Category Archives: Books

Lifetimes Living Explores the Meaning of Being Alive

Many readers could not help bursting into tears when they read the book Lifetimes Living. The book which was written by famous Chinese writer Yu Hua in 1998 narrates the protagonist Fu Gui’s miserable destiny. In this book, the writer expresses his own understanding...


A Revolution in a Corrupting Feudal Family

Only having similar life experience, a writer could be able to write an excellent story. Just because of his living experience in childhood, Chinese writer Bajin had abundant material to create the trilogy Family, Spring and Autumn. Based on the feudal extended family where...


Three Love Tragedies in Novel Ban Sheng Yuan

As a Chinese modern female writer, Eileen Chang is known for writing romantic novels. Among all the books she wrote, the most well-known one is Ban Sheng Yuan, which has been adapted to film, TV series and musical drama. Ban Sheng Yuan, originally called...


Wolf Totem Topples Chinese’s Longstanding Knowledge

No one does not fear wolf, but few people know that Mongolian minority worship the savage animal. There is a book Wolf Totem which can tell us the complex relation between Mongolian minority and wolf. In the late 1960s, an educated youth Chen Zhen...


A Rickshaw Puller’s Misery in Corrupt Society

During the period from 1912 to 1949, rickshaw was a common and necessary vehicle in Chinese ordinary life. Although now it has been eliminated from transportation, as a characteristic object, it still exists in present tourist market. If people mean to realize the rickshaw...



Remembering Hong Kong Since 1977

Most mainlanders know Hong Kong as busy and shiny. It’s the birthplace of many of the most famous literary works and a city rich with celebrities and entertainment. For shoppers, it’s the nearest land of food and luxuries. To Xu Tiancheng, Hong Kong is...


Korea’s Go Master Shares his Story

The stunning defeat of Go champion Lee Sedol by Google’s AlphaGo made headlines around the world last week. The champion and the computer faced off on March 9, with Lee losing his first three matches. Lee managed one victory during the fourth match on...


Chinese Psychologist Writes of 30,000-Mile Travel in Africa

US scholar Deborah Brautigam once said that people in China know too little about Africa. That’s hard to deny, since most popular travel books focus on Europe and the Americas. African culture and history tends to remain a mystery. Chinese psychologist and writer Bi...


Zhang Defen Teaches How to Make Wishes Come True

Dreams don’t only come true in fairytales. Zhang Defen, the first Chinese “chicken soup” writer from Taiwan, teaches readers about the magic needed to make any dream into reality. Zhang graduated from Taiwan University with a degree in Business Management. She worked as a...