Culture & the Arts

Beijing Protest Art Reveals Frustration With Zero-COVID Policy

Protest art scrawled upon Beijing COVID testing stations reveals an undercurrent of anger about China’s zero-COVID policy in the capital. The two seemingly unrelated protests are part of a larger stream of oft-censored artistic...

Voices of May: “No More Is This the Shanghai We Once Knew”

“Voices of May” is the first in CDT’s monthly “Voices of …” series of viral audio-visual content from pandemic lockdowns in Shanghai and other Chinese cities. Inspired by the original audio-visual compilation “Voices of April,”...

A Brief Timeline of Student Protests in China since 1989

June 4, 2022 marked the 33rd anniversary of Chinese troops opening fire on protesters to suppress the student-led Tiananmen Movement of 1989. In the following decades, student activism in mainland China never ceased, despite...

Lessons to be Drawn From China’s Textbook Controversy

China is set to investigate school textbooks after illustrations deemed to be sexually suggestive or politically inappropriate caused an uproar on social media.  On Monday, the Chinese Ministry of Education ordered a nationwide...

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