Why is Australia taking sides in the East China Sea?
Japan, China, Senkaku, Diaoyu
When a friend of mine was a little boy in Taiwan, and his parents fought, his father would run onto the street to scream at his mother, who was still inside, so that the neighbours would hear all his complaints. His father, from inland China, had joined Chiang
Big statues, high swings and a ‘Sound of Music’ sing-along
A day in North Korea
Our bus, the only vehicle on the road, mounts the truss bridge. Crisscrossing girders slice the pale morning light into shafts and planes that create layers of wispy veils. At the vanishing point, just under a kilometre away, stiff-backed soldiers shimmer, mirage-like.
Jonathan Cape; $32.95
Jung Chang’s ‘Empress Dowager Cixi’
Although Empress Dowager Cixi agreed to sit for a portrait by the American artist Katharine Carl in 1903, she forbade Carl to use Western techniques of perspective for the face. In the detailed, even sumptuous painting, Cixi’s features appear flat, shado