Monthly Archives: June 2011

A Good Book About China’s Environment

Today I finished reading Jonathan Watts’ When a Billion Chinese Jump, a book about China’s environment, and it’s problems. It’s good. It points to China’s place at the center of a lot of global environmental problems and the challenges of … Continue reading

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Red Songs and Exceptionalism

One of the jarring things about modern China is the persistence of Communist self-aggrandizing pageantry. July 1st is the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party and the commemoration is already in full swing. Newspapers are running special … Continue reading

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Desensitized to Violence

This is the front page of today’s English China Daily, and it stands as a reminder that there are some things which get censored in the United States that don’t in China. American journalism’s censorship is self-imposed, and there are … Continue reading

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Epcot Center

Almost every Chinese city has one: a mock-ancient village that is part tourist attraction, part shopping mall, and part culture exhibition center. Yesterday, I went to Tianjin’s version, Ancient Culture Street. The place is meticulously planned. At it’s entrance stands … Continue reading

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Commemorating an Anniversary

Yesterday, June 4th, was the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. Of course, Chinese media was silent (foreign media was too, for that matter). Instead, the country was busy with a different kind of patriotism, not the democracy and … Continue reading

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