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The Sunday Read: ‘The Art of Telling Forbidden Stories in China’

The Sunday Read: ‘The Art of Telling Forbidden Stories in China’

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1 Oktober 2023

As China strove for a larger role on the international stage at the turn of the century, the arrival of the internet and a relatively relaxed political environment spurred a boom in self-expression. Many writers tested the boundaries of Chinese literary culture, experimenting with subjects that were quotidian but taboo on the page: corruption, sexual desire and evolving gender roles. In today’s China, though, the pursuit of free expression requires writers to operate under the ever-watchful eye of a complex state surveillance system. This can resemble a high-stakes game of Whac-a-Mole in which writers, editors and online publishers try to outmaneuver the Chinese Communist Party’s apparatus, using any opportunity and resource at their disposal to chronicle life as they see it. This story was recorded by Audm. To hear more audio stories from publications like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android.


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