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Beige Spirit

History repeats itself in Inner Mongolia – short fiction by Jeff J Brown

 

Every day after school, Xiao Ding came sprinting across the fields to be with Beige Spirit, his parents’ gift for his thirteenth birthday. His father had offered as many pointers as he could and, for months Xiao Ding did his best to exert mastery over the big, tall gelding horse. But the beast was downright contemptible. Xiao Ding had tried everything: food, love, brushings, wash downs and even whispering in the big beast’s ears, as its huge, black eyes gazed down menacingly. Over the months, Xiao Ding came to realise that their relationship had become a war of dominion. Only one of them could be the boss and, for now, Beige Spirit was winning hands down.

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Jeff Brown, Sat 25 October 2014 - 02:05

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Joyriding the Taklamakan

You’re never alone in the desert – by Nikolai Blackie

 

A few years ago, I found myself in far western Xinjiang province, a small town called Sanchakouzhen, 150 miles east of Kashgar on the old northern Silk Road. It was less a town and more a pit-stop for trucks carrying minerals from the mines in China’s west to the refineries out east.

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Nikolai Blackie, Thu 23 October 2014 - 05:21

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Cantonese Tuesdays: Triad and Tested

 

Triads are in the public eye again, after thugs with triad connections were accused of being involved in street violence during Hong Kong’s democracy protests. As with anything to do with organised crime, it’s open house at the rumour mill. In the last decades, the triads are said to have branched out into more legitimate business, but it’s still a murky world.

Without the requisite machetes, we can instead arm ourselves with some triad terms, again courtesy of Rosalyn S, so if you can’t walk the walk then at least you can talk the talk. Here are a few of the most useful triad terms.

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Anthill, Tue 21 October 2014 - 05:30

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Discarded Stocks

A photo essay from the Old Beijing Stock Exchange – by Jens Schott Knudsen

 

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Jens Schott Knudsen, Fri 17 October 2014 - 04:44

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Cantonese Tuesdays: Hong Kong insults

 

Ed: Yes, it’s Wednesday, sue me. Another Hong Kong themed post in our mini series from across the border. In the light of fresh clashes between occupiers, police, angry residents and pro-mainland agents provocateurs, some colourful language is being thrown around. Hong Kongers (香港人 xiānggǎngrén) blame mainland Chinese (大陆人 dàlùrén) for being uncouth and under the heel. Mainlanders accuse Hong Kongers of being arrogant and unpatriotic.

Here are a few insults necessary to keep up with the mudslinging, with a big thanks to Rosalyn S.

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Anthill, Wed 15 October 2014 - 03:07

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Stinky Tofu

That first taste you never forget – by Brent Crane

 

What first struck me in Hangzhou were the trees. Along South Mountain road, a trendy corridor of cafés, modern art galleries and Western eateries that runs along the eastern shoulder of the lake, there is a line of strong, tall sycamore trees. It’s rare to find an old tree in a Chinese city, where the old tends to give way to the new and young.

Hangzhou is famous in China for its sprawling tea fields and the mythical West Lake, the waters of which have enraptured poets, painters and imperial royalty for centuries. Now they attract an endless stream of camera-toting tourists, with robotic tour guides and knick-knack hawkers.

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Brent Crane, Fri 10 October 2014 - 05:55