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Learning Mandarin: what you need to know before you start

By  Customer Service

China in Context last weekend was abuzz with booklovers who came from all over to share our passion for all things books, and all things China.

Participants of Sunday’s Chinese for Beginners workshop learned everything they needed to know about Chinese before they embark on the unique journey to mastery of such a beautiful and fascinating language. Continue reading

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May 17
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Making China Heard: the highlights

By  Customer Service

Last week we were thrilled to welcome Nicky Harman and Helen Wang to Guanghwa Bookshop for Making China Heard, a panel discussion on the translation of contemporary Chinese fiction. If you weren’t able to attend in person, don’t worry – we’ve summarised the best insights from the night right here. Continue reading

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Apr 17
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Interview with Dashan: Chinese science fiction and the history of comedy in China

By  Customer Service

This month, Cypress Books caught up with Mark Rowswell, better known throughout China and beyond as Dashan. He first made his name by performing 相声 (xiangsheng) or ‘crosstalk’, a kind of vaudevillian form of traditional comedic dialogue in the ‘straight man/funny man’ format. Having moved away from that some time ago, he’s spent the last few years exploring the nascent stand-up comedy scene in China.  Continue reading

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Mar 17
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An interview with translator Carl Gene Fordham

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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.

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Feb 17