The People’s Republic of the Disappeared

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The People’s Republic of the Disappeared: Stories from inside China’s system for enforced disappearances. Ed. Michael Caster,‎ Foreword by Dr Teng Biao
Safeguard Defenders (November 10, 2017)
ISBN-10: 099937060X
ISBN-13: 978-0999370605

“You are now under residential surveillance at a designated location. Your only right is to obey.”

With these words, Chinese lawyer Xie Yang was introduced to the brutality of Residential Surveillance at a Designated Location (RSDL), China’s rapidly expanding system for enforced disappearances. Little is known of RSDL, or what happens inside.

The People’s Republic of the Disappeared will change that. RSDL facilities, often secret, custom-built and unmarked prisons, are run by police or State Security officials. Inside, people are placed outside the normal legal system, left in solitary confinement, interrogated repeatedly, and often subjected to torture. There is no oversight of the police, and no protection for those inside. In RSDL, you simply vanish. In RSDL, the police have total control. Continue reading

Frontiers of Literary Studies in China 11.3

The latest issue of Frontiers of Literary Studies in China now available! Below, please find the table of contents and see the link for more information:
Volume 11, Issue 3, 2017

“How the Yue Yi lun Was Lost: Calligraphy, the Cultural Legacy, and Tang Women Rulers,” by Rebecca Doran, pp.: 427–461 (35)

“Literary Activities among the “Educated Youth”: Background on Bei Dao’s Waves,” by Suzuki Masahisa, pp.: 462–487 (26)

“Female Relations: Voiceless Women in ‘Liuyi jie’ and ‘Zhufu’,” by G. Andrew Stuckey, pp.: 488–509 (22)

“Media, Redemption, and Myth Superscription in Zhang Yimou’s Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles,” by Luying Chen, pp.: 510–535 (26)

“The Absurd and the Comical in The Piano in a Factory,” by Xiaoling Shi, pp.: 536–562 (27) Continue reading

Cornell Contemporary China Initiative

Hi everyone,

Cornell’s Contemporary China Initiative, a weekly lecture organized and hosted by professor Robin McNeal, is now in its third year, and has accumulated a substantial number of digitized, hour-long talks that may be useful to list members.

At the CCCI repository, there are talks by Sebastian Veg (on intellectuals in the contemporary public sphere), Magnus Fiskejö (on the show trials of Hong Kong booksellers), Paola Iovene (on the trope of ), Wendy Su (on the PRC film industry and Chinese soft power), Yiyun Li (on her book Dear Friend, migration, and language), Leta Hong Fincher (on leftover women 剩女), Carlos Rojas (on 马华文学), myself (on literary copies, prose poetry and imitation architecture) and a lot lot more. Other talks range from economics to power politics, but I’ve already gone on too long. The full archive resides here:


Nick Admussen  <>

“Lu Xun Travels around the World”

Should anyone be interested in the research background to my translation of Lu Xun’s “What Happens After Nora Lives Home” in the volume Jottings under Lamplight edited by Eileen J. Cheng and Kirk A Denton (a review of which was recently posted on the MCLC list), please see my article “Lu Xun Travels around the World: From Beijing, Oslo and Sydney to Cambridge, Massachusetts”, published in Lu Xun and Australia, edited by Mabel Lee, Chiu-yee Cheung and Sue Wiles (Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishers, 2016), pp. 226-30.

You can download the article here:

Best wishes,

Bonnie S McDougall Continue reading

TAP fall 2017

The fall 2017 issue of the Trans Asia Photography Review is now available at You may need to refresh your browser to see the new contents. Addressing the theme of “Art and Vernacular Photographies in Asia”, this issue features the following articles and book reviews:


  • Russet Lederman, Then and Now: Japanese Women Photographers’ Books
  • Shuxia Chen, Departing from Socialist Realism: April Photo Society, 1979-1981
  • Joanna Wolfarth, Lineage and Legitimacy: Exploring Royal-Familial Photographic Triads in Cambodia
  • Lee Young June, Photography as a State Apparatus: Resident Registration Card Photography in South Korea
  • Ajay Sinha, Iconology in Transcultural Photography
  • Marine Cabos, The Cultural Revolution through the Prism of Vernacular Photography

Continue reading

Cross-Currents, no. 24

New China-Related Content: Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review (September 2017 online issue)


Special Issue: “Naming Modernity: Rebranding and Neologisms during China’s Interwar Global Moment in Eastern Asia”
Introduction to “Naming Modernity: Rebranding and Neologisms during China’s Interwar Global Moment in Eastern Asia”
Guest editor, Anna Belogurova (Freie Universität Berlin)

Li Yujie and the Rebranding of the White Lotus Movement
David Ownby (Université de Montréal)

