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Translation: “To the People of Hong Kong”

Chinese-Swiss poet Yang Lian has dedicated the following poem to the courageous demonstrators in Hong Kong as protests in the city enter into the 14th consecutive week. Yang Lian: To the People of Hong Kong You are the stars, we are the night; You ignite, we extinguish; You are Han, we are...

Song: Chinese Children

Zhou Yunpeng 周云蓬, 38, is a poet and folk singer based in Beijing. He went blind when he was nine. His last image of the colored world was the elephant in a zoo playing harmonica. This became an inspiration for him to write songs...

Is Zhang Ziyi Pretty or Not

The following poem was written by Tianjin-based poet Li Wei, translated by CDT: Is Zhang Ziyi pretty or not? Some say she’s pretty. Some say she’s not. Liu Ping in my office says she’s not pretty. However,...

A Morning with a Sunrise

This early spring I went to work at a private school The school is in a remote suburb Every morning I have to get up early to take a bus It is still dark Street lights are sleeping in the slow wind The streets seem cleaner than...

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