What they say

2011-05-13 07:52:05

The International Writing Program's meaning has far exceeded literature.

What they say

2011-05-06 07:50:53

As a woman who ruled China for half a century during its most turbulent years, Cixi needed more than an iron fist.


2011-05-06 07:50:53

Cixi, 16, enters the Forbidden City. She competes with 60 other Manchu girls to win a berth as Emperor Xianfeng's concubine-in-waiting.

Portraits of Cixi

2011-05-06 07:50:53

Two books about the Empress Dowager cast new light on the iconic ruler and controversial historical figure.

Living with the 'old old'

2011-05-04 07:58:37

Decades after screen star Bette Davis famously declared that "growing old is not for sissies", Estelle Gross has expanded on the woes of the ailing aged with her lament that people live too long and die too slowly.

Bookworms burrow at conference on Chinese literature

2011-05-03 07:54:37

More than 180 novelists, poets, literary translators and researchers shared their opinions at the International Conference on Chinese Literature in Global Contexts.

A journey from a Macao ferry to kangaroos and back

2011-04-29 07:58:29

Brian Castro was born during a typhoon in 1950, on a ferry between Hong Kong and Macao, to a Portuguese father and a Chinese mother.

When minds met and traded verses

2011-04-29 07:58:29

Kelly Lee Hickey won the National Australian Poetry Slam Championship in 2010 and her prize was an air ticket to Beijing.

Need to impress? Zip out an avatar

2011-04-24 08:05:55

You'll sit at three-dimensional virtual meetings and classes, looking around the table or the lecture hall at your colleagues' avatars.

Escaping from life's misery

2011-04-22 10:53:41

All misfortunes are alike, but every happiness is unique, Liu Liu writes in her latest work, The Marriage of Miss Su, a collection of 12 short stories.

Out of the shadow

2011-04-22 10:47:10

A self-declared 'pessimist' of an author seeks upbeat outlook on real life.

Key business trinity

2011-04-15 13:12:40

Chinese entrepreneurs are forging a new management model that could one day take over the world.