China as the Leader of the Small and Weak: The Ruoxiao Nations and Guomindang Nationalism
Craig A. Smith (Australian National University)

Networks, Parties, and the “Oppressed Nations”: The Comintern and Chinese Communists Overseas, 1926–1935
Anna Belogurova (Freie Universität Berlin)

New Revolutionary Agenda: The Interwar Japanese Left on the “Chinese Revolution”
Tatiana Linkhoeva (New York University)

“Awakening Asia”: Korean Student Activists in Japan, The Asian Kunglun, and Asian Solidarity, 1910–1923
Dolf-Alexander Neuhaus (Goethe University Frankfurt)

From Revolutionary Culture to Original Culture and Back: “On New Democracy” and the Kampucheanization of Marxism-Leninism, 1940–1965
Matthew Galway (University of British Columbia) Continue reading

Made in China 2.3

Dear Colleagues

I am glad to announce the publication of the latest issue of Made in China, the open access quarterly on Chinese labour and civil society supported by the Australian Centre on China in the World, the Australian National University. You can download the pdf for free and subscribe at this link: Below you can find the editorial of the new issue:

Chinese Labour in a Global Perspective

In today’s globalised and interconnected world, Chinese labour issues have become much more than merely a local matter. With China’s political and economic power increasing by the day, it is imperative not only to assess how this growing influence affects labour relations in other countries, but also to abandon an ‘exceptional’ view of China by engaging in more comparative research. In this sense, the study of Chinese labour indeed provides a powerful lens—or perhaps a mirror—to further our understanding of the contemporary world and our potential futures. Continue reading

New Literary History of Modern China review

Source: LARB China Channel (10/9/17)
Republic of Letters
Eleanor Goodman reviews A New Literary History of Modern China, edited by David Der-Wei Wang
By Eleanor Goodman

One evening this summer as I was waiting for a table at a restaurant, I overheard a well-dressed woman describing a bike trip she was planning to take to Japan. “I’m so excited about it,” she told her companion, “that I just picked up Memoirs of a Geisha.”

That literature is a window onto a culture – a point of access that can be utilized even from afar, a safe mental space in which one’s own attitudes, prejudices, preconceptions, and expectations can be challenged and even altered – is an idea that is not only true but important. In an era in which globalism is a simple fact and travel to previously remote places is easy and ordinary, while simultaneously xenophobia and racial fear-mongering are on the rise, there is an increasing need for exposure to other cultures in many forms. Then again, reading a book written by a white man about sex workers in the 1930s and 40s does not necessarily offer the most accurate picture of Japan as it exists today. Continue reading

Chinese Literature Today 6.1

Dear MCLC List members,

I am very happy to announce that Chinese Literature Today vol. 6 no. 1 is now available and can be found on the Routledge website ( I want to thank CLT’s readers for their patience in 2016 as CLT transitioned into a new partnership with Routledge. CLT will now reach exponentially more readers across the globe while delivering the quality of presentation and timeliness that its readers have come to expect. Dr. Zhu Ping, Associate Professor of Chinese Literature at the University of Oklahoma, will become Deputy Editor in Chief, a role that I have held since 2010. Dr. Zhu has long worked as an Associate Editor of CLT and will serve ably as the new Deputy Editor in Chief. I will now direct more of my attention to my  new role as Curator of the Chinese Literature Translation Archive at the University of Oklahoma Libraries and will become CLT’s new Deputy Executive Director. I will work with Dr. Zhu and colleagues at World Literature Today, Beijing Normal University, and Routledge to ensure that CLT readers have access to the best, most compelling literature coming out of China today.


Jonathan Stalling <>

Below is the TOC of #11 for your convenience.


6 Introduction, by Jonathan Stalling
8 Ruined City, by Jia Pingwa
14 Butterfly’s Reincarnation: From Zhuang Zhidie to Lao Sheng, by Zhang Xiaoqin
18 Carrying on “Chinese Fiction” Traditions: An Interview with Jia Pingwa, by Zhang Qinghua24 The Jia Pingwa Project, by Nick Stember
29 Shaanxi Opera, by Jia Pingwa Continue reading

Chinese Visions of World Order

I am pleased to announce the publication of my edited volume Chinese Visions of World Order: Tianxia, Culture, and World Politics (Duke University Press). Contributors examine the evolution of the Confucian doctrine of tianxia (all under heaven), which aspires to a unitary worldview that cherishes global justice and transcends social divides, showing how it has shaped China’s political organization, foreign policy, and worldview from the Han dynasty to the present.–Wang Ban <>

“From an explanation of the on-the-ground way in which tianxia unfolded during the Han dynasty as a form of multiethnic, multicultural political unity to reflections on socialist internationalism and foreign policy, Chinese Visions of World Order brilliantly investigates Chinese forms of universality and global unity over the centuries and in contemporary society. Broad in historical scope and approach, these studies are important contributions to evolving research on world systems, empire, and cultural or political authority.” — Wendy Larson, author of From Ah Q to Lei Feng: Freud and Revolutionary Spirit in Twentieth-Century China

To read the Introduction of this volume and to order the paperback at a 30% discount, please visit and enter coupon code E17WANG during checkout.


