A Comprehensive List Of Books Banned In China

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Books That Have Been, or Are Currently Banned In China

Censorship is alive and well in China.

The following list of books were banned (or are currently banned) due to a wide range of excuses. If you haven't, you should read some as they shine truth on a country with a checkered past. A few of the books on the list have been banned all over the world. It shows how far we've come and how far we still have to go to limit censorship.

Enjoy the following books that have been banned in China, or are currently not available to the public to consume.

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1. Animal Farm

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Reason it was banned: Rebellion against government, Presidential term limits.

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2. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

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Reason it was banned: humanizing animals, the notion that humans and animals are equal.

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3. Green Eggs and Ham

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Reason it was banned: According to NYPL.org "in 1965 it was forbidden to read Green Eggs and Ham in Maoist China because of its "portrayal of early Marxism".

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4. Zhuan Falun

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Reason it was banned: The Chinese communist party thinks it is a "menace to society".

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5. Big River, Big Sea

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Reason it was banned: The People Republic of China was threatened by the content of Lung Ying-tai's work.

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6. Mao: The Untold Story

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Reason it was banned: critical of the Chinese government.

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7. China's Best Actor

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Reason it was banned: scathing critique of Wen Jiabao

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8. Beijing Doll

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Reason it was banned: The candid exploration of a young girl's sexual awakening.

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9. Shanghai Baby

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Reason it was banned: For being "decadent".

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10. Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

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Reason it was banned: depiction of Mao, war stories.

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11. Life and Death in Shanghai

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Reason it was banned: author shared her stories of false imprisonment and torture under Chinese rule.

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12. The Tiananmen Papers

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Reason it was banned: criticsm of the Chinese government, claims the author falsified documents.

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