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Les Années fastes, de Chan Koonchung

Fat Years French

En 2013, dans une Chine prospère, un écrivain découvre qu’il manque à l’histoire récente un mois entier. Que s’est-il passé, pendant vingt-huit jours, entre la crise économique mondiale et l’avènement de la Chine heureuse ? Click here to read more »

Catholic girls and ladies of the night

Yan Geling tells Ysabelle Cheung about her powerful historical novel as it hits Hong Kong in cinematic formGeling TimeOut Click here to read more »

ChinaFile: An Antidote to Glam

WWD

By HUANG HUNG

EDITOR’S NOTE: Huang Hung is a prominent China-based journalist in print, television and digital media. Launching today, ChinaFile is a weekly column she will write for each Wednesday’s WWD and for WWD.COM.

BEIJING — Ever since Louis Vuitton opened its first store in China in 1992, China has been logo mania on steroids. As China is set to become the biggest luxury market this year, a counterculture to bling seems to have gained some headway on the fashion scene here.

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Inside North Korea: The day Kim Jong-il gave me a Rolex

BBC News

 

As part of North Korea’s propaganda machine, Jang Jin-sung spent his career writing eulogies of Kim Jong-il, before growing disillusioned and fleeing to South Korea in 2004. Here he describes life as a member of the North Korean elite.

I wrote poems for the regime under a pen name, pretending I was a grass-roots poet from the South. I wrote epic poems glorifying Kim Jong-il, which were published in the main newspaper in the North.

 

I met Kim Jong-il twice. The first time, in 1999, I was overwhelmed and full of emotion. But at the same time I thought the image I had received of him – through brainwashing – was very different to how he appeared in person.

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The Substance of a Winner

NYT

By DUNCAN JEPSON

HONG KONG — The starting bell rang. The three big men in front of us jumped to their feet, obscuring our view. After a few seconds they took their seats again and we saw my father-in-law’s horse, Able One, in second place, a length or two behind the leader, Flying Blue. Two or three years ago this had been a perfect place for him from which to win. But now, surely this was just a tease.

This was the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s marquee event, International Race Day. The afternoon’s races featured many of the world’s most talented horses, jockeys and trainers. Click here to read more »

Missing Gao Zhisheng

WSJ

By Paul Mooney

 

A Chinese dissident is returned to prison while his family faces continued suffering in exile.

 

Last Friday, China’s state-run news media announced that human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng would return to prison to complete his full three-year sentence, supposedly because he violated the terms of his probation. The news was a surprise because the police have illegally detained Mr. Gao for the last 20 months, making it difficult for him to violate anything. Click here to read more »