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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...

“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...

Wen Jiabao: Please Forget Me

“China’s best actor” Wen Jiabao gave a surprising performance this week. From Josh Chin at China Real Time Report: In a recent speech to members of the Chinese community in Thailand, footage of which was posted...

Cha: An Asian Literary Journal: China Issue

The newest issue of Cha, the literary journal focused on Asia, is dedicated to China. From their introduction: “The China Issue” has now been launched. We would like to thank our guest editor Mai Mang (Yibing Huang)...

Dream Weaver

Time Magazine reviews a new book of poems by exiled poet Yang Lian, Lee Valley Poems: This collection — released last October in the U.K., but in the U.S. only last month — is a difficult but rich one, fully repaying the...

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