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Review: The sassy documentary 'People's Republic of Desire' captures China's mania for live streaming

Review: The sassy documentary 'People's Republic of Desire' captures China's mania for live streaming

Influential Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping may or may not have said, “to get rich is glorious,” but regardless, he couldn’t have imagined some of the ways his country’s citizens would amass enormous wealth, or the ways that wealth would be used.

As examined and explained in the smart, sassy and provocative documentary “People’s Republic of Desire,” live streaming exists in China to an extent unheard of in this country. Statistics claim that 433 million Chinese watch live streaming, on track to generate $4.4 billion in revenue in 2018.

More than that, live streaming hosts can earn enormous sums, up to a reported $200,000 a month and more, just for having the kind of personality...

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