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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The era of Xi Jinping
On the China Dream and the guiding ideology of Xi Jinping
The new era
Ready or not, China is here
Tutu Bob of Kings Cross
A local tour guide proves there is still plenty of life in the Cross
‘Between the World and Me’ by Ta-Nehisi Coates
‘Smoke Gets in Your Eyes’ by Caitlin Doughty
A&U Canongate; $27.99
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?
The rising tide of narcissism
Anne Manne’s ‘The Life of I’ takes aim at a modern epidemic
The end of secrets
Privacy is fast becoming a quaint old-fashioned thing
Japan, China, Senkaku, Diaoyu
Why is Australia taking sides in the East China Sea?
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
A day in North Korea
Big statues, high swings and a ‘Sound of Music’ sing-along
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