The Wall Street Journal


Brave New China

 •  November 27

“To write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric,” said the German philosopher Theodor W. Adorno in 1949. In the dystopian parable “Death Fugue,”...

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MPavilion Finds a Home in Australia

 •  November 20

It has been called a treasure box, a flower and a butterfly. Yet at first glance, MPavilion in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens looks like a...

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Australian Director Sophie Hyde Explores Family Ties

 •  September 4

What is it like to have a mother who changes from a Jane to a James? The Australian avant-garde film "52 Tuesdays" deals with exactly that question....

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An Aboriginal Dance Company Explores Australia’s Cultural History

 •  August 28

A young lieutenant from the First Fleet that landed in Australia in the late 18th century made friends with a 15-year-old girl from the local Eora...

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Fifty Shades of Jade: Erotic Writer Takes On China’s Qing Dynasty

 •  August 12

Before “Sex and the City,” “Girls,” and “Fifty Shades of Grey,” there was “Eat Me,” a novel by Linda Jaivin about the sexual...

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The Godfather of Chinese Rock ’n’ Roll Talks Tiananmen

 •  June 4

The birth of Chinese rock ’n’ roll can be pinned to 1986, when 24-year-old Cui Jian sang “Nothing to My Name” in a nationally televised...

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A Chinese Novelist Goes Global

 •  April 25

Chinese author Mai Jia was born in 1964 in a small coastal village — just 40 kilometers from Hangzhou, but, he says, a far cry from that nearby...

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Through the Gates of a Chinese Hell

 •  August 29

London -- In 2009, the Chinese author Ma Jian was traveling through China's poverty-stricken countryside when he saw the body of a newborn girl...

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Mood Swings at Beijing’s Water Cube

 •  June 25

Beijing’s Water Cube is perhaps best known as the place where Michael Phelps won eight gold medals. This week, it became the site for something...

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Absurdist China

 •  November 8

Life is nothing but a circus. Such is the message of Yan Lianke's absurdist "Lenin's Kisses," a tale of political lunacy and greed set in modern-day...

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