A few maps put Paul French’s “true crime” story in perspective.
A brief history of travel in China and the challenges of inhospitality.
Exotic woman unleashes the emotions in those she comes into contact with.
Glimmers of Shanghai’s modernity in a 19th-century courtesan novel.
Things are grim on the ground but the tradition lives on in pictures.
An investigation of intoxicants in the time of Confucius.
Writers who play carelessly with time may leave the language in tatters.