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"Encountering (China, My) Sorrow"

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The Buddhists say that all life is sorrow, but Dai Sijie's China My Sorrow (1989), while borrowing freely from the 2000-year-old tradition of Buddhist thought, does not ignore the role of the "politics of everyday resentment" in making human life narrower, excessively violent, and irreconciliable to the best theories of high culture.

Keywords: Buddhist; China My Sorrow; Chinese culture; Dai Sijie; cultural revolution; punishment

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 1998-09-01

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