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Exiled Chinese author Ma Jian, whose newest novel The Dark Road saw its North American release yesterday, gave a very personal interview to the Daily Beast. The interview touches on everything from the...

One-Child Policy and Class Divide

Film director Zhang Yimou was accused earlier this month of violating China’s one-child policy, reportedly fathering as many as seven children with four different women. In a New York Times op-ed, author Ma Jian explains...

Ma Jian: China’s Barbaric One-Child Policy

More than 30 years have gone by since the introduction of China’s one-child policy in response to the Mao-era population boom. At The Guardian, author Ma Jian condemns the policy’s corrosive social effects, and the...

‘The Dark Road’ and Ma Jian on Censorship

Following the UK release of his latest novel, The Dark Road, the Index on Censorship talks to exiled writer Ma Jian about his career, Beijing’s longstanding ban on his work, the value of free expression, the legacy of...

The Gray Zone

In the New York Times, Louisa Lim and Jeffrey Wasserstrom write about the ways Chinese writers work around censorship restrictions: Exactly how Chinese writers navigate this complex political landscape can be seen in a single...

Exiled Author Ma Jian Banned from Visiting China

Author Ma Jian has been refused entry to China on a book-buying trip to Shenzhen. Given the country’s current political climate, he says, this was a development he had feared. From Tania Branigan in The Guardian: Citing...

Novelist ‘Astonished’ over Tiananmen

Asia Times interviews author Ma Jian: ATol: Beijing Coma also covers the decade after Tiananmen Square. What surprised you most about what happened in those years and thereafter? What changes did you expect after Tiananmen...

Ma Jian: The Great Tiananmen Taboo

From the Guardian: The amnesia to which China has succumbed is not the result of natural memory-loss but of state-enforced erasure. China’s Communist regime tolerates no mention of the massacre. But Tiananmen Square, and...

Melissa Holbrook Pierson: Strong Medicine

From The Nation: In a 2004 piece by the Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang, recently exhibited at the Guggenheim, a pack of life-size tigers writhe in midair, bristling with scores of arrows. They should be dead, with all those...

China’s New Freedom Fighters

As part of its Olympic run-up coverage, The Guardian interviews six of China’s most prominent activists and dissidents: novelist Ma Jian, AIDS activist Wan Yanhai, human rights lawyer Li Fangping, environmentalist Dai...

Tiananmen’s Wake

In the New Yorker, Pankaj Mishra reviews Ma Jian’s new novel, Beijing Coma: Ma Jian writes about China with the obsessiveness of a writer in exile who cares about only one society. There is no doubting his passion and...

Ma Jian: China’s Grief, Unearthed

Author Ma Jian writes in the New York Times about the need to grieve, not only for the victims of the recent earthquake, but for those killed on June 4: Watched on television screens around the world, the Tiananmen massacre was...

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