Lessons to be Drawn From China’s Textbook Controversy

China is set to investigate school textbooks after illustrations deemed to be sexually suggestive or politically inappropriate caused an uproar on social media.  On Monday, the Chinese Ministry of Education ordered a nationwide...

China Sends Back 8 Geography Textbooks

From The Yomiuri Shimbun: Eight geography books seized at Shanghai customs that had been destined for a school for Japanese children residing in China have been sent back to Japan probably because they depicted the disputed...

Textbook Case – Economist

From Economist: “Classes struggle, some classes triumph, others are eliminated.” Such, wrote Mao Zedong, is history. Such, too, was history teaching. In the 1970s it was not uncommon for a teacher to begin a lesson by telling students to take a ruler, turn to a page of their textbook, lay the ruler along the side […]

Shanghai: New History, Old Politics РLi Datong (李大同)

From openDemocracy: The seventeenth congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) opens on 15 October 2007. Ahead of this major, five-day event, and in line with China’s media regulations, strict controls are already in place to limit the number of “negative” stories in the news. Under orders from the party’s central propaganda department, chief editors […]

A textbook example of changes in China – Joseph Kahn

From the International Herald Tribune: When high school students in Shanghai crack their history textbooks this fall, they may be in for a surprise. The new standard world history text drops wars, dynasties and Communist revolutions in favor of colorful tutorials on economics, technology, social customs and globalization. Socialism has been reduced to a single, […]

China swaps historical facts for fiction – Frank Ching

From The Japan Times Online: At a time when Beijing is upbraiding Tokyo for its depiction in history textbooks of the invasion and occupation of China in the 1930s and 1940s — and used it as a reason for excluding Japan from the United Nations Security Council — it has exposed its own politicization of […]



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