Men playing cards

New texts published

Why so many tiger mums and wolf dads? – Yu Ge 

The concept of ‘tiger mum’ and ‘wolf dad’ have been popularised in China – but what is the ultimate consequence of this form of education, not only for individuals, but society as a whole?

Equality is a complex concept – Ye Kuangzheng

A philosophical inquiry into the concept of ‘equality’ as it is articulated by Ancient and Modern philosophers, in China and the West.

Don’t turn the cities into graveyards – Ye Kuangzheng

As Beijing government is taking down street kiosks selling food, water and papers, cultural analyst Ye Kuangzheng warns of the danger to turn the city into a graveyard.

My June self – Douhao

How pleasant are the last weeks of a student before graduation. Blogger Douhao reflects on these last moments of intellectual engagement under the June rain.

Two modes of living I most enjoy – Li Yinhe

Calm and ecstasy both have their unique appeal. In this short reflective peace, Li Yinhe describes her moments of pleasure hovering between these two states of mind.

Where is China’s outstanding generation? – Zheng Yongnian 

As China faces the risk of a crisis, leadership becomes a question. What is the current situation of Chinese political and social elites? Singaporean analyst Zheng Yongnian inquires into the ruling layers of the country.

Temples and countryside – Lan Ran

A romantic journey through the memories of monks and hermits, this piece evokes the happiness of a religious life spent between temples and natural environments.

Telephone call with an old friend – Zhao Qian

Reconnecting with an old friend after an illness, blogger Zhao Qian measures the distance that now separates them.

Shanghai nanjing lu

New texts published

The art of curbing prostitution – Muran

Prostitution is not a new phenomenon, in China no more than outside China. In this piece, Muran looks back at various forms of the practice, including royal concubines and official mistresses, and reflects on the various dimensions of prostitution-like situations in China.

We need another new culture movement – Zhu Dake

In this speech commemorating the 100 years of the ‘New Culture’ movement, cultural analyst Zhu Dake reflects on the contemporary state of culture in China, and calls for a Renaissance.

What’s a real friend like – Li Yinhe

Reflective soul, emotional alignment, and the unique capacity to make you feel warm, these are the features defining in a real friend.

New translations completed

What’s good about Shanghai? – Tang Yalin

With pressure and pollution, why would anybody want to move to a Chinese first tier city? In this post, writer Tang Yalin shares the reason for staying in Shanghai: in Shanghai, you can live your own life. This translation was completed by Margherita Perco

Poems from Singapore

Our Singapore lead,Ting Wei Tai, organised an event at Raffles Institution inviting students to translate local poems. Discover new voices from the South East Asian metropolis with these four poems: Left, Medical history, Legacy, Waking up at night.

This column offers a weekly digest of the latests pieces published on our website and our most recently completed translations.

Walking away

New texts published

Why did Chinese people invent noodles? – Wei Zhou

Get the culture behind your Lamian. This informed piece by blogger Wei Zhou offers a history of noodle making, presenting this northern Chinese staple as a major technological invention.


Who said men don’t need close friends? – 1874 CE

Two Chinese buddies go to the movies together – and choose to watch a girls’ movie, then hang out eating vanilla ice-cream. A short, insightful reflection on male friendship in contemporary China, and the need for emotional companionship, regardless of gender.


Patients or customers? New models for medicine – China 30s

China 30s is a Shanghai-based magazine offering monthly interviews with leading young Chinese innovators. This piece shares the story of obstretrician Gong Xiaoming, who believes the relationship between patient and doctor is one of service: a rare insight into the changing world of Chinese health provision and its implicit value system.

We actually have a choice – Zhou Baosong

Hong Kong intellectual Zhou Baosong walks among the protesting crowds with his young daughter – and meditates on civil disobedience, collective choice, and individual freedom.


New translations

Is there something essentially fraught with the structures of contemporary Chinese art? Possibly, writes blogger Lucia, based on her observations of university friends graduating in fine arts. And so, in ‘The Daydream of a non-professional artist, she proposes a utopian alternative: deprofessionalise art, bypass corrupt institutions and return to spontaneous creative expression.

China’s international rise causes numerous anxieties, in particular among immediate neighbours. The Chinese government promotes a discourse of ‘peaceful expansion’, but how and why exactly is Chinese culture intrinsically peaceful? Singaporean expert Zheng Yongnan, in ‘Important Questions about the new silk road‘, raises a few questions about the use of this geopolitical concept, and shows how – if handled well – it could provide the basis for harmonious development in the region.