A still from Roland Emmerich’s historical epic Midway. Photo: Alamy
Clarence Tsui
Opinion

Opinion

The Projector by Clarence Tsui

How an American war film, Midway, got past Chinese censors when home-grown ones have been pulled

  • Roland Emmerich’s Midway secured approval for a general cinematic release in mainland China this week
  • However, domestic war films such as The Eight Hundred and Liberation remain in limbo

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A still from Roland Emmerich’s historical epic Midway. Photo: Alamy
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David Cantalupo, co-founder of The Bookworm, takes a phone call at the bookstore in Beijing on Tuesday as customers look on. The store, a cornerstone of the expatriate literary community in the Chinese capital, announced it would close on November 11 having been unable to renew its lease. Photo: Simon Song

The Bookworm, a centre of literary life in Beijing, to close, unable to renew its lease amid crackdown on ‘illegal structures’

  • A cafe, a community centre, a place for lively discussion and for authors to meet their readers, The Bookworm has survived for 17 years in the Chinese capital
  • Co-founder says it is a victim of clean-up by city planners, and won’t speculate on a political motive; patrons take to social media to voice their sadness
Topic |   Books and Literature

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David Cantalupo, co-founder of The Bookworm, takes a phone call at the bookstore in Beijing on Tuesday as customers look on. The store, a cornerstone of the expatriate literary community in the Chinese capital, announced it would close on November 11 having been unable to renew its lease. Photo: Simon Song
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