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1000 BCE:Book of Poetry #12: The Magpie’s Nest

How times have changed! When I started studying Chinese, in the last days of the Mao Dynasty (Mao’s son Mao Anying was killed during the Korean War supposedly when, against advice, he left shelter to go out and cook egg … Continue reading

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2019: HK Writer Hon Lai-chu — “Today’s Is Not the Only Reality”

Years of passionate protest for legality and citizen rights in Hong Kong by great numbers of people came to an end with what now seems to be the now seemingly definitive subjugation of the Hong Kong rights movement. Only a … Continue reading

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The Book of Poetry’s Wandering Goddess of Wuhan: Mortal or Goddess or Both?

In reading ancient Chinese texts, be they medical texts like the Yellow Emperor’s Inner Canon of Medicine Huangdi Neijing 皇帝内经 or ancient philosophical or literary texts like the Book of Odes aka Book of Poetry aka Book of Songs Shijing … Continue reading

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Machine vs. Legge&Waley: Shijing 1-6 Peach-Tree

From Chapter one of The Odes aka 《詩經 – Book of Poetry》. A machine translation of the articles on this ode Peach-tree 桃夭 from the Chinese literary website 5000yan.com. The Chinese Text Project page for this ode is also helpful. … Continue reading

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2007: Ran Yunfei: Food During the 1959-61 Famine

Ran Yunfei is scholarly Chengdu writer who writes about education, society, history and literary topics. He has tried to avoid politics, but trying to write the truth about history and society easily gets writers into trouble with the Chinese Communist … Continue reading

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Rightist Memoir XVIII: Purgatory in Heavy Chains

From Kong Lingping’s memoir. For a list of earlier installments see Kong Lingping’s Rightist Memoir I: “Blood Chronicle” By Long-time Prisoner of Mao Zedong I knew Kong Lingping when I worked in Chengdu at the US Consulate General 2007 – 2012. The … Continue reading

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1999: Jonathan Spence and Yu Ying-shih on Chinese Intellectuals’ Early 20th Century Journey

The article translated below gives a wonderful big picture overview of China in the mind of China and of the West surrounding the megaquestion of how Chinese wanted their country to move forward. Many observations Jonathan Spence and Yu Ying-shih … Continue reading

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2021: Chinese SF/Ham Radio Web Novel: We Live in Nanjing

I follow the Shenyang Amateur Radio Club on Weibo social media. They passed along a glowing review of new online novel We Live in Nanjing in which a ham radio operator plays a central role. This novel, by Tianrui Shuofu, … Continue reading

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1929: Hu Shih’s Letter to his Son: Be the Best Person You Can Be

This letter from Hu Shih to his son, written as his eldest son Hu Tsu-wang (1919 – 2005) was sent away to a boarding school at the age of ten, is being shared widely on the Internet in China. Much … Continue reading

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Chinese Workers on Their Lives: Self-Representation in “New Workers’ Literature”

A discussion of the new workers’ literature movement in China exemplified by the journal New Workers’ Literature edited by Fan Yusu. Fan’s autobiographical account “I am Fan Yusu” (translated this blog) got wide attention when it was published in 2017. … Continue reading

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