Posted by Jeremy Goldkorn on Monday, August 28, 2006 at 11:40 AM
The last episode of Danwei TV's Hard Hat Show was an interview with the writer Mike Meyer, who is completing a book about his experiences living in the hutong area west of Qianmen. He introduced us to a Chinese writer living in the area, Zhang Jinqi (张金起).
Zhang has recently published a book about the history of that area: The Carnal History of The Eight Big Hutongs (八大胡同里的尘缘旧事, available on Chinese online retailers Joyo and Dangdang).
This episode is a brief interview with Zhang, where we find out a little more about the area's colorful and bawdy history, and get Zhang's views on restoration of historical sites in China.
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