BOOKS

Lust, Revolution

In Yan Lianke's "Hard Like Water," eroticism and class conflict overlap within the Maoist vanguard of the Cultural Revolution

SOCIETY

China Lights #3: "I only earned 10 times less than Chairman Mao"

"If the Cultural Revolution hadn't happened...my life might have been completely different"—a retired factory worker recounts his life in Beijing amid upheaval and poverty

NEWS

Viral Week Ep. 208

Jay victorious, Sun Yang snubbed, Libra confusion, and fines for disobedience—it’s Viral Week

ARTS

Goodbye, Beijing

In “City Gate, Open Up”, seminal poet Bei Dao memorializes a long-lost capital

TRADITIONAL CULTURE

China’s Female-only Mosques

China’s pioneering female-only mosques have a long history, but female imams have drawn opposition from conservative quarters

TRADITIONAL CULTURE

Bad Omens

The Communist Party is officially atheist, but consulting shamans is surprisingly popular, even among powerful officials

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