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Entertainment in China has always held an ambivalent status due to moral and political concerns. Culturally speaking it sits uneasily within a tradition that allows only modest entertainment for the ruler who supposedly should set the model for all behavior. Prone to be associated with moral decadence and excessive living, entertainment has always come under the control of local as well as central governments. Entertainment is defined here as a socially mediated and often public activity. The am…

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Yeh, Catherine V., “Entertainment”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 28 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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