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Copies of THE SASSOON FILES Ordered Destroyed by Chinese Government

jimbojones1971

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There was a wargame printed there (I can't remember the name) that had Taiwan's flag (which is the pre-Communist Republic of China flag) on the cover of the box. They had to put a sticker over the flag before they could ship the game out of the country I think?
 

FirstWave

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China should lose a lot of printing business for their overzealous censorship. They have no right to censor products for other countries. It's pathetic and fearful to censor map names and the mention of dissenters. I will never forget Tank Man.
 

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The Sassoon Files were successfully printed in China, but they failed to pass some sort of Chinese-government inspection, and so the books were evidently ordered to be destroyed.
This is what growing up in a ultraconservative totalitarian fascist regime is like. There was likely no problem with the book -- although no one can know what China's ridiculous laws do day-to-day. I'm going to guess that the low-level official was probably testing his authority.

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Chris.
 

Toa

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There was likely no problem with the book -- although no one can know what China's ridiculous laws do day-to-day. I'm going to guess that the low-level official was probably testing his authority.
Considering the article linked above by ANT Pogo ANT Pogo , I'd say there was probably a map of some Chinese territories that was considered not up to par. Especially likely since it's a map of 1920's China.
 

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This is what growing up in a ultraconservative totalitarian fascist regime is like. There was likely no problem with the book -- although no one can know what China's ridiculous laws do day-to-day. I'm going to guess that the low-level official was probably testing his authority.

Cheers,

Chris.
The party took a very hands off attitude towards english language works for a long time, not enough chinese citizens "who might be susceptible to false virtues" (read: not rich party members) read english so they just sort of let things go.

Lately, Xi (party leader/ president [for life? Changed the constitution so he could get another 10 year term]) has emphasized social harmony and the rumor mill is that english language products are included.

Of course, they could just have had legacy flags and "pornography" - aka RPG skimpy art - or depictions of drug use, which have been illegal forever.
 

Slushie Mandrake

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Instead of considering publisher as martyrs of free speech does anyone think this is pretty much only logical conclusion of printing your books in totalitarian regime because it is cheap.
 

theliel

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Instead of considering publisher as martyrs of free speech does anyone think this is pretty much only logical conclusion of printing your books in totalitarian regime because it is cheap.
Largely this is just taking a page from apple, google, -or any other late stage capitalism entity.

And yes, all the articles with all the handwringing about being "unfeasible" without printing in a censors country is annoying.

Y'all (printing industry) made choices that led to this.
 

Miss Atomic Bomb

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Instead of considering publisher as martyrs of free speech does anyone think this is pretty much only logical conclusion of printing your books in totalitarian regime because it is cheap.
Largely this is just taking a page from apple, google, -or any other late stage capitalism entity.

And yes, all the articles with all the handwringing about being "unfeasible" without printing in a censors country is annoying.

Y'all (printing industry) made choices that led to this.
My understanding from the KS page is that Jesse Conver lives in China.
 
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