Counter-History in China: Challenging the Headline Narratives

  • Starts: 5:00 pm on Tuesday, February 27, 2024
  • Ends: 6:30 pm on Tuesday, February 27, 2024
Newspaper headlines describe a China that is uniformly bleak: a slowing economy, tensions with the West, and a surveillance state that seems to have crushed all opposing voices. But in his new book Sparks: China's Underground Historians and Their Battle for the Future (2023), lan Johnson presents a more nuanced picture of Xi Jinping's China, one where a vibrant movement of underground filmmakers, magazine publishers, and authors challenge the Communist Party on its most important source of legitimacy: its control of history. Join us as lan presents his book and introduces us to China's counter-history movement, which echoes struggles in our own countries for a more equitable and just accounting of the past.
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