Quick trouble for a free-thinking family in rural Qing-Dynasty China.
What happens to music when the state gets its hands on it.
Taoist sexual technology supercharged by the world’s most powerful entheogen.
15 China books recommended by Isham Cook plus a few of his own.
Sex in the time of coronavirus in China and the U.S.
Book review essays tell China’s history over the past two centuries.
Difficult novels — and that’s a good thing — by Chinese and foreign expat authors.
The term “expatriate” is a misnomer and misrepresents the life lived abroad.
A few maps put Paul French’s “true crime” story in perspective.
A brief history of travel in China and the challenges of inhospitality.
Glimmers of Shanghai’s modernity in a 19th-century courtesan novel.
An investigation of intoxicants in the time of Confucius.
Reviews of McKenna’s The Sand Pebbles, Mason’s The World of Suzie Wong, Arsan’s Emmanuelle, and Reynolds’ A Woman from Bangkok.
Literary disruptions of an American in China.
Satirical review of the latest addition to Chinese socialist realist fiction.