Linda Jaivin

Linda Jaivin
Linda Jaivin is an author and translator of Chinese. Her books include Eat Me, The Infernal Optimist and A Most Immoral Woman. Her most recent works are the novel The Empress Lover and the Quarterly Essay ‘Found in Translation’.

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Australian universities need US-style funding, not US-style fees

The share market


Does the future belong to “sharing economy” companies like Uber and Airbnb?

Mass murderer Anders Breivik on trial. © Frank Augstein / AP

The rising tide of narcissism

Anne Manne’s ‘The Life of I’ takes aim at a modern epidemic

A postcard showing the interior of Stateville Correctional Centre, Illinois, modelled on Bentham’s Panopticon. Courtesy of Alex Wellerstein

The end of secrets


Privacy is fast becoming a quaint old-fashioned thing

The islands Japan calls Senkaku and China calls Diaoyu. © Kyodo / Reuters 

Japan, China, Senkaku, Diaoyu


Why is Australia taking sides in the East China Sea?

Quarterly Essay 52, Found in Translation: In Praise of a Plural World is published by Black Inc.

Found in translation


When reading in one’s own language, it’s not unusual to come across a word or phrase that is difficult to decipher, even in context: twerking, for example. The reader can just venture a guess (or go to YouTube) and move on. The translator has no …

Jung Chang’s ‘Empress Dowager Cixi’


Jonathan Cape; $32.95

Children performing for tourists in Sinuiju, North Korea. © Linda Jaivin

A day in North Korea


Big statues, high swings and a ‘Sound of Music’ sing-along

Michelle Garnaut in her Beijing restaurant, Capital M

© Michelle Garnaut


Dining out with Michelle Garnaut


Her kitchen rules