Beijing

 

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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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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Pollution in China: Precious art from toxic waste

 •  July 17

In 2013, Beijing saw a mere 25 days of ‘good’ air quality. The readings, with ‘good’ defined by US standards, demonstrate the single most...

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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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Ai Weiwei is back in production with his Fake studio and his team of assistants. What does art mean now to the dissident?

 •  May 2

When I sit down with Ai Weiwei, the first thing he does is aim his iPhone at me. We are in Ai’s cathedral-like home-cum-studio, in the dusty...

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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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Why China’s rich want to live in McMansions and fake châteaux

 •  April 25

Three types of people buy European or American-style villas in China, says Peng Rong, marketing director for real estate agent Yuan He. “The first...

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Heiress Veronica Chou on her Beijing ‘courtyard house in the sky’

 •  April 4

“We want[ed] to build a courtyard house in the sky,” says Veronica Chou, the Hong Kong textile heiress, as she waves her manicured hands around...

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In conversation with… Bidisha

 •  March 6

Bidisha was just 14 when she started writing for UK arts magazines, 16 when she signed her first book deal, and 18 when her novel Seahorses was...

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Making noise – the intrinsic protest of rock bands in Beijing

 •  March 6

In Beijing, bands rock'n'roll but with Chinese characteristics, writes Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore.  "The place is very rock'n'roll," Ben Ben...

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