MODERN HISTORY

The Legendary Century-Long Life of a Leprosy Patient, Part 1

From wandering the streets to living in a leprosy colony, an ordinary 93-year-old woman recounts an extraordinary century of life

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The Legendary Century-Long Life of a Leprosy Patient, Part 2

Read the second part of the story of Xu He as she leaves the leprosy village—and find out why she comes back

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Vanished Mountain: Zhangjiakou’s First Ski Resort

Opened in 1997, the Saibei Resort in Chongli county introduced China’s first generation of ski enthusiasts to the sport

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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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