May Fourth Movement

The Post 80s Generation—Are the Kids All Right?

At ChinaFile, Sun Yunfan, Orville Schell and Damien Ma discuss the gap between members of China’s post-80s generation and their parents, based on a recent article by James Palmer that was featured on CDT last week. Sun...

Observations of a Protest

The following dispatch was sent to CDT by an American who was visiting Shanghai during the recent anti-Japan protests: Shanghai, September 18, 2012 – by Jane Wang On 9-18 (九一八), the anniversary of the Mukden Incident, I...

Hong Zhenkuai: Patriotism Doesn’t Mean Love of Government

China Elections and Governance has translated an op-ed first published in the Southern Metropolis Weekly. THe editr in charge of publishing it was later removed from his post. The piece, by historian and newspaper columnist Hong...

China Marks 90th Anniversary of ‘May Fourth Movement’

Danwei looks at domestic magazine coverage of the 90th anniversary of the May Fourth Movement: “Youth” is the day’s keyword. May 4 was designated National Youth Day in 1949 to commemorate the students in the...

Jeffrey N Wasserstrom: China’s Anniversary Tempest

On openDemocracy, Jeffrey N Wasserstrom writes about boycotts in Chinese history and more recently: In the perspective both of China’s 20th-century history and its last year, the spreading language of boycott offers two...

Cai Yuanpei and Charter 08

Jottings from a Granite Studio discusses the importance of Charter 08 in a historical context, in honor of Cai Yuanpei’s birthday: …To dismiss the importance of Charter 08 because it is the product of a single class...

Geremie R. Barmé: Mirrors of History

In Japan Focus, Geremie Barme writes about the historical antecedents to the recent anti-Japan protests: One could say there is a certain pattern of the past discernable in the way the authorities have run these protests. We have long seen in China political campaigns and mass movements that follow a similar pattern or political logic… […]

Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom: Why China Was So Worried About Those Student Protests

On History News Network, Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom writes: Western reports on the recent anti-Japanese protests by Chinese students have often stressed the need to pay attention to one sort of historical issue: ongoing controversies related to Japan’s treatment of its World War II atrocities. But to make sense fully of what has been going on […]

Jim Yardley: Chinese Police Head Off Anti-Japan Protests

From The New York Times: Thousands of police officers in Beijing and Shanghai stood guard on Wednesday in a show of force to ensure that one of China’s most sensitive political anniversaries did not erupt into a new wave of angry protests against Japan. The May 4 anniversary, a pivotal date in defining modern Chinese […]

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