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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

Highlight of 2016 London Book Fair

By  Gigi Chan

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Entering the 45th year, the London Book Fair is the 2nd large global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution in the publishing industry. This book fair took place at Olympia in West London on 12-14 April 2016, attracting more attendees than last year’s turn-out 25,000.

Around a thousand of companies from over 100 countries have participated in the conference hall this year. Here are some of our experiences in #LBF16!


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Apr 16

March Book Recommendations

By  Grace

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See below for our book recommendations for March! Our monthly recommendations also appear on the relevant website homepages – so feel free to check them out there too.

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!


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Mar 16

Why Study a Chinese Dialect?

By  Grace

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To celebrate 2016 International Mother Language Day, this blog post is dedicated to the beautiful languages and dialects of China!

When I mention an interest in learning Chinese dialects, I am almost always met with the same response: What’s the point? Their reasoning is clear: Mandarin Chinese is the lingua-franca in China and the importance of dialects is decreasing, so there seems little point in struggling to learn a Chinese dialect. I, however, argue that there are huge economic, cultural and social benefits of learning a Chinese dialect both inside and outside China. The value of Mandarin as a lingua-franca is clear, however, a brief look below the surface illuminates a plethora of reasons why someone may pursue the study of a Chinese dialect.

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Feb 16

February Book Recommendations

By  Grace

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Once a month we will be sharing with our readers our special book recommendations, written by us at Cypress! Our monthly recommendations also appear on the relevant website homepages – so feel free to check them out there too.

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!


 

Learning Chinese

Series: A Collection of Chinese Short Stories

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Feb 16