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Special Report: Thirty Years Of The One-Child Policy, 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Special Report: Thirty Years Of The One-Child Policy

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

Scott Tong of Marketplace is concluding his three years as the program’s Shanghai bureau chief by taking an in-depth look at the One-Child Policy as it approaches its 30-year anniversary.


Recent And Upcoming Conversations In China, 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Recent And Upcoming Conversations In China

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

This post follows up on previous ones, such as those found here and here, that have focused on the way that public conversations about China can complement other kinds of methods for communicating ideas and information about the country, from lectures given by one person to written works ranging from essays to books. One thing that has inspired me to revisit this subject is that I’ve become addicted (and this certainly qualifies as a “positive addiction”) to the Sinica podcasts hosted by Kaiser Kuo.


Expo Watch 2010, Shellen Xiao Wu 2010 Princeton University

Expo Watch 2010, Shellen Xiao Wu

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

In Shanghai these days it is impossible to avoid the World Expo. Hotels are packed with domestic tourists and school groups; subway and bus televisions show a constant news loop about events at the Expo; and Haibao, the rectangular, blue mascot of the Expo, graces numerous government offices, posters, and official merchandise stalls. To ensure the target of 70 million visitors is met and exceeded for the duration of the Expo from the beginning of May to the end of October, various government offices in Shanghai have handed out Expo “gift packs” of one free ticket per Shanghai resident family ...


Beijing Bibliophile, Part Ii: Market Change And New Technology, Eric Setzekorn 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Beijing Bibliophile, Part Ii: Market Change And New Technology, Eric Setzekorn

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

Dozens of bookstores continue to dot Beijing but recent developments are changing the landscape for readers and publishers by forcing many smaller stores out of the market. Part of this trend is due to advances in public transportation, particularly the enlarged subway system, that make it possible to travel across town for a larger selection and lower prices, leading to a decline in neighborhood bookstores. A less positive part of the bookstore consolidation is the increasing leverage state sector bookstores such as Xinhua can exert on private booksellers using market and political forces. A mixed element in the dynamic Beijing ...


Confessions Of A Lifelong China Watcher, Angilee Shah 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Confessions Of A Lifelong China Watcher, Angilee Shah

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

Looking back on China’s dramatic recent history, from the devastation of the Great Leap Forward to today’s exuberant “socialism with Chinese characteristics,” is a fascinating exercise. China Watcher offers the rare opportunity to learn this history as author Richard Baum did — from the front row.


Lies My Teacher Told Me: Chinese-Language Preface, 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Chinese-Language Preface

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

Earlier this week, we published an English translation of the preface that James W. Loewen penned for the Chinese edition of his bestselling book


A New Book On Mao: A Quick Q & A With Author Rebecca Karl, Rebecca Karl 2010 New York University

A New Book On Mao: A Quick Q & A With Author Rebecca Karl, Rebecca Karl

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

Rebecca Karl, who teaches at New York University and is known in Chinese studies circles as the author of important studies of nationalism during the final years of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) and the development of Marxist thought between the 1920s and the present, has a new book coming out soon. Titled Mao Zedong and China in the Twentieth-Century World: A Concise History, it’s being published (simultaneously in paperback and hardback editions) by Duke University Press. The publisher promises that it will provide readers with a “lively and concise historical account of Mao Zedong’s life and thought,” and ...


Notes On A Conversation: Ian Johnson And Angilee Shah, Miri Kim 2010 UC Irvine

Notes On A Conversation: Ian Johnson And Angilee Shah, Miri Kim

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

Earlier this week, we held the final event of this year’s “China Lecture Series” at UC Irvine, featuring a dialogue between Ian Johnson and Angilee Shah. Johnson, formerly of the Wall Street Journal, is author of Wild Grass: Three Stories of Change in Modern China and A Mosque in Munich: Nazis, the CIA, and the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in the West. Shah is a freelance writer and blogger; her work has appeared at the Far Eastern Economic Review, Global Voices Online, Zócalo Public Square, and The China Beat. Below, a summary of the conversation between Johnson and ...


