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China Then and Now

Since Deng Xiaoping initiated market reforms over three decades ago, China has transformed from an...

“Five Star Billionaire” And Other Must-Read Books

Tash Aw, a writer born in Taipei who grew up in Kuala Lumpur before moving to England, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for his novel, “Five Star Billionaire,” a fictional self-help book for social climbers...

We’ll Always Have Dumplings ….

Returning to Beijing after a few years away, NPR’s Anthony Kuhn reports that traditionally polite questions like “how are you” and “have you eaten” no longer fit the bill. Now his main question...

The Perils of Forced Modernity: China-Tibet, America-Iraq

Jeffrey N Wasserstrom, a professor of history at the University of California, Irvine, writes on OpenDemocracy.org: The Chinese government’s plans for the Olympic games did not include a revolt in Tibet. The immediate...

Shanghaied Into Modernity – Antoaneta Bezlova

From Asia Times: When one of China’s top leaders in charge of the country’s architectural landscape recently berated Chinese cities for their breathless rush towards modernity, none deserved the reprimand more than Shanghai. This most forward-looking city in China is in a quandary. Driven by its overpowering desire to modernize, Shanghai wants to forge a […]

A new world with Chinese characteristics – David Gosset

From Asia Times: To maintain equilibrium between the different components of the Chinese world and to ensure that one-fifth of mankind lives in decent material conditions are the two main tasks of China’s leadership. These are also two major contributions to global stability. As China opens to the global village, one believes – and often […]

China to Become a 1960s-developed Nation by 2015 – Shanghai Youth Daily

Some new, weird numbers to chew on. From Shanghai Youth Daily via sina.com.cn, translated by CDT: A recently released paper, China Modernization Report 2007 (‰∏≠ÂõΩÁé∞‰ª£ÂåñÊä•Âëä2007), predicts that China will fully complete its “first modernization” by 2015, based on the growth rate between 1980 and 2004, meaning in eight years China will be as rich as […]

Photo Series: The Unbearable Heaviness of Industry – Zhou Hai

From Zhouhai.com: Industry provides the impetus for social development. The industrial stablishments upon which modern civilization is built-such as steel-making,imposes a heavy toll on those who take part in the process. These people form the very basis of an enormous infrastructure;yet,they are also seen as outcasts having to endure pain, physical or mental,in this great […]

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