public intellectuals

Mao Yushi and Critics Put Ideological Gulf on Display

Mao Yushi, the 84-year-old economist who last year won the Cato Institute’s Milton Freedom Prize for Advancing Liberty, is a prominent voice on one side of China’s ideological gulf — his free-market advocacy...

Eric X. Li: “Democracy is Not the Answer”

With his frequent opinion pieces and public lectures, venture capitalist Eric X. Li has established himself a rising Chinese public intellectual for the English-speaking world. Since 2011, a number of his writings have appeared...

Signs of a New Tiananmen in China

For the Diplomat, Minxin Pei argues that the CCP Standing Committee should be very concerned about an “intellectual reawakening” which is increasingly resonating with the Chinese public and may be creating the...

Eric X. Li on China’s Ideological Rift

Venture capitalist, frequent English language op-ed writer and rising public intellectual Eric X. Li warns us that a constant focus on the sacking of Bo Xilai is distracting from a much more menacing problem –...

What It Means to Be a Rising Public Intellectual in China

Last week in the New York Times, venture capitalist Eric X. Li wrote an op-ed arguing that China’s model of governance was superior to the United States’. Li has written equally provocative essays, including one,...

Uighur Intellectual Who Won’t Back Down in China

The New York Times profiles Uighur professor Ilham Tohti: These are precarious times for Mr. Tohti, a brazenly outspoken spark plug of a man whose advocacy for China’s Turkic-speaking Muslim Uighurs has landed him on the...

A Chinese Official Praises a Taboo: Democracy

The New York Times’ Saturday Profile is of scholar Yu Keping: A closer look at Mr. Yu provides a small window into the role of those few public intellectuals who have learned to navigate what would appear to be treacherous...

China Now Pressuring Tibetans Outside Politics

From the Associated Press: China’s government has grown increasingly sensitive about Tibet in the two years since rioting in the regional capital of Lhasa left 22 people dead and led to the most sustained Tibetan uprising...

Public Intellectuals in China

From ChinaGeeks: Every year, the Southern People Weekly compiles a list of top public intellectuals in China. The magazine defines public intellectual as those: 1) with academic background and professional standing; 2) with...



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