UNKNOWN PLEASURES (Jia Zhang-Ke, 2002)

Jia Zhang-Ke (who himself appears as the fellow singing opera) has explained that Ren xiao yao—literally, Free from All Constraints—refers to China’s “Birth Control” generation. In 1979 China introduced its one-child policy, to alleviate poverty and environmental problems; given various exemptions, the policy imposes reproductive restriction on about 36% of China’s immense population. An unforeseen […]