Category Archives: culture

Ian Johnson’s book tour in April, May, the US and China

The long anticipated book The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao by journalist Ian Johnson will hit the shelves in April and May, and is followed by an intensive book tour, mostly along academic institutions in the US and China.

Exploring China´s flower girls – Zhang Lijia

The leading Chinese magazine Caixin interviews author Zhang Lijia about her book Lotus: A Novel about prostitution in China. “Prostitutes are real people, and I wanted to expose that. Like any job, there are drawbacks. But their lives are not totally bleak either.”

Prostitution: a career move in an unequal society – Zhang Lijia

Author Zhang Lijia of the much-acclaimed book Lotus: A Novel on prostitution in China discusses with Eric Fish on the weblog of the Asia Society how Chinese women end up in this trade. While triggered off by inequality, it is a way to improve their lives, she says.

Why writing in English makes me freer – Zhang Lijia

Author Zhang Lijia of the recently published Lotus: A Novel is a native from Nanjing, but writes in English. Writing in her chosen language makes her feel more free, she explains in an interview with Mengfei Chen of the LA Review of Books.

Comparing China´s generations – Tom Doctoroff

Marketing guru Tom Doctoroff explores his insights in the different generations he saw in China, born in both the 1980s and 1990s, in a lecture for the Asia Society, just before leaving China after 18 years. “They want a free mind, but within a framework,” he tells his audience.

George Michael changed China – Kaiser Kuo

The sudden death of George Michael triggered off found memories in Beijing, where Michael´s band Wham! was one of the first to hit the stage after China started to open up in the 1980s. “They certainly had in impact on China, says Kaiser Kuo, now himself a rock legend in China, to Reuters.

Zhang Lijia: telling her secret story in Maastricht

Zhang Lijia, author of the forthcoming book on prostitution in China, Lotus: A Novel, will attend the conference China – secret stories, on January 22 in Maastricht, as the main speaker from mainland China.

Developing a new China story – Howard French

Journalist Howard French, author of the forthcoming book Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China’s Push for Global Powerdiscusses with Jeff Wasserstrom China´s mindset as a geopolitical power and its problem to reinvent itself in developing a new, true Chinese story during the upcoming era of US president Donald Trump.

China´s past and future as a global power – Howard French

Journalist Howard French will publish in March 2017 his new book Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China’s Push for Global Power on China´s self image as a geopolitical power in the past and the future. What is going to happen now Xi Jinping has to deal with this other muscular nationalists, Donald Trump.

Hu Fayan: an independent writer in China – Ian Johnson

Some critical writers became dissidents, others stayed in the Chinese network for authors. Journalist Ian Johnson talks for the Pulitzer Center to the Hu Fayan, neither a part of the system, neither a dissident. How is he managing in China?