In The Gulou Days

By Alec Ash Nostalgia is hard to keep up with in China. That old bar, that old neighborhood, that old …

Restive Feelings: A Postcard from Xinjiang

By Alec Ash It was the first day of the Chinese new year [2014] in Urumqi, not that many Uighurs …

Bare Branches: Speed-Dating Games on Singles Day

By Alec Ash Just as the cold winds sweep the last leaves off Beijing’s trees, November 11 was Singles, or …

Netizens Unite: A Q&A with chinaSMACK Blog Founder Fauna

By Alec Ash Fauna (a web name) is the founder and editor of chinaSMACK, a website that translates popular and …

Funny Bones: A Q&A with Jesse Appell About Comedy in China

Photo by Fernanda Fraiz By Alec Ash Jesse Appell is a young American in Beijing who performs comedy in Chinese – …