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Confucius and Opium: China Book Reviews

  2.   Literary
  3. Saturday, 07 March 2020
Have foreigners shaped China’s history to a greater extent than has previously been acknowledged, reaching back possibly millennia? Was Confucius’ most famous book, the Analects, inspired by entheogenic medicines imported from abroad, possession of which in the 1930s brought one before the firing sq...

At the Teahouse Café: Essays from the Middle Kingdom by Isham Cook review

  2.   Literary
  3. Monday, 03 February 2020
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Writing China in English: Recent novels

  2.   Literary
  3. Friday, 31 January 2020
If there was ever a story with an extreme cultural divide to navigate, it’s A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo (Anchor, 2008). A young woman from rural China is plopped down in London for a year on a study visa with little English ability or understanding of Western cultur...

The adorable expat eccentric

  2.   Literary
  3. Thursday, 23 January 2020
A lazy, hidebound assumption has long held sway about people who work as English teachers abroad: it’s the only job the “losers” and “bottom feeders” can find, as they lack the qualifications to hack out a career back home. But it’s a hackneyed cliché, one that obscures the real class of losers. Thi...

Midnight in Peking and True Crime Fiction

  2.   Literary
  3. Saturday, 11 January 2020
Bird’s-eye view of Fox Tower (bottom) looking west along the Tartar City Wall toward Hata Gate (top) in this bronze relief map of 1949 Beijing (Beijing Planning Exhibition Hall; photo by Isham Cook). Paul French’s Midnight in Peking: How a Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old ...

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