Culture, Prose

Heartless Love

by Martin Yip The Chinese writing system is one of the most beautiful currently in use. Compared to alphabets, whose characters are phonographic (meaning they represent sounds), Chinese characters are logographic: each character represents a word or phrase. The result is a system that elegantly condenses information, and rich in aesthetic value. Around two millennia […]

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Poetry

無限 wú xìan – Boundless

by Yi Yun Soo 這無邊無際的大海 Zhè​wú​bīan wú​jì​de dà​hǎi 是思鄉情懷 Shì​sī​xīang qíng huái 亦是龐大的夢想 Yì shì​páng dà​de mèng xǐang 更是為未來擁抱的希望。 Gèng shì​wèi wèi lái yōng bào de xī​wàng 有了希望 才有力量 Yǒu le xī​wàng cái yǒu lì​liàng 活出一個無悔的人生。 Huó​chū​yí gè​wú​huǐ de rén shēng   This vast, boundless sea Could be our longing for home [And also] our […]

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Comment, Prose

English in Hong Kong: The Unfortunate Decline

by Jonathan Yeung Hong Kong has two official languages: English and Chinese. Legally, both languages are meant to have equal status. This is clearest on the streets, where all road signs are bilingual; English on top, Chinese on the bottom. Before 1997, when Hong Kong was a Crown colony, English was the language of government, […]

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Culture, Prose

Teaching in China: How not to learn Mandarin

by Emily Smith Last summer I was fairly determined to leave the UK. Taking advantage of that gloriously low effort skill of speaking one’s own native language, I headed to Nanchang, Jianxi in China where I taught English to high school and university students. I learnt a lot, but one thing I really didn’t learn […]

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Prose

滿江紅 – A New Translation of an Ancient Chinese Poem

by Zixin Jiang Background Ngok Fei (1103-1142) was a Chinese general in the Song dynasty. In 1126, the northern Jurchen civilisation invaded the Song dynasty and captured the Song capital Kaifeng and the Song emperor. Ngok Fei led the Song army in wars against the Jurchens and was about to recapture Kaifeng when the reigning […]

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