Taiwanese travel writer Sanmao in the Western Sahara.

Fearless feminist travel writer Sanmao finally gets translation for Western audiences

  • A role model far head of her time, the Beijing-born, Taiwan-raised writer became a beacon for Chinese women of a certain age
  • Tempered by tragedy, her career ended in suicide following her Spanish husband’s drowning death
Topic |   Chinese authors

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Taiwanese travel writer Sanmao in the Western Sahara.
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The Story of Yanxi Palace had international appeal. Photo: Handout

How a new generation of online storytellers is helping to spread the word about Chinese culture

  • The growing international popularity of romances or martial arts epics may prove more effective than state-sanctioned efforts to assert soft power
  • Such efforts include the global spread of state media news bureaus and the use of Confucius Institutes to teach language and culture
Topic |   China’s soft power

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The Story of Yanxi Palace had international appeal. Photo: Handout
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