“Hands up if you’re Chairman Mao”: a lookalike competition in 2008 in Hunan, Mao’s home province
In China in Ten Words, the prize-winning novelist Yu Hua sets out “to compress the endless chatter of China today into ten simple words.” His book has been called a “much needed, and hugely subversive, dose of reality,” and invaluable for understanding modern China. The extract below deals with the copycat phenomenon, a sign of the moral confusion that threatens China’s future.
The story of contemporary China can be told from many different angles, but…
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