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Jun 18, 2022 09:55 PM
WEEKEND LONG READ

Weekend Long Read: Chinese History Offers Lessons on Sustaining Charitable Giving

A fan decorated with influential charity figures in China’s history (from left to right): Guo Jie, Liu Zai, and Zhang Jian.
A fan decorated with influential charity figures in China’s history (from left to right): Guo Jie, Liu Zai, and Zhang Jian.

Throughout China’s history, influential figures have committed to charitable acts to serve the community. Such philanthropy was not systematic, organized, or passed on to the following generation, but it did lay the foundation for the clan and merchant charity of later years. Meanwhile, the relationship between private acts of charity and the government has featured complex individual and temporal variations.

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