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EDUCATION

How English Went from Imperialist Treachery to Lingua Franca

While English language education was once practically forbidden, decades of reform have turned it into massive business

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GALLERY

Children of the Corn: How Pan Dehai’s “Fatties” Distort the Past and Present

Painter Pan Dehai talks with TWOC about the ’85 New Wave movement and the reception of his cute but satiric political works

SPORTS

How China Ended 30 Years in the Olympics Wilderness

In 1984, the PRC defied a Soviet boycott to attend its first Olympics in 32 years

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FOOD, TRADITIONAL CULTURE

King Cabbage

The people’s vegetable that helped northerners get through winter

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HISTORY

City of Dreams

Forty years after reform, migrants are trying to define a “Shenzhen Dream” that binds the city together

LANGUAGE

2018: The Year in Words

Reform anniversary, trade war and some slang words covered by TWOC won the Chinese word-of-the-year contest

ARTS, HISTORY

Ode to ‘Opening Up’

TWOC gets the scoop on the new 40 Years of Reform exhibition at the National Museum

MODERN HISTORY

How the Bikini Finally Came to China

From swimming across the Yangtze in the 60s to indecency scandals in the 80s: 30 years of swimwear history in China

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