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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...

Translation: Don’t Speak/Please Remember Them

These poems, attributed to 伯罗奔尼撒, or “Peloponnese,” were posted to WeChat by user 1号档案馆, or “Number 1 Archive.” CDT Chinese editors have archived them, and they are translated below with added links for...

Translation: Poems From a Wuhan Nurse

The following poetry collection was written by “Wei Shuiyin” (弱水吟, given name Long Qiaoling 龙巧玲), who has been serving as a nurse in one of the dozen makeshift fangcang hospitals set up in Wuhan to combat the...

“On the Plateau,” by Shen Haobo

Poet and publisher Shen Haobo was born in 1976 in Taixing, Jiangsu Province. He is a leading figure in the “Lower Body Poets” (下半身写作) contemporary poetry movement. Follow Shen on his Sina blog and Weibo account. Following is a...

Evan Osnos: A Billion Stories

In his last Letter from China “for a while” at The New Yorker, Evan Osnos describes his fascination with the billion-plus individual stories making up that of China as a whole. One of them, he writes, belongs to Qi...

Bloggers, and Government, Respond to Pig Crisis

As close to 15,000 (and counting) pig carcasses are being pulled from the Huangpu River, the story has become a hot topic on weibo and elsewhere online in China, with cartoonists satirizing the scene and others questioning how...

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