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....

Three Self-Immolations Amid Crackdown, Debate

Three Tibetan self-immolations have taken place in recent days, according to exile media, amid vigorous discussion of the protests and a continued crackdown by Chinese authorities. From Dharamsala-based Tsezung Kyab,...

Red Tide

In Time, Jeffrey Wasserstrom reviews the new book by Zha Jianying, Tide Players: The Movers and Shakers of a Rising China, which he says, “covers all the bases” for someone trying to understand contemporary China:...

Opening of a campaign against public intellectuals?

Here is an article criticizing public intellectuals from the November 25  People’s Daily after first appearing in Liberation Daily ten days earlier. The South China Morning Post also reported last week that the Propaganda Bureau had banned news reports about “public intellectuals.” David Cowhig summarized the recent People’s Daily article in English: “The very concept […]

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