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!
Just heard from a reliable source that the Forbidden City will be closed from August 22-September 3. I checked online, and while there isn’t a notice posted, the Forbidden City website has suspended online reservations for those dates. The closure comes as the … [Read More...]
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, you can take away my Internet, cancel … [Read More...]
This year, I bought a MacBook Air. I love it, which is good because I'm pretty sure I paid more for my new computer than I did for my first car. The problem is that buying a fancy new computin' device and then hooking it up to the Chinese Internet is like … [Read More...]
Last week, China named Cuban strongman Fidel Castro the latest recipient of the Confucius Peace Prize, the country’s answer to the Nobel Prize in the same category.
The award was created hastily in 2010 when dissident and democracy activist Liu Xiaobo … [Read More...]