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了解祖国 (liǎojiě zǔguó): understand the motherland

Ai Weiwei.

Ai Weiwei once tweeted, “If you hope to understand your motherland, then you have already entered the path of breaking the law” (你如果希望了解你的祖国,你已经走上了犯罪的道路). The implication is that in order to truly understand China, one needs access to materials that have been censored or suppressed, and that seeking those materials is in violation of Chinese law.

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