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...

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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