Arts veterans say lack of government support to take their efforts to a higher level is inhibiting the growth of local performance groups.Friday, 6 January, 2012, 12:00am
The opening of the Fangsuo 'bookshop' in Guangzhou's most upmarket shopping mall last month was a landmark event in a city often decried as a cultural desert and a shot in the arm for the mainland's beleaguered book retailers.
Diehard fans of the printed word hope it will bolster the trade in Guangzhou, a goal shared by the store's creators.31 Dec 2011 - 12:00am
Fiery Peking University professor Kong Qingdong, a key leftist academic, is no stranger to publicity.
He was back in the public spotlight last month after he claimed in a microblog entry he had told Cao Linhua, a reporter for Southern People Weekly magazine, to 'f*** off' three times in a row because Cao represented a 'traitorous' media organisation, Nanfang Media Group.6 Dec 2011 - 12:00am
Scores of supporters of blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng were harassed, confined at home or warned to refrain from visiting him on his 40th birthday yesterday - a sign authorities remain as jittery as ever over his influence.13 Nov 2011 - 12:00am
Vivienne Tam is one of fashion's most successful designers, boasting an empire that ranges from clothing, shoes and accessories to computers and a yoga line. It's hard to believe there was a time when the aspiring young designer struggled to find an audience in Hong Kong.9 Nov 2011 - 12:00am
Internal political games are intensifying in Beijing in the run-up to the scheduled leadership transition at the Communist Party's 18th national congress in the second half of next year.6 Nov 2011 - 12:00am
When Chinese pop artist Huang Yong was a Shanghai schoolboy, he was exposed to communist texts from Mao Zedong and others. When he developed his own thinking, his memories of those teachings grew distant, and this is reflected in the indistinct feature of his work. Yet when you look at his work from a distance, it becomes clear - Huang's memories have left an indelible imprint.1 Nov 2011 - 12:00am
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
Strong women have always inspired colourful fashion designer Vivienne Tam Yin-yok, but none more so than her mother. 'I always watched her making her own clothes when I was growing up,' she says.11 Oct 2011 - 12:00am
A visitor to Shantou in eastern Guangdong, glancing at the street names in the city centre, might imagine himself or herself in an earlier age.10 Oct 2011 - 12:00am