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Wealth and Power at Capital M

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? Continue reading

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Why do we call it “Spring Festival”?

Has there ever been a blander term than “Spring Festival”? For thousands of years it was simply the New Year, at least according to the moon. So what changed? (Cross-posted on Rectified.name) Continue reading

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Envy and Antipathy: Chinese historical attitudes toward Japan

The roots of modern day attitudes toward Japan in China have roots dating back over a century, characterized by a mix of envy and antipathy. Continue reading

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Another CIA/NSC Archive Film: “China: The Roots of Madness” (1967)

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 … Continue reading

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It’s not “Who do you love?” that matters, but “What do you fear the most?”

In class two weeks ago we were watching the documentary series China From the Inside when one of my students asked, with some reason, that if there was so much hardship and discontent why does the CCP enjoy such broad … Continue reading

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