Helen Wang

Helen Wang is Curator of East Asian Money at the British Museum, and author of non-fiction books such as Money on the Silk Road: The Evidence from Eastern Central Asia to c. AD 800 to Chairman Mao Badges: Symbols and Slogans of the Cultural Revolution. She’s also a translator of Chinese literature, a contributor to the Paper Republic website, and part of the team behind Read Paper Republic, publishing a short story, poem or essay translated from Chinese – one a week for a year. Find her on twitter at @helenwanglondon.


  • The End of the Only Child Era

    FOR 30 YEARS the one-child policy was one of the first things people learned about China. I learned about it in geography at school in the UK around 1980, and it’s fixed in my memory with photos of Chinese nurseries. ...