Vikram Seth’s Three Chinese Poets

I’ve been reading Vikram Seth’s Three Chinese Poets (1992) by HarperPerennial, which includes poems by Li Bai, Du Fu and Wang Wei. His translation of these Tang verse is superior to other versions I’ve read: there is more clarity in rendering the imagery, and more attention to the rhythm of lines. However, as in the…

Racial equality in UK and Hong Kong

I find The Guardian’s politically correct way of describing ethnic races most fascinating. It is almost funny to me how much attention they pay to the linguistic terms. This is how it goes: Do not use ethnic to mean black or Asian people. In a British sense, they are an ethnic minority; in a world…