For nearly 125 years, the family run workshop has been hand-carving statues, but competition from mass-produced products means the craft could very well die out.
Driven off Queensland’s goldfields, arrivals from China pioneered trade and agriculture in the north of the country, until discriminatory legislation and changing times forced them out.
Once ubiquitous across China, woodblock printing was nearly lost amid its 20th century tumult. Today, a handful of artists scattered across the country have become unwitting guardians of a fragile tradition.
One of China’s great beauties, Chen Yuanyuan was born to a peasant family, orphaned and sold as a prostitute, later becoming the consort of general and despised traitor, Wu Sangui. What eventually became of her was never known, until now.
William Mesny's exploits in 19th-century China are the stuff of legend and make for a thrilling book, David Leffman’s The Mercenary Mandarin