Emperor Taizong of Tang

A matter of life and death ... and justice

It is almost two years since a Shanxi teenager, Zhang Xuping, was sentenced to death for killing the much-feared and much-hated party chief of Xiashuixi village, Li Shiming.

Wednesday, 4 January, 2012, 12:00am

Li's tale portrays 'moral confusion' racking China

The Magician of 1919 by Li Er translated by Jane Weizhen Pan and Martin Merz Make-Do Publishing

In Li Er's short story Christmas Eve a retired schoolteacher mourns the death of his daughter while simultaneously pimping young girls to an infamous nightclub-cum-brothel.

30 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Sleeping with the enemy

At the gilded gates of a colonial-era mansion in the seaside city of Qingdao, in Shandong province, giggling young couples pose for snapshots, craning their necks to peer in at the sumptuous grounds and gossiping excitedly about the scandalous liaisons of the female billionaire who lived here.

17 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Imperial pride

Hong Kong Museum of Art curator Szeto Yuen-kit has every reason to be excited. A 'very, very rare' exhibition of Chinese masterpieces has just landed in the museum's two special exhibition galleries, which he oversees, and the show is set to be a blockbuster.

1 Jul 2007 - 12:00am