Chinese Shakespeares translation

Chinese Shakespeares: Two Centuries of Cultural Exchange, by Alexa Alice Joubin (Columbia University Press) is now available in Chinese, translated by Sun Yanna and Zhang Ye (Shanghai: East China Normal University Press), 2017. ISBN: 9787567553033莎士比亚的中国旅行-从晚清到21世纪-黄诗芸/dp/B071DDB6DK/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1506566797&sr=8-4&keywords=莎士比亚中国

For close to two hundred years, the ideas of Shakespeare have inspired incredible work in the literature, fiction, theater, and cinema of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. From the novels of Lao She and Lin Shu to Lu Xun’s search for a Chinese “Shakespeare,” and from Feng Xiaogang’s martial arts films to labor camp memoirs, Soviet-Chinese theater, Chinese opera in Europe, and silent film, Shakespeare has been put to work in unexpected places, yielding a rich trove of transnational imagery and paradoxical citations in popular and political culture. Continue reading

Jottings under Lamplight

Eileen J. Cheng and I are pleased to announce publication of Jottings under Lamplight, a volume of Lu Xun’s essays in English translation that we coedited. See below for details.–Kirk Denton

Lu Xun (1881–1936) is widely considered the greatest writer of twentieth-century China. Although primarily known for his two slim volumes of short fiction, he was a prolific and inventive essayist. Jottings under Lamplight showcases Lu Xun’s versatility as a master of prose forms and his brilliance as a cultural critic with translations of sixty-two of his essays, twenty of which are translated here for the first time.

While a medical student in Tokyo, Lu Xun viewed a photographic slide that purportedly inspired his literary calling: it showed the decapitation of a Chinese man by a Japanese soldier, as Chinese bystanders watched apathetically. He felt that what his countrymen needed was a cure not for their physical ailments but for their souls. Autobiographical accounts describing this and other formative life experiences are included in Jottings, along with a wide variety of cultural commentaries, from letters, speeches, and memorials to parodies and treatises. Continue reading

Old Demons, New Dieties

List members may be interested in the publication of Old Demons, New Deities: Twenty-one Short Stories from Tibet (OR Books, 2017), edited by Tenzin Dickie. The collection includes pieces by Tibetan writers from around the globe, a number of whom live and work in China, and contains translations from Chinese and Tibetan as well as pieces originally written in English. More information can be found here:


Chris Peacock

Journal of Chinese Humanities 3.2

Journal of Chinese Humanities has just released Volume 3.2 on the subject Historical Memory and Changing Paradigms.  Among other things, it contains an interesting discussion of the trend toward “indigenization” in Chinese humanities, and the connection of this to Confucianism, by Wang Xuedian; and a review by Joshua Mason of Huang Yushun’s English-language book, Voice from the East: The Chinese Theory of Justice (translated by Hou Pingping and Wang Keyou; Reading, UK: Paths International, 2016).

You can read abstracts on our website, and you can subscribe by going to our publisher’s page,

TABLE OF CONTENTS – Journal of Chinese Humanities, Vol. 3.2: Historical Memory and Changing Paradigms

The Paradigmatic Crises in China’s Minzu Studies: Reflections from the Perspective of Human Development
Author: ZHANG Xiaojun
pp.: 135-155

Where Is China Headed? New Tendencies in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Author: WANG Xuedian
pp.: 156-176 Continue reading

Book of Swindles

Dear colleagues,

Bruce Rusk and I are delighted to announce the publication of The Book of Swindles: Selections from a Late Ming Collection (Columbia, 2017). This year happens to be the 400th anniversary of the earliest datable edition, and the theme has some contemporary relevance.


Christopher Rea <>

The Book of Swindles: Selections from a Late Ming Collection
By Zhang Yingyu. Translated by Christopher Rea and Bruce Rusk.
Columbia University Press, 2017
ISBN: 9780231178631

This is an age of deception. Con men ply the roadways. Bogus alchemists pretend to turn one piece of silver into three. Devious nuns entice young women into adultery. Sorcerers use charmed talismans for mind control and murder. A pair of dubious monks extorts money from a powerful official and then spends it on whoring. A rich student tries to bribe the chief examiner, only to hand his money to an imposter. A eunuch kidnaps boys and consumes their “essence” in an attempt to regrow his penis. These are just a few of the entertaining and surprising tales to be found in this seventeenth-century work, said to be the earliest Chinese collection of swindle stories. Continue reading