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Confucian Confusion

December 18, 2014

Last week, China named Cuban strongman Fidel Castro the latest recipient of the Confucius Peace Prize, but the Peace Prize isn’t China’s only wholesale commandeering of her most famous sage, known for his philosophy of ethics and morals. [Read More...]

And All My Words Come Back to Me…

October 14, 2014

As police move to take control of Queensway and city workers with power tools are dismantling the barricades, it's worth remembering that the PRC government was not always so threatened by unrest in Hong Kong. When it was Britain’s ox that was getting gored, China actually encouraged it. [Read More...]

Beware of Dog!

August 26, 2014

For whatever reason, a shocking number of people are terrified, actually overcome with fear by....Snickers. [Read More...]

Book Review: The Incarnations by Susan Barker

August 21, 2014

How many lifetimes does it take for two souls to truly bond? Susan Barker’s remarkable book The Incarnations is a time-bending fantasy with an unknown (and possible unreliable) narrator sweeping us down the rabbit hole of history. [Read More...]

Wealth and Power at Capital M

March 22, 2014

Historian John Delury gave an excellent talk at Capital M today about wealth and power as defining recent Chinese history, but how to fit a search for modernity into that equation? [Read More...]

Happy Learn from Lei Feng Day!

March 5, 2014

Just because Lei Feng's diary is about as real as a herd of purple unicorns doesn't take anything away from the central message: It's nice to be nice...and always follow the Chairman! [Read More...]
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