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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Poet Jang Jin-sung’s secrets and lines

 •  July 26

It was Kim Jong-il’s unclad feet that undid his divinity. In 1999, Jang Jin-sung, a former state poet laureate from North Korea, was summoned to...

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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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Time piece: Tehching Hsieh exhibition

 •  May 24

On September 30, 1978, the Taiwanese-American artist Tehching Hsieh, then an illegal immigrant in New York, locked himself in a cage. He stayed...

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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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China’s design playground gives world’s top architects free rein

 •  April 13

When the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Wang Shu was asked to build a villa by an ambitious Chinese property tycoon he was given a simple spec. The...

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