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Michael Meyer: See You Again, Old Beijing

The American travel writer Michael Meyer recently went on a book tour in China for the Chinese version of his book, “The Last Days of Old Beijing”. From The Slate Book Review: I’m nearing the end of a three-week...

Mainland Chinese in Hong Kong

Joy Yang, a mainland Chinese who now works in Hong Kong, shares her observations of the rising hostility between local residents and mainlanders. From South China Morning Post: […I] realise that having a happy life in Hong...

Can Traditional Chinese Medicine Survive?

At Aeon Magazine, James Palmer describes the political, economic and cultural drives behind the $60 billion Traditional Chinese Medicine industry in China and Hong Kong, and its uneasy relationship with science and modern...

How Mao Became a Hipster Icon

While the fall of Bo Xilai and suppression of leftist revivalism shows a significant dip in Mao’s posthumous political standing, he remains, for some, a potent symbolic alternative to the country’s social and...

Culture’s Long March from Revolution to Crises

From the English version of Caixin: Flames of the Cultural Revolution from 1966 to 1976 consumed many but also engendered a skeptical generation that’s marched along a winding road of Chinese cultural change for the past...

Xinran: Five Books to Understand China

On the Five Books blog, author and journalist Xinran lists the five books she thinks everyone should read the understand Chinese culture. About the first book on the list, Dream of the Red Chamber: Why is it so important to you?...

Uighur Children’s ‘Identities Changed’

Uighur children at an orphanage in Urumqi, Xinjiang Province, are renamed with Han Chinese names and disciplined for adhering to a Muslim diet.  Radio Free Asia reports: Children belonging to the ethnic Uyghur minority at an...

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