Alec Ash

The iPhone, not the I Ching

"What exactly is China anyway? Is it a civilisation, as some claim? Or a “civilisation state”, with unique cultural markers but within set borders?"

Growth Of A New Han Dynasty

Chinese literary phenomenon (and racecar driver) Han Han's essays are funny, sharp and wryly self-aware

Star of the East

Blogger Han Han targets the official media and politicians but his omissions of subjects like Tibet highlights the limits of dissent in China

Mao to Deng and Back Again

China in Ten Words is a clarion call to the West. Yu Hua reminds us that the country is still struggling to escape an unresolved history

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"