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  • Firenze Lai, Human Chain, 2014, oil on canvas, 31 1/2 × 27 1/2". From “A Hundred Years of Shame: Songs of Resistance and Scenarios for Chinese Nations.”

    “A Hundred Years of Shame”

    Para Site

    “A Hundred Years of Shame: Songs of Resistance and Scenarios for Chinese Nations” traced the expression of dissent and pluralism in the work of eighteen artists from the “Chinese world.” The phrase is interesting: It presents an interpretation of “China” as a nation not only contained within the current state’s borders but dispersed in communities the world over—the diaspora, a contested nation (Taiwan), and a “special administrative region” (Hong Kong) included. The intention of the organizers, Para Site’s executive director and curator, Cosmin Costinas, and Asia Art Archive senior researcher

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