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Keyword: Alternative Space 

ZHANG Yaxuan; Translator: WU Bo


This article discusses the connotation of the term ‘alternative space’, and explores the evolution of alternative spaces for Chinese independent films in the past decades. The author reflects upon the origin of alternative spaces, their locality, development, features, administrative properties, and significance in the Chinese social and cultural context. Some reflections are conclusive, yet also adequately descriptive of the current reality of the subject, which, according to the author, is still in development.