Monthly Archives: November 2011

Of Buildings and Real-Estate

Construction, real-estate, and housing are on my mind this week. First, Beijing’s real-estate prices have been dropping steadily in recent months. This week many papers are carrying stories about bored and out of work real-estate agents as well as sob … Continue reading

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School Buses and Political Consciousness

One of the regularly offered predictions in the debate over the political future of China is the idea that as incomes, freedom, and access to information increase, movement toward liberal-democratic government becomes inevitable. The way a story about a deadly … Continue reading

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A Crisis of Trust

I’ve written before about the way a competing claims from government, media, and individuals creates a reality where truth is slippery and misinformation hard to root out, but the theme has come back in recent weeks with examples of how … Continue reading

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