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Society and Utopia in Liu Cixin

Adrian Thieret
p. 33-39


This article examines utopianism in contemporary China through the short stories “Taking Care of God” and “Taking Care of Humans” by best-selling science fiction author Liu Cixin. It argues that these stories constitute an ethical resistance to the shortcomings of the capitalist world order into which China has merged during the reform period. Read as a continuation of the modern Chinese utopian tradition as well as a reaction to contemporary trends, these stories offer an articulation of hope that a more just social order can yet be achieved despite the seemingly intractable problems facing the world today.

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Bibliographical reference

Adrian Thieret, « Society and Utopia in Liu Cixin », China Perspectives, 2015/1 | 2015, 33-39.

Electronic reference

Adrian Thieret, « Society and Utopia in Liu Cixin », China Perspectives [Online], 2015/1 | 2015, Online since 01 January 2017, connection on 20 May 2019. URL :

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About the author

Adrian Thieret

Adrian Thieret is a PhD candidate in modern Chinese literature at Stanford University.Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, 521 Memorial Way, Knight Building, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305 (

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