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Postmedia in the gutter

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Richard Wagamese and an Indigenous literary resurgence

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Christopher Rea

Christopher Rea is a professor of Asian studies at the University of British Columbia and the author of The Age of Irreverence: A New History of Laughter in China (University of California Press, 2015).

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Christopher Rea


A look back at the myth of salacious Shanghai July-August 2016
Shanghai is a city freighted with clichés. Lurid accounts of its urban zeitgeist under nationalist rule conjure up a whore of the Orient where East met West for a fin-de-siècle bout of decadence and depravity against a backdrop of violence and poverty. Others celebrate the cultural and economic dynamism that once made Shanghai China’s most diverse and cosmopolitan…