Yiyun Li: ‘Do you know that feeling of sadness when you glimpse an old part of a city that has been erased from history?’ Photograph: Drew Kelly/The New York Times

There is no prerequisite for becoming a writer, but in many ways Yiyun Li had the odds stacked against her. Born in Beijing in 1972, Li (...)

Last week a well-known writer called Hao Qun, whose pen name is Murong Xuecun, had his Weibo accounts with the providers Sina, Tencent, Net-Ease, and Sohu deleted simultaneously. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

In its latest effort to muzzle dissent and steer public opinion, the Chinese government has started to shut or freeze microblogs written by pro(...)