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Jonathan Spence: As Luck Would Have It

Kate Whitehead at South China Morning Post gives a detailed profile of Jonathan Spence, the prominent China scholar and Yale history professor: The way Spence tells his life story, luck played a big role in his success, too....

Scholar and Chinapol Founder Dies at 72

Richard Baum, longtime China watcher, former director of UCLA’s U.S.-China Center and founder of the Chinapol listserv, died on December 14 at age 72. An obituary in the LA Times explains his life’s work and the path...

Obituary: David Hawkes

The Guardian ran an obituary of David Hawkes, celebrated China scholar who translated Hong Lou Meng with the title The Story of the Stone, Volume 1, ‘The Golden Days’: When approached by Penguin Classics in 1970, he...

Chinese Mourn Ji, Acclaimed Scholar

From China Daily: One day after the death of one of the country’s greatest minds, Chinese paid their respects Sunday to Ji Xianlin, a widely acclaimed linguist and “national treasure”. The line of mourners was...

Erudite Confusion

Scholarly debate continues over the meaning and significance of the words of Confucius, China’s most influential moral and political philosopher.  Yu Dan’s newest book, Confucius from the Heart, is drawing criticism...

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