Read Paper Republic is a free online publication initiative for readers who wonder what new Chinese fiction in English translation has to offer and would like to dip a toe in the water. The stories are are organized into series:
Read Paper Republic – Dispatches Series Two
Our second series of non-fiction from all corners of China has just launched. Our second series of creative non-fiction from China includes accounts of fortune-tellers, corpse preservers and law schools. Our thanks, as ever, go to our collaborators One-Way Street Magazine (单读) and the Los Angeles Review of Books’ China Channel for making this project possible.
- A Fortuneteller in a Modern Metropolis
- Searching for Bodies
- Lessons in the Law
- March on Beijing - The Picun Writers Group Part 1
- Mo Yan's Country
- March on Beijing - The Picun Writers' Group Part 2
Read Paper Republic – Dispatches Series One
A selection of non-fiction pieces chosen from OWMagazine (单读) in a three-way collaboration between Paper Republic, OWMagazine, and the Los Angeles Review of Books’ China Channel. Series One in 2018 included some of our favourite writers as well as some new voices, from different corners of China.
Read Paper Republic – Bare Branches
November 11th was originally a day for singletons in China to either bemoan or celebrate their unattached status, but is increasingly an excuse for unbridled consumerism. In 2017 Paper Republic marked the occasion with a new run of four free-to-view short stories about love, longing, and loneliness. We were delighted to work with Michelle Deeter as our managing editor for the series, which we called “Bare Branches” (a literal translation of the Chinese name for the occasion, 光棍节).
Read Paper Republic – Afterlives
A mini-series of six stories in which death is merely the beginning of the story.
- The Path to Freedom
- Two Young Women From Fuyang
- The Northern Border
- Where Did I Lose You?
- Dragon Boat
Read Paper Republic – the first campaign
Between 18th June 2015 and 16th June 2016, we published a complete, free-to-view short story, essay or poem by a contemporary Chinese writer every week. We would like to thank all the writers who gave us permission to publish their work, the translators who donated their translations, and the Paper Republic team who not only edited every story, essay and poem but also spent hours promoting the campaign around the world.
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