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The Dark Room Problem

Award-winning sci-fi author Chen Qiufan investigates how technology manipulates our consciousness in this short story

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Restaurant of The Thousand Arms | Fiction

Short story writer Hu Yuesheng offers a modern update on the wuxia novel

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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

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Friend, Could You Write Up a Plan? | Poetry

A poem on future planning by Shanghai-based writer Sirongyun

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Hi-Lee-Bon | Fiction

An old man and a mysterious snack set the scene for this cynical and humorous tale by Zheng Zaihuan

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Balcony | Fiction

Sun Pin’s short story explores the foibles of romanticism in the modern day

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The Butterfly Effect: Redeeming China’s Early Romance Novels

How “Mandarin Duck and Butterfly,” a romantic literary movement from early 20th century China, became forgotten in the tides of modernization

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Taipei Terrors | Book Review

Taiwanese ghost story “Whisper” rummages through the island’s past and present for a local spin on horror, but fails to lend luster to worn-out tropes

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The Raw and Unabashed Poetry of Yu Xiuhua | Book Review

Yu Xiuhua’s “Moonlight Rests on My Left Palm” is a celebration of the power of straight-talking

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Red All About It

The enduring cult appeal of an 18th-century literary classic

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