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Tencent News writer Li Yan examines the historical, cultural and technical reasons behind plagiarism in China. He doesn’t hold back his criticism of a society that tolerates plagiarism and concludes that the real culprits aren’t the people who’ve built their success on fraud, but their audiences who aspire to the same success and accept plagiarizers uncritically as “life mentors.” getAbstract recommends this analysis to readers with an interest in Chinese society and the historical background behind today’s trends.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What historical and sociological aspects have led to general tolerance for plagiarism,
  • Why some loopholes in the legal and academic system encourage plagiarism, and
  • How some recent high-profile cases of plagiarism in China have played out.

About the Author

Li Yan writes for Tencent News. This article was published in Tencent’s Culture section. 



A rise in cases of plagiarism and academic fraud in China is tarnishing the reputations of Chinese universities. But they don’t shock the general public so much. On the contrary, people often fiercely criticize journalists who uncover such cases. At a time when incidents are rising, why do many Chinese view plagiarism as normal and justified?

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