长篇 // Changpian // Longform
Welcome to the 19th edition of Changpian, a selection of feature and opinion writing in Chinese. With other resources devoted to the many interesting sound bites from Chinese social media, this newsletter focuses instead on some of the wealth of longer writing that is produced in Chinese, both in traditional news media and on platforms like WeChat.
Changpian includes any nonfiction writing, from stories and investigations to interviews and blog posts, that I found worth my time – and that you might like as well. It aims to be relevant to an understanding of Chinese society today, covering topics in and outside the news cycle.
The selection is put together by me, Tabitha Speelman, a Dutch journalist and researcher currently based in Leiden, The Netherlands. Feedback is very welcome (email@example.com or @tabithaspeelman). Back issues can be found here.
A late happy 夏至. Thanks for reading and for your messages, including those asking whether this issue would ever arrive. If you could use more longform stories from China, you might also like Chinarrative, a new project by Sixth Tone’s Colum Murphy that includes a newsletter. Compared to Changpian’s 杂锅, Chinarrative seems to focus more exclusively on narrative nonfiction, with each issue discussing a couple of quality stories in more depth. It links to the Chinese original but also includes beautifully translated excerpts. I recommend checking it out.
干货 // Ganhuo // Dry Goods
In this section, I highlight any (loose) themes that stood out in my recent reading.
At the top today just three older stories by (very) young people:
Among the many articles commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the Wenchuan earthquake last May, a feature by a team of Wuhan University students at university publication 武大新视点 stands out. Written up by first-year student Zhang Yingyu, 《记者们的震后十年》 is based on in-depth interviews with journalists who covered the events in 2008. Continue reading