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China’s cool, non-political youth

The word “culture” remains very sensitive

I recently asked a friend what he thought was mainstream culture in China. “It’s car, money and house,” he said. “That’s it.”

He may be exaggerating, but such comments suggest an uncomfortable truth about the place of culture in today’s China—most people couldn’t care less about it. A Saturday evening spent at the theatre? Unthinkable for the average person. You certainly must be very well educated if that’s what you’re doing.

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In Prospect’s May issue: Simon Taylor and Bronwen Maddox on why Hinkley Point C is an expensive gamble that might not pay off. Philip Collins examines Iain Duncan Smith’s tenure as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, and Lionel Shriver reveals why she stopped fighting being female. Alan Rusbridger responds to last month’s piece on the Guardian by Stephen Glover. Also in this issue: Nicholas Soames says there’s no such thing as "Project Fear” and Howard Davies reviews Melvyn King’s new book and suggests that we are vulnerable to another financial crisis. Plus Ruth Dudley Edwards examines the fading myths of the Easter Rising and Owen Hatherley suggests it’s time to look for a Plan B to solve London’s housing issues.
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