Chinese Theater: From Its Origins to the Present Day

University of Hawaii Press
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University of Hawaii Press
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Published on
Dec 31, 1988
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Pages
220
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ISBN
9780824812201
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Asia / China
Performing Arts / General
Performing Arts / Theater / History & Criticism
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