Sydney Review of Books

Linda Jaivin

is the author of eight books, including the China memoir The Monkey and the Dragon (2001). She is also an essayist and playwright, writing on such diverse subjects as sexuality, refugees, and Chinese culture and society. As a literary translator from Chinese, she specialises in subtitles for films, including Hero (2002), Farewell My Concubine (1993), and Wong Kar Wai’s upcoming The Grandmaster (2013). She has been a frequent visitor to mainland China since 1980.

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Pieces by this contributor:

A complex beast

Party Time begins, in effect, with a warning: of all the many ways in which China can be misunderstood, Callick asserts, the ‘most common misreading’ is ‘to praise China’s economic development while claiming such material success as a victory for capitalism or for Western technology.’