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The Butterfly Effect: Redeeming China’s Early Romance Novels

How “Mandarin Duck and Butterfly,” a romantic literary movement from early 20th century China, became forgotten in the tides of modernization

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Remembering the Chinese Women Who Danced for the World

Too many of the Chinese diaspora’s leading female artists and performers have been forgotten. Director Luka Yuanyuan Yang wants to reclaim their transnational legacies.

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The Jazz Age

When the Harlem Renaissance briefly flourished in Shanghai

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Hyper Inflated

The disastrous monetary policy that brought down the Nationalists

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The Xiaogang Experiment

How a village defied collectivism and pioneered China’s road to economic reform

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Long Shadows

How China’s first film studios fostered a golden age of cinema

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Hearth Warming

The history of indoor heating in the PRC

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Permanent Revolution

The hair-raising history of cuts and curls in the PRC

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Taking Stock

A new museum in a classic Shanghai location charts the brief but tumultuous history of China’s capital markets

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