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New texts published

Why do Chinese people suffer from a lack of love? – Ye Kuangzheng

Is love culturally determined? This insightful post explores the Chinese way of thinking about love, and the impact of deep cultural values on contemporary attitudes.

Why are artists always sensual? – Li Yinhe

Sexologist and sociologist Li Yinhe reflects on the sensuality of artists – if art is sublimation of desire, then it may also mean that artists have more desire than others.

How to understand innovation? – Zhou Qiren

A visit to Israel is an opportunity for economist Zhou Qiren to reflect on the nature of innovation, and the national features that support its expansion.

Who made us more tolerant of ugly actions? – Wen Qiong 

A dinner with mid-ranking government officials slightly older than him offers Wen Qiong a sudden insight into our moral expectations. Confronting them with contemporary social evils, they call on the wisdom of age. In response, this post reflects on the dangers of excessive tolerance.

Why are people more rational on Weixin? – Muran

Comparing China’s two main social media channels – more public Weibo and more private Weixin – cultural analyst Muran reflects on the alleged rationalist of Weixin.

Can boycotting Christmas save Chinese culture? – Chu Qing

The end of the calendar year in China is also the time for a particular phenomenon: a wave of ‘anti-Christmas’ demonstrations. This rejection of Western festivals is intended to protect Chinese culture.

A lonely hotpot – Yang Wenyi

What kind of memories come with food? This post reflects on hotpots past and present.

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Talking about books – Li Tianqi

Some people are obsessed with books. What are the psychological traits and aspirations that come along with this obsession? This post by intellectual Li Tianqi presents the confession of a Chinese bookaholic.

Love is a double-edged sword – Li Yinhe

Love is not a simple thing. Reflecting on the story of a friend involved in an affair, sexologist and sociologist Li Yinhe offers insights into the complexities of love and marriage in today’s China.

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Anger won’t accomplish anything – Yezi

Anger is a natural reaction when facing irrational or arbitrary setbacks – but what is its ultimate usefulness? This short piece advocates for a wiser, more balanced approach to life, and warns about the dangers of blind anger.

Zhengzhou – Wei Zhou

Part of a series of journeys across China, this piece by travel-writer Wei Zhou offers a tour through the Henan provincial capital. Where Zhengzhou’s long history, transport, and contemporary culture is described.

Chinese people’s fear of aging – Zhu Dake

Recent announcement that retirement age may shift to 65 caused great concern and resentment in China. Inadequate pension and health systems, added to the demographic consequences of the one-child policy, may explain the overall anxiety of today’s Chinese people when it comes to aging. But – the author contends – every age in China has to face their own fears.

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Why not commit suicide – Li Yinhe

When your husband is having an extra-marital affair, how should you react? Recently, a Chinese woman decided that a suicide attempt would be the right way to go. Reflecting on this event, sociologist Li Yinhe proposes an ethical reflection on adultery, and the various forms it takes in contemporary China.

The death and birth of online literature – Jianhan Qiushui

A legacy from last year’s Marco Polo Festival of Digital Literature, this piece explores the current and future developments of internet literature in China – arguing that as media converge, the distinction between paper novels, TV series and internet literature diminishes – one story circulates across media.

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New texts published

This is what academia looks like – Zhang Ming

The Liaoning Daily sent a range of reporters to lectures in Humanities and Social Sciences in universities around China, and denounced their deviation from political orthodoxy. Based on this altercation, this piece by Zhang Ming offers a critical and ironic look at the situation of academic discussion in Chinese universities today.

Love and revolution (7) – Ye Fu

As the Battle of Wuhan rages, the romance of Ye Fu’s uncle blooms, and fades, in this seventh chapter of a family story.

I have a home in New York – Li Jingrui

An exploration of New York Boroughs and neighbourhoods through the eyes of an international Chinese visitors: the wealthy Upper East Side, hipster Brooklyn, Flushing Chinatown.

Democracy vs vested interests – Muran

A reflection on the power of excessive discourse: everybody talks about democracy, but with many various motivations. Can this inflation of discourse change the nature of democracy, and sign the triumph of vested interests? A sharp systematic look at the various theories challenging the possibility of democracy in China.

New translations completed

Framing discussions on the rule of law in contemporary China, He Weifang’s  Police Powers and the rule of law looks at the question from the angle of law enforcement, and how police forces are managed in contemporary China. Translation by Samuel Hal.

Published in Yi Sha’s online anthology, Poems for a new century, Life and death over there‘ by Chen Haobo takes a cold, detached look at rural suicide. Translation by Eugenie Ho.


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

Avant garde

New texts published

Reading is an invitation to be free – Yu Ge

How much is a book worth? After winning a collection of academic books during a betting session for the World Cup, essayist Yu Ge reflects on the paradoxes of book discounts and book censorship – and what they tell us about the value of reading.

Springtime – Li Jingrui

Sometimes, the everyday matters more than the exceptional. What happens when springtime comes in your life? This simple, personal post talks of body, mind and feelings – small anecdotes of today’s urban life – and the psyche of a young woman living in metropolitan China.

Reflecting on the Shanghai stampede – Zhang Tianpan

On New Year’s Eve, 35 people died on the Bund, crushed by the crowd, after fake bank bills were thrown from the windows of a nearby hotel. Cultural analyst Zhang Tianpan, with usual depth of thought, goes beyond the sensational to reflect on similar mass movements that occurred elsewhere in China, and what they reveal about contemporary Chinese people’s experience of public space.

Love and revolution (5) – Ye Fu

In the fifth instalment of this family saga, Ye Fu takes us back to the Battle of Wuhan, and the surprising blossoming of a love story among the fights of the late 1930s.

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After much insistence, a young Chinese woman finally convinced her parents to get a passport – and yet her mother still finds the prospect of a trip overseas too extravagant. This leads to some inner reflection – why would one want money? To change perspectives, writers Zhao Jianfei in ‘What I want is not more money, but more choice‘, the capacity to look at the world from diverse angles. An apology of the spiritual benefits of materialism from contemporary China. Translation by Eugenie Ho.