Reading Chinese: Army 军/軍

Army Simplified: 军 Traditional: 軍 Pinyin: jūn Brief: I, it must be said, am a sucker for propaganda. Especially the kind used today in China and Vietnam. There is just something about the uniformly stale, often poorly Photoshopped artwork that manages to make its message instantly nostalgic while remaining all together contemporary. A new and …

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Who Listens to Chinese Propaganda Anyway?

The simple answer: not many. Speaking for those living in the urban centers I've visited (yes, not including rural areas), Chinese young and old tend to ride off the pervasive red-ribboned mandates that decorate their alleyways and markets. I often amiably ask something along the lines of, "So what do you think about that sign?" …

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