50 China Review International: Vol. 11, No. 1, Spring 2004 introduction, by providing detailed historical and contextual information, that makes accessible what has until recently been a particularly hard-to-appreciate aspect of twentieth-century Chinese society: its thriving yet hard-to-fathom stage culture. Particularly surprising is the subtlety with which Chinese dramatists have addressed and continue to address problems in their society, something we have been conditioned not to expect given the realities of government censorship and politically correct discourse. All in all, this volume provides a refreshing and fascinating entryway into a little appreciated corner of contemporary Chinese culture and society. Howard Giskin Howard Giskin is a professor of English at Appalachian State University and is interested in Chinese literature, history, and religion. Ekaterina Yurievna Chirkova. In Search of Time in Peking Mandarin. CNWS Publications, vol. 125. Leiden: CNWS Publications, 2003. ix, 127 pp. Paperback 19.00, isbn 5057890895. Ekaterina Chirkova's In Search of Time in Peking Mandarin is a delightful surprise-- at once scholarly, current, and very readable. Perhaps what is most impressive about it is that it reminds us, once again, in a patient and not pedantic or preaching manner, that our definition of what constitutes a "standard" language
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