Interview with Hole in the Wall Collective on Beijing's artistic hutong neighborhoods for NeoCha.
"“Beijing is a city of constant change. It is where anything can happen—the good, the bad, and the ugly.” This is how the third issue of Hole in the Wall Collective’s zine begins. In a colorful illustration next to these words, two people, a young woman in overalls and an elderly man hunched over a cane, watch the demolition of an old brick building amid piles of rubble and a towering construction crane."
Interview with translator Bonnie Huie on Qiu Miaojin's Notes of a Crocodile for Neocha.
"When I picked up Qiu Miaojin’s Notes of a Crocodile, recently translated by Bonnie Huie, I was utterly enthralled. I’d never read a book quite like it—a young girl’s coming-of-age tale told through cinematic vignettes, journal entries, and love letters. More than a traditional novel, it feels like a collage of Qiu’s personal musings and sources of inspiration. I refused to put it down for three days, and even missed my stop on the subway while eagerly taking in Qiu’s words.
After I finished, I had to know more. Who was Qiu Miaojin? What inspired her to write Notes? Why had I never heard of her?"
Photo Essay: Hiking across Shanxi and Hebei Provinces for Latterly Mag
In the spring of 2014, I set off on a trip to rural Shānxī (山西) province with my study abroad group. Our itinerary included seeing fragments of Great Wall ruins, spending the night with a home stay family in a small village, and hiking through rocky, mountainous terrain in Héběi (河北) province before returning to Beijing by bus.