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Retrospective | Cui Jian: ‘The World That’s Changing Longs to Never Change’

September 2, 2019

With U.S.-China tensions at the center of so much of our discourse, it seems as good a time as any to look at a figure who channeled those same fraught energies into something constructive and inspiring. A twentysomething living in Beijing in the 1980s, Cui Jian had survived Mao’s Cultural Revolution to see economic reform, and the ‘Open Door’ policy, come to China. Trained as a classical musician, he was a trumpeter for the Beijing Philharmonic when he first heard…

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