Xu Jilin, a history professor at East China Normal University in Shanghai, posted questions from the French baccalauréat in an effort to cast an unflattering spotlight on China's own university entrance exam, the gaokao.
Tapping into widespread public frustration with corruption among government officials, advocates of press freedom in China seem to have found an effective tool with which to ally citizens to the journalistic cause.
The 1931 novel has its faults, but it deserves a spot on the bookshelf of anyone heading to the Chinese countryside for the first time who wants to know a bit about the history of Chinese peasant life, writes Maura Cunningham.
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