Category Archives: What I Read

Bits and pieces I read that relates to China.

Shanghai Literary Festival Where Students are Not Welcome. A Mundane Complaint, Literary Style.

There’s a much anticipated annual event, a bit of cultural breeze in this money-driven milieu, with their fancy name: Shanghai International Literary Festival. And you know what, they are so openly studentophobic. To my question 2 days ago why reduced-priced … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day – Rafael Poch-de-Feliu

‎”Antes de hablar de China, hay que aprender a mirarla.” – Prólogo de Rafael Poch-de-Feliu (“Before speaking of China, we first have to learn how to look at her” – own trans.) (LA ACTUALIDAD DE CHINA – UN MUNDO EN … Continue reading

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Chinasmack Article on Rural Sub Teachers

From BJNEWS: Rural substitute teachers attract attention, having no social status and bleak prospects They have no social status, they earn little, and they are called “substitute teachers”, referring to those who work in rural schools as temporary teachers without formal … Continue reading

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On Mo Yan´s Life and Death are Wearing me Out

Beijing resident Mò Yán (莫言) completed this epic doozie in 43 days. He is not only one of the most popular contemporary writers in China but the one his fellow countrymen pirate-copy the most, too. I love his name, which … Continue reading

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Go West Project – How the City Moved to Mr Sun

“A City must never be confused with the words that describe it. And yet between the one and the other there is a connection.” Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities First and utmost, if you look at it closely, you can see … Continue reading

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Book of the Day. Huang, Yibing – Contemporary Chinese Literature: From the Cultural Revolution to the Future

I wish it were available in China. Huang, Yibing – Contemporary Chinese Literature: From the Cultural Revolution to the Future This book by 1997 IDRF Fellow Yibing Huang offers a fresh and nuanced perspective into contemporary Chinese literature by presenting … Continue reading

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