China’s cultural crackdown: few areas untouched as Xi reshapes society

Michel Hockx, director of the Keough School’s Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, explores China’s tightening restrictions on popular culture.

“On the one hand, the party represents the people and wants culture to be popular. On the other hand, they really don’t approve of what the people seem to like. They consider much of popular culture to be ‘vulgar’.”

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Originally published at on September 10, 2021.

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