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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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No one has destroyed Chinese culture quite like the Chinese

This week’s Kuora comes from one of Kaiser’s answers originally posted to Quora on June 7, 2014: China has basically lost touch with…

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A modern myth — and a story of modern China

The “hidden character stone” in Guizhou — a prehistoric tribute to the Chinese Communist Party, so the story goes —…

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The revolutionary movements that toppled the Qing

This week’s Kuora comes from one of Kaiser’s answers originally posted to Quora on May 17, 2019: Why was the Qing Dynasty able…

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A testament to failed compromise: The KMT museums of Guangzhou

The district of Yuexiu in Guangzhou is a diorama of the early history of the CCP and the KMT. It…

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A SupChina Quiz to the Nines

It’s the last Thursday of the month, which means it’s quiz time! Last month was the end-of-lunar-year news quiz. Today we present……

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The Chinese scientist and the foreign tongue

For generations of Chinese scientists, the cultivating of a foreign tongue was not only a tool to help untangle the…

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Kuora: Explaining China’s Warlord Period, which splintered the country

Last week, we looked at the most overlooked moments in 20th-century Chinese history, which included the warlords. Following up on…

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Kuora: Yunnan, with all its history, is more than a vacation getaway

This week’s column comes from two of Kaiser’s answers, originally posted to Quora on July 17, 2014 and September 3,…

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Lost Province: China’s Xikang, now Tibet and Sichuan, is turning 80. But few people realize it ever existed

The people of Xikang’s central region were known as Khampas until the Chinese Communist Party officially recategorized them as Tibetans…

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Who really killed Pamela Werner? Reexamining Old Beijing’s most infamous murder

Graeme Sheppard is author of A Death in Peking: Who Really Killed Pamela Werner? (Earnshaw Books). As a police officer it can…

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Kuora: Mao Zedong’s legacy — and Deng Xiaoping’s role in preserving it

This month’s Kuora columns were in the subject of modern Chinese history. Take a look at last week’s column on…

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Kuora: Mao Zedong, Chiang Kai-shek, and the battle for Chinese hearts and minds

This month’s Kuora columns will be in the subject of modern Chinese history. Take a look at last week’s column…

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Kuora: Considering the Republican-era thinkers Kang Youwei and Liang Qichao (for president)

This month’s Kuora columns will be in the subject of modern Chinese history. Take a look at last week’s column…

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Kuora: The 1911 Xinhai Revolution and birth of modern China

This month’s Kuora columns will be in the subject of modern Chinese history. Take a look at last week’s column…

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