Category Archives: Chinese Culture

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Learning Cantonese: The Next Frontier

By  Customer Service

Cantonese is indispensable for those living and working in Hong Kong, and for chatting with Cantonese-speaking friends and family. It could also be the next, even more exciting frontier for foreign language thrill-seekers that have ‘conquered’ Mandarin, or have at least dedicated several years to it already and are ready to dive deeper. Whether you need to know Cantonese, or simply want to, learning Cantonese makes you part of a growing trend. Continue reading

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Aug 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

By  Customer Service

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
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From big-character posters to award-winning calligrapher: An interview with calligrapher Xu Jianchu

By  Customer Service

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

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Dec 16