Another classic attempt to “explain and understand” China from the CIA/NSC archives, this one is like some sort of unholy mash-up of John King Fairbank, Max Weber, Henry Luce, Edward Said, and the KMT propaganda department…but there is some useful archival footage as well as interviews with seminal American “China watchers” such as Theodore White and Pearl Buck. Huge h/t to my fellow historian G.T.
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- Do the people of Taiwan consider themselves Chinese?Jeremiah JenneJoseph Boyle has it right and many of the other answers have alluded to this: The problem is one of translation. One of the challenges with this kind of question is that we have one word in English ("Chinese") to cover a variety of words in the Chinese language which differ from each other […]
- Why do Chinese people try to enter trains before letting the passengers get out, even outside of China?Jeremiah JenneThis kind of question always elicits a strong response and understandably so. On one hand, to claim that subway etiquette, especially boarding and disembarking, is the same in Beijing as it is in, say, San Francisco or London is to be either naive or disingenuous. I've lived in Beijing for 13 years, and at […]
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