China’s Propaganda Effort Goes Ethnic

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HONG KONG – The Chinese government has unveiled plans to make at least one film for each of its 55 ethnic minority groups.

The scheme was unveiled Sunday by the State Ethnic Affairs Commission, which said that more than 20 of the country’s ethnic groups had never been properly represented on screen.
The official Xinhua news service said that the first four films would represent the Mongol, Manchu, Dong and Qiang groups.

China has long produced propaganda films through its state-controlled studios, though the films’ popularity has waned in recent years.

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