The Associated Press’ Huizhong Wu reports that at least 23 people have been detained following protests across Inner Mongolia against recently announced language education reforms. The new policies would gradually replace...
by Sophie Beach | Jan 30, 2010
In the Wall Street Journal, Ian Buruma writes about Google vs. China and the history of information control in China: Thought control, in terms of imposing an official orthodoxy, is a very old tradition. The official glue that...
by Sophie Beach | Jun 25, 2009
Martin Jacques writes in the New Statesman: Apart from its extraordinary longevity and bursts of efflorescent invention, the most striking feature of Chinese history is the fact that while Europe, following the fall of the Roman...
by Sophie Beach | Jun 23, 2009
The Guardian hosts a debate over the concept of “Chineseness” and the influence of the West. Martin Jacques begins: Let me give a number of examples of how China is and will remain different. Although for the last...
by Xiao Qiang | May 2, 2009
From EastSouthWestNorth blog, translated by Roland Soong: The nationalist feelings that have been rising and falling in recent years reflect the anxiety of the Chinese people over their self-identity. Our anxiety is causing the...
by Jenny Leung | Dec 4, 2008
This is a continuation of the series on CDT relating to relevant China issues in 2008. This article deals with Chinese Nationalism and Internet Culture. Please see also previous posts on the Developing World. Chinese nationalism...
by Sophie Beach | Aug 6, 2008
The Globe and Mail reports on the Chinese government’s effort to use the Olympics as a means to recreate the national image: At the glitzy show that China will unveil to the world at the opening ceremonies on Friday, it is...
by Xiao Qiang | May 29, 2007
From AP, via Baynews9.com: David Tang is famous for founding the Shanghai Tang label that put Mandarin-collared shirts, cheongsam dresses and other Chinese-style fashion on boutique shelves from New York to Paris.But one of his big regrets, he says, is that the clothes aren’t more popular in China. The 52-year-old Hong Kong fashion mogul was […]
by Sophie Beach | Apr 16, 2007
Asia Times reports on the “Third Wave” of external migration from China into Southeast Asia: Northern Thailand is only one of their destinations. Large numbers of Chinese are also moving into northern Myanmar, northern Laos, Cambodia and further abroad – including the Pacific islands, Australia, the United States, the Russian Far East and Japan. More […]
by Sophie Beach | Sep 22, 2006
From the New York Times, via Howard French’s Glimpse of the World blog: The question seemed innocuous enough when it appeared in an online poll this month on the popular Chinese Internet portal Netease: Would you like to be Chinese in the next life? It is the answer that proved dangerous. Sixty-four percent of respondents […]
by Sophie Beach | Sep 20, 2006
From The Guardian: Chinese authorities have shut down an online survey that found most respondents would prefer a different nationality if they were born again. According to the South China Morning Post, two editors of the host website, NetEase, have also been fired in the past few days, prompting speculation that they have been punished […]
by Sophie Beach | Dec 18, 2005
From the Indian Express: The Communist Party of China appears to have taken a considered political decision to restore Confucius to his traditional place of pride at the centre of Chinese worldview. As it copes with growing economic inequalities and social tensions, the CPC believes Confucius might offer the right social and political medicine. The […]
by Sophie Beach | Jun 14, 2005
From China Economic Net: Discussion as how to promote Guoxue, or the study of traditional Chinese philosophy, literature and history has become heated again in China, following the recent announcement by the Beijing- based Renmin University of the upcoming September opening of its College of National Culture Study, the first such college in China since […]
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