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The Other Shore: On Virginia Pye’s River of Dust

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By Maura Elizabeth Cunningham Virginia Pye wrote her debut novel, River of Dust, in only 28 days. But as she recently explained during a session that I moderated at the Shanghai International Literary Festival, the book was a hundred years in the making. Pye’s family has a long history in China. Her grandparents served as […]

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Hong Kong, Beyond the Neon Lights

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By Maura Elizabeth Cunningham I doubt anyone goes to Hong Kong specifically to explore the Ping Shan or Lung Yeuk Tau Heritage Trails. After all, this former British colony (now a Chinese Special Administrative Region, or SAR) offers visitors a plethora of other attractions: world-class dining, exciting nightlife, a spectacular skyline, and high-end shopping, just […]


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Troubled Waters

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By Maura Elizabeth Cunningham On a recent visit to Beijing, I spent a few hours one Saturday afternoon wandering the grounds of Yiheyuan, or Summer Palace, in the city’s northwest. The “palace” — generally called the “New Summer Palace” to differentiate it from an earlier one that foreign armies destroyed in 1860 — is not […]