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Timeless stories from our 170-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
From Internet search terms blocked by the Chinese government since 2011. The terms were compiled and translated by the China Digital Times, a bilingual Chinese-media-tracking site based in California.
By John Gray, adapted from an article in the October 2014 issue of Prospect. Gray is the author of many books, including False Dawn, Straw Dogs, and The Silence of…
From a letter dated June 15, 2012, discovered in a Saks Fifth Avenue shopping bag by a customer. This year, a man claiming to be the author was identified by…
By Howard W. French, from China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa, published this month by Knopf. French is a former New York…
How to read the dictionary of an endangered language
Wine and Catholicism among the Tibetans of China’s Yunnan Province
By Sheila Heti, from “How to Be Good When You’re Lost,” in the anthology Where We Are, to be published this fall by Visual Editions. Heti’s contribution, illustrated by Ted…
China’s Wild West gets tamed
Men carry a painting in Shenzhen's Dafen neighborhood. Dafen's artists produce original works as well as millions of inexpensive reproductions, which are sold to hotels around the world. Photograph © Tomas van Houtryve/VII, whose…