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Articles tagged "Cui Jian"

Power of the Powerless

    Chinese rock star Cui Jian begins his song "The 90s" with the line: "Words are not precise already—can't express this world clearly." And in the clarity of that expression, he voices the sentiment of a generation of Chinese youth: China's inexorable lurch into the twenty-first century made language as dizzying as change itself. No vocabulary existed to describe the fast-forward motion of China's modernization. Language that had once rooted every Chinese...

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