How many lifetimes does it take for two souls to truly bond? Susan Barker’s remarkable book The Incarnations is a time-bending fantasy with an unknown (and possible unreliable) narrator sweeping us down the rabbit hole of history.
Beijing there's maybe proud of their history, but with all the changes in the city over the last few years it's hard to imagine historical Beijing. Even at night, in the middle of the city's hutong the creep of modernity, in the form of vintage boutiques, jazz bars, and cafés offering ill-defined menus of western food and coffee, pushes back of the edges of our imagination of what it might have been like to stand in the same spot 130 years ago.
One outfit in Beijing is trying to change this. Beijing Postcards
is a local company founded by two historians from Denmark, who collect visual interpretations of China including old photographs, prints, maps, and, yes postcards, to try and re-create the Beijing of yesterday.
They also do tours, including the highly anticipated event The Night Watch
, done in cooperation with Bespoke Beijing
, begins this week, :
Picture the scene…
The sun is setting over the dusty hutongs surrounding the Drum and Bell … Continue Reading ››
Scenes from a Forbidden City….clear skies and heightened security.
Historian John Delury gave an excellent talk at Capital M today about wealth and power as defining recent Chinese history, but how to fit a search for modernity into that equation?
Just because Lei Feng’s diary is about as real as a herd of purple unicorns doesn’t take anything away from the central message: It’s nice to be nice…and always follow the Chairman!