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Hong Kong protesters hit the streets as China marks 70 years of Communist rule

運営事務局 JIMOPLE 64 October 1, 2019
Chinese President Xi Jinping (center) in Tiananmen Square in Beijing on October 1, 2019.
Chinese President Xi Jinping (center) in Tiananmen Square in Beijing on October 1, 2019. GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images

Tonight's 70th anniversary celebrations in Beijing have highlighted aspects of traditional Chinese culture -- from dragon dancing to tai chi.

Since President Xi Jinping came to power, his directives and speeches have shaped every aspect of Chinese society -- including its cultural sectors, where art is expected to embody the country's values and “traditional virtues.”

But what precisely does that look like? A new CNN Style series explores the president’s sweeping influence, from the clothes people wear to what’s playing at the box office.

Two features from the series have published so far:

'Post-weird': How Chinese architecture evolved in the Xi Jinping era

In a 2014 speech, Xi criticized the construction of unusual buildings -- presumably referring to the experimental and often bizarre architecture that swept China in the 2000s. A more explicit government directive, calling for the end of “oversized, xenocentric, weird” buildings, followed in 2016.

Now, architects are increasingly looking to China’s history and culture for inspiration. CNN's Oscar Holland explores how Chinese architecture went from giant teapot buildings and pants-shaped skyscrapers to subtler projections of power and identity.

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Rise of the Chinese Communist Party-approved blockbuster

Last year, censorship of China's movie industry was moved to a new super-agency, directly under the supervision of the Communist Party's Central Propaganda Department. This removed any theoretical separation between the Party and regulation of the film industry, which state media said had a "unique and important role ... in disseminating ideas and in culture and entertainment."

In this opaque censorship system, multimillion-dollar films can be pulled just days before release -- even after passing initial checks. CNN's James Griffiths writes about the state of the country’s film industry and how patriotic blockbusters came to rule the Chinese box office.

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