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Hanshan: Investigating the life of Chinese literature’s most mysterious poet

The poet Hanshan 寒山, a name meaning “Cold Mountain,” ranks as one of the most eccentric and mysterious figures…

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Jin Yong, China’s late great novelist, was a world-creator who shaped Chinese imagination

Clockwise from top left: The Deer and the Cauldron; Book and Sword; Gratitude and Revenge; The Return of the Condor Heroes; The Smiling,…

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Writing from In-Between: A Conversation with Yan Ge

The Ireland-based Chengdu native and award-winning author of The Chilli Bean Paste Clan shares her thoughts on…

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Mingbai: Lu Xun, ‘father of modern Chinese literature,’ the doctor of souls

Mingbai (明白, meaning “understand”), written by Christian Føhrby and Deng Jie, is a…

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The SupChina Literature Quiz

It’s the last Thursday of the month, which means it’s quiz time! Last month was the SupChina…

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A Yi’s ambition — and his ruin: One writer’s search for roots in a rootless time

“Their paranoia, their psyches and phobias, are a reflection of reality.”   It was on an ordinary night…

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The great romantic of 20th-century Chinese poetry, Xu Zhimo

This past spring, I traveled to rural Zhejiang Province to participate in a poetry event. At one of the…

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U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith on Chinese poetry, language, and the allure of China

“Because I have this other language, I have a different emphasis, a different cadence that I now…

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