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Five essential Chinese silent films

Politics, revolution, bloodshed, prostitution, suicide, feminism (before it was defined as such): Chinese films of the 1920s…

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Kuora: China’s claim to ‘5,000 years of history’

This week’s column comes from one of Kaiser’s answers originally posted to Quora on November 28, 2017: China often notes…

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When China embraced classical music: The Philadelphia Orchestra’s historic 1973 tour

They put up with half-hearted crowds and a demanding Madame Mao. But those who went on the…

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Kuora: China’s dramatic fall from grace and its long road back to respectability

This week’s column comes from one of Kaiser’s answers originally posted to Quora on May 22, 2017:

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China’s Red Collectors

Meet the Chinese collectors preserving memories from the Mao era — and the country’s erstwhile revolutionary spirit — through…

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Kuora: Commemorating May Fourth, that most underrated of Chinese movements

Arguably one of China’s most important anniversaries is this week: May 4, marking that day in 1919 when thousands…

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Mingbai: Know your Chinese emperors

Mingbai (明白, meaning “understand”), written by Christian Føhrby and Deng Jie, is a…

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Kuora: The Opium Wars and China’s Century of National Humiliation

The Opium Wars and the humiliation that the Chinese endured at…

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Kuora: The An Lushan Rebellion and the fall of the Tang

Dynastic struggle is a favorite subject of many China historians and scholars. Kaiser, who has always been a historian…

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Sinica Podcast: Orville Schell on China’s unexamined, unreconciled past

This week’s Sinica Podcast is now live: Listen to it now! “Can a society which has not…come to terms…

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Kuora: Cao Cao was a magnificently cruel bastard

This week, we take our subject from one of Kaiser’s favorite things in the world, The Romance of the Three…

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SupChina Quiz: Modern Chinese History, Late Qing and Republican Era

It’s the last Thursday of the month, which means it’s quiz time! Last month was the

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The 12 most noteworthy Years of the Dog in Chinese history

In Chinese myth, the dog came second to last in the race to determine the order of the zodiac…

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Kuora: China vs. Rome, and the question of cultural cohesiveness

We return to the subject of history this week, as Kaiser answers a question originally posted on Quora on…

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Historian gripes about access and quality of archives in China

Shen Zhihua 沈志华 is a famous Chinese historian who specializes in the history of the Soviet Union,…

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