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Chutzpah!

From their website:

Chutzpah! was originally Tiannan, a literary magazine dedicated to vernacular folk writing founded in 1982 by the Guangdong Vernacular Artists’ Association. In 2005, Modern Media Group purchased the magazine and converted it into a book review magazine called Modern Book Review. In 2011, it was renamed Chutzpah! and transformed into a new literary bimonthly. Chutzpah, a Yiddish word originally meaning "insolence" and "impertinence," entered English with the added connotations of "audacity" and "sheer nerve." We at Chutzpah! take this to encompass "innovation" and "experimentation." Chutzpah! and Tiannan are now the Chinese and English names of the magazine, reflecting its outer image and inner spirit.  

China’s literary magazine market is filled with diverse products of varying quality. Most either chase ephemeral fashions, offering a fast-food-like reading experience, or indulge in narcissistic ivory-tower navel-gazing. Fashionable magazines strive for visual effect, padding beautiful images with writing that is shallow and out of date, while highbrow magazines yoked to outdated editing frameworks do a poor job of attracting readers. No magazine provides in-depth reading and visual experience at the same time. Chutzpah! aims to fill this gap, exploring new ideas and literary forms and creating a fresh, modern kind of reading experience.

Chutzpah!’s domestic serial number in the PRC is CN 44-1181/I, and its International Standard Serial Number is ISSN1004-6399. The magazine is 185mm X 230mm, and each issue runs for more than 260 pages, partially printed in color. Each issue contains a “parasite” of selected English translations of the content, called Peregrine. Chutzpah! releases on the 1st of the month once every two months, domestically and internationally, and is available in bookstores and at newsstands. The hard copy of the magazine features in-depth reading, and the accompanying website is an online space dedicated to domestic and international literary news, as well as an open forum for the authors, editors, and readers. The print magazine, with its bimonthly cycle, cannot instantaneously capture the happenings of the literary world, so the website strives to provide real-time information, featuring content from the magazine as well as weekly, sometimes daily, updates..

Last Updated: July 7, 2016

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06.05.12

The Thinker

from Chutzpah!
The SunHe could still recall his feelings the first time he saw the Siyun Mountain Observatory thirty-four years ago, when the ambulance crossed the mountain ridge and the main peak appeared in the distance, its domed telescope roofs reflecting the...

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06.04.12

But Some of Us Are Looking at the Stars

from Chutzpah!
The wild nature of a realist The moment that someone decides to write, if it’s truly miraculous, is often likened to a “flash of inspiration.” Haruki Murakami’s description of such a moment is a classic example, and whether true or not, it has a...

Culture

04.21.12

A Gift from Bill Gates

from Chutzpah!
My name is Thousands (“Yiqianji”) and I’ve worked in all sorts of jobs. Most recently, I’ve been spending my time at home writing, and in my spare time, help my mother out picking vegetables. (With the recession, a good job’s hard to find.) Every...

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04.21.12

A Pension Plan, a Story by Ha Jin

from Chutzpah!
It was said that Mr. Sheng suffered from a kind of senile dementia caused by some infarction in his brain. I was sure it was neither Parkinson’s nor Alzheimer’s, because I had learned quite a bit about both during my training to be a health aide. He...

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04.06.12

Three Poems by Han Dong

from Chutzpah!
Foggy It’s foggy, or smoky Perhaps it’s smog No one’s surprised by that You can look straight into the sun, floating Like the moon in ashen clouds No one’s surprised by that This morning is no different from other mornings Yesterday and...