I was delighted and thrilled when Capital M asked if I’d moderate Da Chen’s session that is to take place during its international literature festival. I usually say yes to such request. It’s usually excellent fun and a good opportunity to get to know a fellow writer, let know a writer I admire and I… Continue reading moderating Da Chen’s session at 1 pm on Saturday March 9, 2013
Man Who Had Mother Executed Wants Tomb Honored Zhang Hongbing says officials should allow him to mark the dark chapter in the country’s history, but they refuse By staff reporters Zhou Qun and Chen Baocheng a (Beijing) – “I am willing to humble my soul and publicly confess to my mother who died because of… Continue reading a tragic but true story about the CR reported in Caxin
Bend, Not Break: A Life in Two Worlds by Fu Ping, a prominent business woman, is a memoir about the author’s misery in China and her glory in the US. It sounds another from ‘rags to Richs’ inspiring tale. Or maybe not so after myth-buster and well-known blogger Fang Zhouzi and others have challenged her.… Continue reading bend, break or made-up?
On February 17, 1979, Chinese People’s Liberation Army went cross the border into Vietnam to launch an offensive war. It was in response to Vietnam’s invasion of Cambodia the year earlier. Deng Xiaoping, China’s paramount leader, regarded the action as Soviet Union’s evil intention to expanse in Southeast Asia. On March 5, China retreated and… Continue reading Sino-Vietnamese War and Its Lesson
Vipers and Beasts in the Year of the Little Dragon Posted on 8 February 2013 by Geremie R Barmé A general wariness surrounds the Snake, one of the twelve zoological signs of the traditional Chinese calendar, and not only because the reptile inspires fear and repulsion. The Chinese word ‘snake’ she 蛇 is homophonous with… Continue reading for those who want to know more about the Year of the Snake
I am going to spend the first few days of the Chinese New Year in Beijing before heading to Vietnam. I’ve lived for some 16 years in Beijing, but hardly spent the most important festival here. For a few years I went home to Nanjing to visit my family. Mostly I escaped to somewhere warm… Continue reading The Chinese New Year – what is the fuss about?