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Shanzhai

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Shanzhai - (Chinese: 山寨; pinyin: shānzhài; Cantonese Jyutping: saan1 zaai6; Vietnamese: sơn trại) is the Chinese umbrella term for the phenomenon of the production of morphed copies and counterfeit goods, distorting and subverting a supposed Western authority of luxury commodities.

“The basic idea is that there’s a transparency to the copying, a self-consciousness that it is fake and an intentionality to the mistakes in its design… You are referencing the authority and price-point of the original — but at the same time communicating you have the fake and you know it.” Radboy explains. [1]

Excerpt from the PUNK zine

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  1. ^ “Shanzhai Biennial 3: 100 Hamilton Terrace” dis magazine, 2022