Author Archives: Sharon Wang

The Garden of Time and Space

For many new viewers, it’s the title of Zhang Xin’s work that catches their attention. Emptiness in Non-Emptiness and Being in Non-Being, his long-running series, conjures up abstract Buddhist concepts of time and space. Zhang explains his work using a mortal viewpoint. While most...


Weekend Trips for Cherry Picking

Early summer offers the greatest variety of fruits in Beijing. The baskets of eye-catching cherries at fruit stands offer a mouthwatering alternative to the city’s ever-available watermelons. The sweet and sour fruits are purported to detoxify the body and preserve beauty. Cherries straight from...


The Drama of Darkness

Chen Jingzi’s Darkness series begins with The White Sweater, a lone character in a dark forest. Although creepy at first glance, careful examination reveals an expression of peace and tenderness on the face of the woman in white. That dramatic entry to her signature...


Vendors Told to Pay Protection or Face Chengguan

Beijing’s subway stations and public squares have long been the haunts of vagabonds, panhandlers and peddlers. The sight of food vendors and fruit vendors being evicted by the city’s chengguan squads is a daily occurrence. But vendors at the city’s Tiantongyuan North Station have...


Zhejiang Man Spends 4 Years Proving Mother was Cremated

It took eight trips to the funeral parlor over four years before a man in Zhuji, Zhejiang province could obtain the necessary documents to prove that his mother was dead and cremated. “I took my residence booklet and a certificate from the village to...


Traditional Troupe Opens Peking Opera to Xicheng

The more than 70-year-old Fenglei Peking Opera Troupe opened to common viewers on May 13 in the Banzhang Hutong of Xicheng district. More than 50 opera lovers including pupils, teachers and local residents came to see the first performance. Fenglei Peking Opera Troupe said...


Gov’s Raid Backfires, Causes Spike in Uber Downloads

Uber’s Chinese branch in Guangzhou made international headlines when the Industrial and Commercial Bureau and Traffic Committee teamed up with local police to raid its offices on April 30. Police confiscated more than 1,000 iPhones, used by the company to keep Uber drivers connected...


Oriental Spirit in the Fantastic Realism

The early 20th century is remembered as an era of humiliation in Chinese history. But for the outside world, it was a time of rapid advancement. The industrial revolution was in full swing, and many scientists emerged with significant theories and amazing inventions. As...


Adaptations Lead the Chinese Film Industry

Intellectual property is the film industry’s latest buzzword. The movie Silent Separation was first adapted from a novel into a TV series and then a movie, which aired during the May Day holiday. The show comes hot on the heels of film adaptations of...


Teen Who Killed Her Baby Returns to School

After giving birth to a baby in the bathroom, 17-year-old mother Xiaomei (pseudonym) twice attempted to flush the boy down the toilet. When that failed, she removed him and threw him into the wastebasket. Investigators said the boy died from the impact. The unnamed...