LANGUAGE

Out of the Cloud Chamber: How to Help Chinese Poetry Go West?

Meet the new wave of scholars and translators making the untranslatable relatable

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BOOKS

The Rouge Street Blues: A New Translation Breathes Life into China’s Rustbelt

A translation of Shuang Xuetao, one of China’s brightest millennial writers, finally brings one of the country’s new generation of authors to English-language readers

BOOKS

Turning the Page on a Male-Centric Sci-Fi World

A new science fiction and fantasy anthology shows the best of China’s growing canon of female and non-binary authors

BOOKS

The Simple Lines and Grand Designs of Shangyang Fang’s Poetry

Shangyang Fang’s acclaimed debut poetry collection meditates on desire and despair with quotes from Tang poets and techniques from Western classical music

BOOKS

Myth and Mechas: “Iron Widow” Sees Historical Figures Piloting Robots | Book Review

Wu Zetian defeats giant robot (and the patriarchy) in new novel

BOOKS

Chinese Sci-Fi Beyond “The Three Body Problem” | Book Review

Newly translated short stories map out China’s sci-fi universe for English readers

BOOKS

Exploring Humanity’s Many Possible AI Futures | Book Review

Entrepreneur Kai-Fu Lee and sci-fi writer Chen Qiufan weave fiction and technical explanation to illustrate the opportunities and pitfalls of artificial intelligence

ARTS

The Eternal Expats

Somerset Maugham’s vignettes on colonial life still offer illuminating insights a century on

BOOKS

Great Expectations

With US-China relations facing fresh challenges, a new book ponders if history offers clues to its future

BOOKS

Trekking Cat Country

Everybody Shareskyism, hwala-fuszji, and the importance of wearing trousers in Lao She’s sci-fi satire

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