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The Goriest, Raunchiest Chinese Classic of All Time Sweet Movies and Wild Books 

The Goriest, Raunchiest Chinese Classic of All Time

“Do you know Leonard Cohen?” Sidney shouts. He’s trying to be heard over the album that’s blasting through his hutong apartment. “This is one of his live sessions. I think it’s just wonderful. I like to play it really loud and do my taichi.” Sidney Shapiro’s 90-something years old. He moved to Shanghai looking for a job in 1947. And he’s lived in Beijing since liberation. In China’s literature circles, he’s a legend. He married a movie star, lived through the Great Leap Forward, defends the Cultural Revolution, and scuffed…

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China’s all-time favorite (and all-time darkest?) comic book: Sanmao Historical Wonders Sweet Movies and Wild Books 

China’s all-time favorite (and all-time darkest?) comic book: Sanmao

Not many foreigners know about Sanmao. Here in China, though, he’s bigger than Disney. He’s as prone to mischief as Bart Simpson. As endlessly honest as Richie Rich. And as dark as Charlie Brown. Darker. Even though Sanmao comics are as much for kids as they are adults, they’re filled with death, bloodshed, and misery. Sanmao is one seriously weird comic book. (Many more pages, plus clip from the movie, below)

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Video of the Cultural Revolution Restaurant Extraordinary Eats Historical Wonders Strange Tourism 

Video of the Cultural Revolution Restaurant

I gave all the juicy details of this restaurant where you can make merry, while celebrating the best of the Cultural Revolution and the Great Leap Forward, earlier this week. But here, for your pleasure, is some video of the mad show and the flag-waving audience.

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Red Detachment of Awesome Historical Wonders Sweet Movies and Wild Books 

Red Detachment of Awesome

This Wednesday thru Friday, if you’re in Beijing, you shouldn’t miss the best of the “model operas,” The Red Detachment of Women (红色娘子军). Playing for three nights only at Poly Plaza. It’s called a model opera, but it’s actually a ballet. The eight model operas were, during the height of the cultural revolution, the only artistic performances allowed. Five operas, two ballets, and a single symphony, all of them micro-controlled by Mao’s psychopathic wife, Jiang Qing.

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