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15-06-2022

New: Li Ziqi and Chinese Rural Utopia

By Martin Esseman
This video essay is an attempt to begin the conversation about how we might cultivate a desire for a new type of future in the face of climate change and environmental destruction. It is not meant to be a comprehensive criticism of the kind of content creation practices that Li has made so popular in recent years, but rather a discussion of the context in which it emerged. Any discussion of the ethicality of non-Western cultural phenomena in a Western context very easily ends up being heavily coloured by the centuries of continuing political propaganda, and even well-meaning efforts to promote certain practices might end up replicating the same colonial hierarchies. If this video seems strangely devoid of political critique it is to avoid making this mistake. I advise any curious viewer to look up the references mentioned in this video for themselves, and to make up their own mind, if only to broaden their horizon.

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