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Many children of Jewish refugees were born in China. All of these children knew how to speak German and English, but few learned Chinese. (Arthur Rothstein)
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The Photographic Work of Arthur Rothstein in China: Signal Corps, the Great Famine, the Jewish Refugees in Shanghai

Arthur Rothstein (July 17, 1915 – November 11, 1985) was an American prominent photojournalist. The topics of Arthur Rothstein ranged from social issues, daily life, … Read more

Chinese stylish girl
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32 precious old photographs reveal the real life of the Chinese people in the 1980s

An album of selected images depicts a vision of China in the 1980s, very different from today. China was more ideological, and poor but apparently … Read more

Suppuku
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Japanese officer performing seppuku during World War II

After the defeat of the Second World War II, many Japanese officers performed the ritual suicide by disembowelment, called in Japanese Suppuku (stomach-cutting). They chose … Read more

slow slicing during the Qing Dynasty
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Postcards of slow slicing during the Qing Dynasty (Graphic content)

A series of French postcards depicting one of the most gruesome punishments in China: Death by a thousand cuts (Lingchi). Death by a thousand cuts … Read more

Cannibalism in China
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A tragic episode of cannibalism during the famine of the Great Leap Forward (Graphic Content)

Cannibalism in China. During the disastrous country renovation of the Great Leap Forward, China experienced one of its darkest periods, called the Three Years of … Read more

anti-Japanese demonstrations
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Chinese Women of America anti-Japanese demonstrations in New York in 1938: 15 beautiful pictures

A fundraiser parade of Chinese beauty activists organized by overseas Chinese in order to fund anti-Japanese activities in Wuhan. New yorkers not only threw money … Read more

henan-famine
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30 dramatic images of the 1942 Henan famine

Henan Province was hit by a terrible famine between the summer of 1942 and the spring of 1943 that led to the death of 3 … Read more

eunuchs during the Qing Dynasty
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38 rare pictures of eunuchs during the Qing Dynasty

A eunuch (太監, Taijian) is a man who has been castrated in his early life for this change to have major hormonal consequences. Related articles: … Read more

images of the Japanese experiment unit 731 in China
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35 rare images of the infamous Japanese experiment unit 731 in China

Unit 731 (731部隊), based at the Pingfang district of Harbin and led by the infamous Japanese microbiologist Shiro Ishii, was a covert biological warfare research … Read more

Woman with bound feet, photograph by John Thomson
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Footbinding in China: 25+ old pictures of lotus feet in China

Footbinding, 缠足, is the antique custom of traditional Chinese society of binding the feet of girls painfully tight to prevent further growth (lotus feet). Related: … Read more