December 2021

November 2021

In Defense of “Sissy” Chinese Men

China’s government regards “sissy” Chinese men as a liability and is trying to get them to imitate the exaggerated machismo of the West. But the more effeminate version of masculinity has enriched China’s culture for millennia and will help it thrive in the 21st century.

By Cassidy Warner

October 2021

The Taming of the Bunyip

Metamorphosizing from a fearsome monster to a bogeyman to a cute cartoon character to a conservation mascot, the Australian bunyip is a metaphor for our changing relationship with nature.

By Cassidy Warner

September 2021

August 2021

For the Record

Years from now, it’s likely people will make all sorts of false claims about the War in Afghanistan. Perhaps it’s worth setting a few things down, for the record.

By Shaun Tan

July 2021

June 2021

May 2021

April 2021

March 2021

February 2021

China’s Loose Canon

Many are familiar with the Western canon – those core works of literature, history, and philosophy that are considered essential to the study of the subject. How about the Chinese canon?

By Shaun Tan

January 2021

December 2020

November 2020

October 2020

Into the Woods

Why do we relish horrifying tales where jealous mothers kill their children and little girls dance themselves to death? Because the darkness in stories helps us confront the darkness inside ourselves.

By Erin McIntosh

September 2020

August 2020

Honest Hong Kong Journalist Visa Denial

Whilst we understand that it is the role of a journalist to offer opinions and critiques and to ask questions, your opinion pieces are unnecessarily opinionated, your critiques unnecessarily critical, and your questions unnecessarily inquisitive.

By Shaun Tan

China’s Third Way

Will China be able to sustain its spectacular economic growth with an increasingly autocratic regime? If so, it may mark the end of the liberal order, and the rise of authoritarian capitalism.

By Michael Pusic

July 2020

June 2020

May 2020

April 2020

Ordinarily Extraordinary

The writer and teacher Léonie Gilmour is overshadowed by her more famous relatives: her partner, the poet Yone Noguchi, her son, the sculptor Isamu Noguchi, and her daughter, the dancer Ailes Gilmour. Yet her life was no less remarkable.

By Lisa Yin Zhang

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020

December 2019

November 2019

October 2019

Tribes of Hong Kong

The original stimulus of the protests – the extradition bill – has long been withdrawn and forgotten; the tribal cycle of violence has generated its own self-sustaining momentum.

By Shaun Tan

September 2019

On the Trail of Iris Chang

Iris Chang, the historian who brought the tragedy of the Nanking Massacre home to the West, lived a life that was as incandescent as it was brief, and pioneered the way for Chinese American writers.

By Lisa Yin Zhang

August 2019

July 2019

June 2019

May 2019

Port in the Storm

To say Bradley’s living on borrowed time would be an understatement. It’s more like he’s living on stolen time. Like he made a deal with the devil years ago and he keeps shrugging it off.

By Dustin J. DiPaulo