Mission

Ink is spilt over China every day. There is a myriad of sites, magazines 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 and policy – that ignores the white space around the edges of China coverage. At the China Channel, we hope to fill that white space – painting a more complete picture of China that brings to life Chinese culture, society, politics 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 shorter ‘staff picks’ of books from the archive that deserve a second look. Our biweekly ‘Chinese Corner’ feature focuses on the complexities of the Chinese language(s), while ‘Borderlands’ looks at the fringes of the nation, and the ‘Diaspora’ column casts our gaze beyond, to Chinese communities overseas. We prioritise translation as an essential way to highlight Chinese voices, both nonfiction and fiction.

While culture is a core interest, our vision extends far beyond that. Original essays and dispatches 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 philosophy and ethnicities, from new memes to hidden histories. Above all we take ‘China’ to mean more than just the People’s Republic Of, but to encompass the broader sinosphere at large.

In short, it will be a mixed meal, publishing four to five new articles a week, on weekdays – full of surprises and delights both for the sinophile who already watches 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.

– The Editors