Leta Hong Fincher, Leftover Women, BBC

An advertisement centred around “leftover women” in China has gone viral, provoking an emotional debate about single women in the country.

The issue of unmarried females, often stigmatised as “sheng nu” or leftover women, has long been a topic of concern in a society that prioritises marriage and motherhood for women.

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny by Wang Dulu, adapted by Justin Hill, a Weinstein production

Leta Hong Fincher, Wall Street Journal

Chinese feminist Li Tingting has a message for those who detained her ahead of International Women’s Day last year: Thanks.

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Marysia Juszczakiewicz, The Straits Times

Literary agents are the gatekeepers and tastemakers of the book world, deciding an unpublished manuscript’s fate even before a publisher does. No wonder then that Mr Jonny Geller, joint chief executive officer of the Curtis Brown agency, was last year named among Britain’s 500 most influential people by long-established society watcher Debretts.

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The Japan Times, Yan Geling


  At the opening of Chinese-American author Geling Yan’s best-selling novel “Little Aunt Crane,” a 16-year-old girl by the name of Tatsuru, or “Crane,” escapes a mass suicide that Japanese elders in a Manchurian village order to preserve their honor. The young girl’s problems, however, have only just begun.

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Los Angeles Review of Books, Yan Geling

Yan Geling is a Chinese novelist, born in Shanghai, who lives in Berlin and travels frequently to China. Her novel The Flowers of War was made into a film starring Christian Bale, and she has won wide acclaim both inside and outside of China. Her new novel in English, Little Aunt Crane(translated by Esther Tyldesley) is a wonderfully empathic story of a young Japanese girl, Tatsuru, who stays behind in China after the end of World War Two. 

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