Ink is spilt over China every day. There is a myriad of sites, papers and columns out there that unpack this nation as it changes both itself and the world around it. But we feel that there is too much focus at the centre – trending news, politics, policy – that ignores the white space around the edges of China coverage. At the China Channel, we hope to fill that white space – slowly painting a more complete picture of China that brings to life Chinese culture, society and history in all its addictive complexity.
As befits our literary remit, we will be bringing you plenty of reviews, of books both from and about China, as well as short ‘staff picks’ of books from the archive that deserve a second look. A seperate Book Club feature, at the beginning of each month, will publish a Chinese story and invite readers to write in with questions and comments that we compile and respond to. We value translation as a window into a different world, and a weekly column will also pick apart aspects of Chinese language that shed light on its culture.
While arts and culture is a core interest, our vision also extends far beyond that. Original essays will delve into lesser-explored corners of Chinese society and history, from graffiti in modern Beijing to the Orientalist ballet that torpedoed Sino-Soviet relations. We’re looking at China’s politics and economics, but also its comic books, crossdressers and philosophy, new memes and hidden histories. Above all we take ‘China’ to mean more than just the People’s Republic Of, but to encompass the broader sinosphere and Chinese diaspora.
In short, it will be a mixed meal, with roughly three new articles a week – not too overwhelming, but full of surprises and delights both for the sinophile who already follows China, and for the sinocurious who is just opening Pandora’s box. So whether you are a China geek or newbie, dive deeper with us.