Read Paper Republic

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 organized into series:

Food Glorious Food

Paper Republic is thrilled to announce the publication of the latest Read Paper Republic series, Food Glorious Food. This is the next instalment of our mini-series of complete, free-to-read short stories translated from Chinese to English. This edition includes six contemporary pieces all based on or around one of China’s favourite pastimes: eating.

This series features stories from talented authors, including Xu Xiaobin, Hong Ying, Wu Ang, Sabrina Huang, Yang Shuangzi, and Zheng Zhi, all translated by up-and-coming literary translators. The stories range from historical fiction exploring complex relationships and social inequality to a daring tale of kidnap at the hands of a food delivery driver. Original artwork for the series was created by Brenda Chi. Paper Republic will publish one story a week over the next 6 weeks on Paper Republic’s website and social media pages.

Previous series:

A Month of Women Poets

Figures in a Landscape


China Dispatches 2

Original Series

China Dispatches


Bare Branches