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Kuora: Celebrating Deng Xiaoping, who saved contemporary China

Today marks the 69th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, and the start of a weeklong…

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‘It is remarkable to see people so resilient’ — An Ping and the class of ‘77

Q&A with An Ping, among the students who tested into the first university classes after the Cultural Revolution   In…

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Kuora: The greatness that could have been for the Song Dynasty

This week’s column comes from one of Kaiser’s answers originally posted to Quora on February 8, 2018. Could the Song Dynasty…

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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 and ’30s were…

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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 it…

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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 1973 China tour…

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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: Why isn’t China richer…

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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 posters, badges, notebooks,…

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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 of…

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Mingbai: Know your Chinese emperors

Mingbai (明白, meaning “understand”), written by Christian Føhrby and Deng Jie, is a daily newsletter that drops knowledge on things “everyone in…

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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 the hands of foreign powers remain a source of shame…

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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 and…

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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 with its…

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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 Kingdoms…

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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 SupChina Geography Quiz. Today we…

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