Li Ling is a historian and a professor in the Department of Chinese Language and Literature,...
by Sophie Beach | Jan 13, 2012
In the New York Review of Books, Ian Johnson writes about his experiences on a ten-day qigong retreat in a cave: In November, I came to Jinhua with about 400 others on a ten-day retreat to study with Wang Liping, probably...
by Sophie Beach | Jan 3, 2012
Last year’s CCP Central Committee plenum focused on “cultural reform” and the main document released after the session was titled, “Central Committee Decision Concerning the Major Issue of Deepening Cultural...
by Sophie Beach | Jan 13, 2011
Another indication that Confucius is making a major comeback in China: His statue now gazes out upon Tiananmen Square. From AFP: A mammoth sculpture of the ancient philosopher Confucius was unveiled this week off one side of the...
by Sophie Beach | Oct 11, 2010
The New York Times reports on a declining craft in Zhejiang: Few products are as synonymous with China as silk. And for a time, no name was as synonymous with quality silk as Jili. In 1851, when the first World Expo, then called...
by Sophie Beach | Sep 1, 2010
Like much of old Beijing, Peking Opera is now rapidly fading into history. The New York Times reports on the fight to keep it alive: This modest and slightly shabby theater is part of the Beijing Opera Academy, in a neighborhood...
by Sophie Beach | Jul 6, 2010
The New York Times reports on a joint project by the Palace Museum in Beijing and the National Palace Museum in Taipei to research the stashing and protection of cultural relics during the 1930s and 40s: The original Palace...
by Sophie Beach | Jun 28, 2010
Sam Crane travels the Silk Road in a piece for Kyoto Journal: Today, Dunhuang is a major tourist destination, especially popular with Japanese, Koreans and Southeast Asians. It is a highlight of any contemporary Silk Road...
by Sophie Beach | Jun 18, 2010
From the English version of Caixin: Flames of the Cultural Revolution from 1966 to 1976 consumed many but also engendered a skeptical generation that’s marched along a winding road of Chinese cultural change for the past...
by Sophie Beach | May 14, 2010
Confucianism is making a comeback among China’s elite. From the Washington Post: A revival of interest in Confucius and other aspects of what Mao Zedong vilified as China’s noxious feudal past has been underway for...
by Sophie Beach | Feb 26, 2010
The Wall Street Journal has a video report on rarely seen Taoist temple paintings in remote Shanxi: In China’s Temple of Eternal Happiness is a stunning, ancient wall mural seen by few people because of its remote location...
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