This month’s Kuoras will examine the Cultural Revolution. Last week’s column was on Mao Zedong’s role. This week’s column comes…

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How Mao mobilized millions and benefitted from the chaos

This month’s Kuoras will examine the Cultural Revolution. We begin with a column from one of Kaiser’s answers originally posted to…

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How China’s ‘century of humiliation’ resonates today

This week’s column comes from one of Kaiser’s answers originally posted to Quora on September 7, 2016: What lesson did Chinese…

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China’s rise and fall as explained by two historical cycles

This week’s column comes from one of Kaiser’s answers originally posted to Quora on October 17, 2013: History of China: Why…

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How to write better-looking Chinese characters

This week’s column comes from one of Kaiser’s answers originally posted to Quora on May 8, 2015: How can I write…

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The SupChina Quiz: Chinese holidays

It’s the last Thursday of the month, which means it’s quiz time! Last month was a quiz about Chinese horror. Today…

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When did Chinese people start to self-identify as ‘Han’?

This week’s column comes from one of Kaiser’s answers originally posted to Quora on May 9, 2015: When and how did…

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How Islam arrived in China

This week’s column comes from one of Kaiser’s answers originally posted to Quora on May 8, 2015: How did Islam spread…

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The man who unified China and commissioned the Terracotta Warriors

This week’s column comes from two of Kaiser’s answers originally posted to Quora on February 24, 2011 and October 27, 2011:…

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China embraced Western classical music because it was superior

This week’s Kuora comes from two of Kaiser’s answers, originally posted to Quora on December 19, 2014: Why did Western classical music catch…

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