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  • Dec 21, 2014
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Boxer Rebellion

Mo Yan's Boxer Rebellion novel an orgy of pain and pleasure

Illustration: Brian Wang

Mo Yan's first novel to be published in English since he won last year's Nobel prize for literature is a strange, gruesome, vivid and ambitious historical novel set during the Boxer Rebellion (1898-1901). As the 20th century struggles into being, the grand narratives that will dominate most of the next 100 years (war, genocide, empire, economics, technology, guerilla warfare) are played out in ways that are at once intimate and epic, personal and political, realistic and surreal.

Tuesday, 22 January, 2013, 3:12pm

Frederick - The Life of My Missionary Grandfather in Manchuria

Frederick - The Life of My Missionary Grandfather in Manchuria by Mark O'Neill Joint Publishing (HK)

Like the Opium wars and the Macartney mission to Qianlong's court, Westerners have mostly forgotten the massive missionary enterprises they sponsored in China for roughly a century before 1949's communist revolution.

24 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Superb visual record puts the 1911 revolution in context

China in Revolution: The Road to 1911 by Liu Heung-shing Hong Kong University Press

6 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Frederick O'Neill

MEDAL OF HONOUR On August 20, I learned of an auction to be held five days later of the medal the Chinese government awarded in 1920 to my grandfather, Frederick O'Neill, an Irish Presbyterian missionary in Manchuria.

16 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Spirit of an empress

Beijing is not an especially peaceful city, and less so considering the overhaul it has endured since the Olympic facelift began in 2001. Streets were cleaned up, infrastructure improved and plots of history covered by gleaming skyscrapers in one hot blast of construction dust.

29 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

A language master who avoided contact with Westerners

Sir Edmund Backhouse was born on October 20, 1873, in Richmond, Yorkshire, into a noble Quaker family. He studied at Winchester and Merton College, Oxford.

He failed to graduate but had a rare gift for languages, which enabled him to master French, Latin, Russian, Greek and Japanese.

3 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

A Fragile Hope

A Fragile Hope

by Ken N. Kamoche

Salt, HK$120

Depending on how it is said, the word gweilo barely registers with most 'white ghosts' who live or work in Hong Kong. This is a Chinese city, the reasoning goes, albeit one with distinctly western characteristics, there is a lot of colonial baggage, and the implicit racism is hard to translate.

7 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Boxer Rebellion still throwing punches

The anti-western Boxer Rebellion that shook the nation at the turn of the 20th century is once again causing controversy.

2 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Controversial article challenged

Sun Yat-sen University scholar Yuan Weishi found himself under the spotlight once again yesterday with the announcement that Bingdian Weekly's resumption next month would coincide with the forced publication of a 'feature-length' article criticising the one he wrote which has been blamed for triggering its demise last month.

17 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Have HK girls stopped looking for Mr White?

Columnist Chip Tsao claims local women no longer date western men. Is there any evidence?

Dating a westerner used to be frowned upon because it was controversial, but dating experts and commentators say locals are now avoiding cross-cultural relationships because they are no longer 'fashionable'.

9 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

New plan takes old Pingyao full circle

When news broke that Shanxi had been selected as one of four provinces to test a rural micro-finance programme, provincial officials did not have to think twice about where to launch it.

The town of Pingyao, a Unesco world heritage site about 700km from Beijing, was practically the birthplace of private lending and entrepreneurship in China.

3 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

His story repeated

WHEN ADAM WILLIAMS was growing up in Hong Kong, his mother and grandmother would tell him stories of their adventures in northern China in the early 20th century. If he was naughty, his mother would frighten him with tales of warlords. 'You'd better watch out or Chang Tso-lin will get you,' she'd say.

14 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

PARALLEL LINES

ADAM WILLIAMS knows too much about China to attempt to write about the nation today.

As the chief representative for Jardine Matheson on the mainland, he has a rare view of the transformation of the country his British family have called home since the 1890s. But Williams, 50, found it easier to write a novel about the Boxer Rebellion at the turn of the 19th century.

26 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

Lai See

avichina slow to take off

Global roadshows are all about planning, good logistics and hoping your plane takes off on time. When your business is making planes, then punctuality takes on added importance.

21 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

Sense of humour

I was saddened to read that much of Regina Ip Lau Yuk-see's life has been coloured (pardon the expression) by a bit of name-calling some 30 years ago in Glasgow ('No love, no sleep and lots of tears', August 23).

Being called 'Suzie Wong' by Glaswegian builders, although perhaps embarrassing, and no doubt 'sexist', was almost certainly meant as a compliment.

29 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

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