(from Sina China, 8/13.)

The peace and quiet of a traditional Chinese courtyard in Beijing is suddenly broken with the arrival of a group of people from Taiwan in 1937. Soon after, a smokeless and bloodless war breaks out in the courtyard as a more conventional war against Japanese aggression spreads across the nation.

That's the story of the new drama from the Beijing People's Art Theatre (BPAT). Titled Homeland (Gu Yuan), the play handles the cultural clashes that took place between ordinary people from the Chinese mainland and Taiwan and their united strength in fighting against Japanese aggression, demonstrating a little-known chapter of war history.

"The play portrays the patriotic feelings of individuals and draws attention to a group of people that were rarely noticed," said director Tang Ye. 


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