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The Tales of Two Temples

At Sinosphere, Didi Kirsten Tatlow describes efforts to preserve Beijing’s Ming-dynasty...

Falcon Training in China’s Northeast

Evie Liu at CNN gives a brief sketch of a small village in northeastern China where falconry is still a common practice among local men: In China’s Jilin province, the tiny rural community of Ying Tun — known here as...

A Rising China Needs a New National Story

Orville Schell and John Delury’s new book, Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-first Century, focuses on 11 influential Chinese thinkers, from 19th Century scholar Wei Yuan to imprisoned Nobel laureate Liu...

‘Groundbreaking’ Jung Chang Book Soon to Release

Biographer Jung Chang, author of the widely-translated and critically-acclaimed 1991 family history Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China, will be publishing her latest work in October of this year. The upcoming biography tells...

Obama Visit Shows U.S.-China Rivalry Over Myanmar

Little more than a year ago, there was talk of Myanmar (also known as Burma) as a “Chinese California”, offering China a west coast onto the Indian Ocean. Now, Coke and Pepsi billboards glare at each other across...

Kin of Last Chinese Emperor Hold Reunion

Descendents of China’s last emperor Puyi gathered in Beijing on Thursday to mark the publication of a new series of books. Barbara Demick at The Los Angeles Times details the family’s memories of Puyi and their rocky...

The Inconvenient Truth Behind the Diaoyu Islands

In a guest post on Nicholas Kristof’s New York Times blog, Han-Yi Shaw, a research fellow at Taipei’s National Chengchi University, argues that Japanese historical documents support China’s claim to the Diaoyu...

At 105, Celebrated Chinese Linguist Now A Dissident

NPR’s Louisa Lim talks to Zhou Youguang about the changes he has witnessed and those he still hopes to see. Born in 1906, Zhou became friends with Einstein while living in the US, and “father of pinyin” after...

A Century After Xinhai: Whose Revolution?

100 years ago Sun Yat-Sen’s Xinhai Revolution began with the Wuchang Uprising, representing the beginning of the end for the Qing dynasty and thousands of years of imperial rule in China. The Asia Pacific Memo has been...

Five Books: Fuchsia Dunlop on Chinese Food

Five Books talks to Fuchsia Dunlop about her recommended reading on Chinese food: Is there a clear continuum in Chinese cooking from ancient traditions to contemporary styles, or do you have the same sort of thing as in Europe...

China’s Confucian Makeover

At The Guardian, Isabel Hilton asks why, amid noisy celebrations of the Chinese Communist Party’s 90th birthday this year, the 100th anniversary of the fall of the Qing Dynasty goes relatively unsung. One easy answer is...



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