Mara Hvistendahl’s 2011 book entitled Unnatural Selection: Choosing boys over girls, and the consequences of a world full of men provides an eye-opening account of a phenomenon that is, or at least should be, attracting worldwide attention. Through the eyes of demographers, parents, economists, doctors, feminists, prostitutes, bachelors, brides and others, the book illustrates the … more
On 16 August, some five hundred people turned up at the Song Zhuang 宋庄 Art District on the outskirts of Beijing to attend the opening event of the Ninth Beijing Independent Film Festival (BIFF) – a record number. Thirty minutes into the screening of the first film, however, a power failure hit the entire residential … more
In the 1921 play by Luigi Pirandello Six Characters in Search of an Author, six members of a dysfunctional family disrupt a play rehearsal.
Kevin Rudd was elected Prime Minister of Australia in November 2007 in a landslide victory over the incumbent Liberal Coalition government of John Howard.
In sixteenth-century Italy and France a new form of popular narrative developed; it marked the beginning of modern European theatre. This was commedia dell’arte (‘comedy of the craft’), a type of performance by peripatetic comedians that had no written script that offered entertainment improvised on the basis of what was called ‘canvass’: a structure of … more
The China Story Journal provides informed critical commentary on China today. It is not an 'academic journal', but rather a 'quotidian account' of events, ideas and people of interest written by diverse authors.
Reading about the trial of Gu Kailai 谷开来 (aka 薄谷开来; BoGu Horus Kailai) one feels catapulted back in time to a world in which a boxer who trained as an amateur could defeat a drug-fuelled Soviet opponent; a single Vietnam War vet could gun down an entire army of Commies; and Russians didn’t care for … more
In late July this year, the international press reported that a new campaign of repression against labour NGOs was under way in Guangdong province – something which had already been reported months earlier not only by Chinese labour activists but also by the local media. According to the South China Morning Post, since February 2012 … more