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Jakarta Post

Traitors and treason in the collective Chinese imagination

Mon, March 22, 2021   /   11:11 am

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While traitors are despised in most societies, the preferred term in China, hànjiān, is not only highly charged but also takes on ethno-centric dimensions. So how has the Chinese concept of the traitor been put to political use by China’s post-dynastic governments? And what is regarded as treasonous behaviour in contemporary China? Dr Craig Smith and Dr Matthew Galway dive into the details with presenter Ali Moore. An Asia Institute podcast. Produced and edited by Music by