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Archive for the ‘China’ Category

Chinese tastes and our expectations

July 6, 2009

Grady Hendrix has what was to me a satisfying piece up in Slate on the topic of popular Chinese film. In it, he makes the following point: American distributors like to import movies that toe a certain political line, depicting modern-day China as an environmentally degraded hellhole where human life has little to no value, […]

A new perspective on Tiananmen and China more generally

June 23, 2009

Jonathan Mirsky has a fascinating review in the NYRB of the secret journal of Zhao Ziyang; a dissident high-ranking party official who had been central to China’s economic liberalization: Twenty years ago, just before the Tiananmen killings on June 3 and 4, 1989, Zhao was thrown out of office for sympathizing with the students; until […]

Toy Maglev!

June 19, 2009

What China has in not toy form… Via Kottke

Obama‚Äôs speech and the spirit of Tiananmen Square, Ctd.

June 5, 2009

The comment I made yesterday here originated as a response to my friend DM who posted as his facebook status: “I appreciate Obama’s speech in Egypt and all, but I think it’s insulting to the victims, to have scheduled his visit on the 20th anniversary of Tiananmen Square.” A pretty interesting debate ensued (transcribed below): […]

Obama’s speech and the spirit of Tiananmen Square

June 4, 2009

Is it a coincidence that Obama chose today to address people living overwhelmingly under repressive regimes about the values of democracy from a platform that allowed his voice and arguments to be heard everywhere in the world?


June 4, 2009

The NYT publishes “a new angle on history.” “hat-tip” Sullivan.