The Chinese backlash over Netflix’s 3 Body Problem, explained


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Netflix is banned in China — part of the government’s ongoing efforts to limit both foreign influence and Chinese citizens’ access to information about their own country. But that hasn’t stopped Chinese viewers, as well as Chinese state media, from weighing in on its highly anticipated adaptation of the Hugo Award-winning 2008 Chinese sci-fi novel The Three-Body Problem. Many people aren’t happy, yet there’s more to this particular backlash than just fan disgruntlement. The first of an esteemed trilogy sometimes known as Remembrance of Earth’s Past, the novel The Three-Body Problem is a high-concept fictionalization of a longstanding scientific enigma...