This month, Cypress Books caught up with Carl Gene Fordham, an Australian translator currently based in Xiamen, Fujian province. After learning Mandarin Chinese in primary school, Carl was lucky enough to enrol in one of Australia’s first Asian language immersion programmes back in 2000. He’s passed HSK Level 6, and wants to one day play his part in sharing the wisdom of ancient Chinese philosophy.
This month we learned about how Vivian celebrated Chinese New Year, the biggest festival of the year, as a child: gathering with family, observing strict rituals and solving riddles during Lantern Festival. She also shared her very relevant insights into how things have changed… Continue reading →
Established in Chinatown London in 1971, Guanghwa Bookshop has been the UK’s first and only Chinese bookshop and is now celebrating its 45th anniversary. On the celebration event on 6th December 2016, Guanghwa told its own story of going through an era of China’s national turmoil and serving as a medium of communication between the East and the West in the 1970’s. Continue reading →
At the age of 13 Mr Xu Jianchu, calligraphy teacher at Guanghwa Books, first got involved in the painting of big-character posters during the Cultural Revolution.
Flash forward to 2016 and after numerous awards and international exhibitions, Mr Xu is now President of the UK Chinese Poetry Calligraphy & Painting Society, and Honorary Principal of the “Yancheng Shifu” Art College of China.Continue reading →
Know’st thou not at the fall of the leaf
How the heart feels a languid grief
Laid on it for a covering,
And how sleep seems a goodly thing
In Autumn at the fall of the leaf?
See below for our book recommendations for October! In this month, we would like to share with you some new titles and series that we recommend. We would love to hear your thoughts about these titles and if you need any more information on these or any of our other titles, do get in touch!