Chinese Culture

When family ties can strangle

Sociologists used to claim that the Chinese family was on the verge of being destroyed by modernisation.

Monday, 31 July, 2006, 12:00am

Popular forum rushes to go offline after closure order

A popular online forum co-sponsored by the Chinese University of Hong Kong's Institute of Chinese Studies has been ordered to shut down as mainland authorities move to tighten their grip on the internet.

Chinese University and the Beijing Zhongqing Future Community Culture Development Research Institute set up the Century China site in July 2000.

26 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Beijing's Da Vinci Code

As the third quarter begins, this year seems to be a time of introspection for the Communist Party. Facing an ideological crisis that strikes at the very heart of China's social identity, the party wants to re-engineer its character.

18 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Climate makes the clothes

Some day, posterity might look back at the attire of our times and express astonishment at, in the words of fellow columnist Kevin Sinclair: 'a strip of brightly patterned frippery' that used to encircle men's necks.

13 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

All due respect

Abdul Raxit is a model of success for Uygur families in the prosperous city of Guangzhou. Having arrived there 10 years ago from Kashgar with 1,500 yuan, a pair of scissors and a razor, the former barber realised he had to act swiftly to survive and build a future for his family in a city that has experienced double-digit economic growth for two decades.

5 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Creature features

SHEN SHAOMIN'S BONE sculptures are mesmerising, if slightly disconcerting. They resemble larger-than-life prehistoric beasts, but you won't find these menacing creatures with teeth the size of fingers or metre-long stingers in any natural history museum anywhere in the world.

25 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

China non-fiction

The Great Wall

by Julia Lovell

Atlantic Books, $300

The Long March

by Sun Shuyun

HarperCollins, $300

4 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

World Beat

What's going on around the globe

4 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

A thing of beauty is a publisher's joy forever

Tuyet Nguyet's groundbreaking magazine has showcased the most exquisite Asian pieces for both local and worldwide audiences

24 May 2006 - 12:00am

Resident evil

The fifth lunar month, referred to as Lunar May by some fung shui masters, this year runs from Saturday to June 26. In ancient China, it was considered the 'evil month' because its hot and humid weather suits insects, parasites and bacteria; it is a month of infestations and pestilence.

21 May 2006 - 12:00am

Welcome to the era of users

Post-humans will be devoid of social skills, constantly distracted and androgynous

You know a post-human when you see one. I spotted one at an awards ceremony the other night.

16 May 2006 - 12:00am

Great leaps forward

BALLET AND modern dance have been enjoying unprecedented popularity in the mainland in recent years. Thousands of schools and academies teach western dance, and enrolment for classes is in the tens of thousands.

But it was not always so, according to one of the country's leading choreographers.

14 May 2006 - 12:00am

Back to the bad old days

Writing about the China she grew up in during the first half of the last century, Han Suyin noted: 'The warlords were a curious phenomenon born of the uncertain times, when no strong central government existed to keep law and order throughout the length and breadth of China.' Han was born in Beijing. Having lived through so much, arguably no other writer has understood China better.

25 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Software to the rescue of world's last hieroglyphics

A doctoral student at Dalian Nationalities University has written a software program he hopes will encourage young people to study Naxi Dongba, a rare hieroglyphic language on the mainland and the last in use today.

18 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Buddhism held up as healer of social divisions

Teachings are close to Chinese outlook, says religious official

Buddhism can contribute to healing community divides and help believers deal with major changes in Chinese society, State Administration for Religious Affairs director Ye Xiaowen said yesterday.

11 Apr 2006 - 12:00am