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Mixed Reaction to China’s Plan to Send Artists to Countryside

Beijing's recently announced plan to send artists and filmmakers to the countryside to learn from rural communities and “form a correct view on art” is drawing both praise and criticism. In a move critics call reminiscent of the country’s Cultural Revolution — when, from 1966 to 1976, artists and intellectuals were sent to the countryside to do manual labor — China's media and film watchdog unveiled the program December 1. "The administration will ... send scriptwriters,...

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