Author Archives: Jeremiah

The Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Luck of the Brothers Zhao

Question: Define “Unlucky.” Answer: “Being born a son of the Song imperial family in the last days of the dynasty just as the Mongols were starting to slap around your army generals like the generals owed them the rent money.” The … Continue reading

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Chinese Academy of Social Sciences throwing shade at The New Qing History

Why did the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences launch an attack on Qing historians Mark Elliott, James Millward, and Pamela Crossley? It seems they had the temerity to challenge long-cherished tropes of Qing history, and that Just! Won’t! Do! Continue reading

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Advice to New Wai: Things I wish I learned 13 years ago about life in China

Let’s face it: It’s not easy to live in China. These days even a well-known…less than critical observer of China like Daniel Bell is being kind of critical.  Lots of people — too many — are leaving. But you know what, … Continue reading

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Kind of Online in the PRC: The New Normal?

For anybody who still thinks China is a great business environment or that China has a bright future as a research hub, intellectual incubator, or simply a good place for their next office or factory, I would strongly suggest spending 30 minutes trying to do a few routine tasks that involve using the Internet. Continue reading

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From the Ruins of Empire…arise the nation-state

Empires want to be respected. Nation-states need to be loved. It’s a simple formula, and one that I share with author and historian of empire Pankaj Mishra. Continue reading

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