What I Read On My Summer Vacation (Iv), Ron Javers 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

What I Read On My Summer Vacation (Iv), Ron Javers

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

I was booked to give a China talk in August, high season in the Hamptons, as part of the summer series at the Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton.


Book Review: Shanghai World Expo Guide 2010, Adam D. Frank 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Book Review: Shanghai World Expo Guide 2010, Adam D. Frank

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

On first blush, one would think that reviewing Nick Land’s Shanghai World Expo Guidebook 2010 would be an exercise akin to reviewing a movie poster for Avatar—a kind of 2-D portrait of a 3-D experience.


Bill And Warren’S Excellent (Chinese) Adventure, Caroline Reeves 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Bill And Warren’S Excellent (Chinese) Adventure, Caroline Reeves

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are throwing a charity banquet in Beijing. On September 29th, the two American tycoons will host a dinner for China’s wealthiest magnates to convince them to give their monies away to charity. This event has caused a stir in the Chinese world. Everyone from movie stars to industry moguls is involved. Doonesbury is talking about it. Some billionaires have publicly declined to dine with the dynamic duo, wondering aloud if the event was planned to publicly part them from their new fortunes. Their response has called into question China’s “charitable impulse” and given ...


A Bitter Pill For Prime Minister Kan, James Farrer 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

A Bitter Pill For Prime Minister Kan, James Farrer

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

It was a bitter pill for the Democratic Party of Japan, no matter how they swallowed it. By releasing a Chinese fishing boat captain detained by Japan without a trial, Prime Minster Kan Naoto was clearly bowing under Chinese pressure. The captain had been arrested by the Japanese coast guard for allegedly ramming his boat into Japanese coast guard vessels while in territorial waters claimed both by China and Japan. The Japanese government appeared to buckle and released the captain to China on Saturday. According to an unnamed official in the prime minister’s office quoted in the Asahi Shinbun ...


Anhui’S Barefoot Aids Doctors, Annie Ye Ren 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Anhui’S Barefoot Aids Doctors, Annie Ye Ren

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

For the past four years, I have periodically worked with a Chinese grassroots HIV/AIDS non-governmental organization (NGO) that serves children in Fuyang Prefecture, Anhui Province. The Fuyang AIDS Orphan Salvation Association (AOS)gives aid directly to local communities, addressing local needs that are often overlooked or underfunded by large-scale government projects.


From Traditional To Today: Revelation From Chinese Gardendesign, Bo Yang, N J. Volkman 2010 Utah State University

From Traditional To Today: Revelation From Chinese Gardendesign, Bo Yang, N J. Volkman

Bo Yang

China, like many other nations, struggled in the twentieth century with defining an indigenous landscape design tradition. This was particularly true in addressing urban open space design after China implemented the Open Door Policy in the late 1970s, when Chinese garden design traditions became largely neglected. The objective of this study is to determine whether the traditional design approach could still effectively serve as modern design inspiration. Built upon a previous study by Wu (1999), our study is a reflective critique on modern Chinese urban public space design. We compare major types of traditional and modern Chinese urban open spaces ...


Ua3/9/2 Chuangxin Cuiba, WKU President's Office 2010 Western Kentucky University

Ua3/9/2 Chuangxin Cuiba, Wku President's Office

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Chinese newspaper regarding Gary Ransdell's visit to China.


The Historical Value Of The Chun/Chyou, A. Brooks 2009 University of Massachusetts - Amherst

The Historical Value Of The Chun/Chyou, A. Brooks

A. Taeko Brooks

The Spring and Autumn period (late 08th to early 05th centuries) is of interest in its own right, and for Chinese historiography in general. I here argue that the Chun/Chyou (CC) or “Spring and Autumn” text, ostensibly a Lu court chronicle, is the best, and the only primary, source for the period.1 I also dispute the competing claim of the Dzwo Jwan (DJ), which some view as a fuller, and a more accurate, account of the Spring and Autumn centuries.2


Defeat In The Chun/Chyou, A. Brooks, E. Brooks 2009 University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Defeat In The Chun/Chyou, A. Brooks, E. Brooks

A. Taeko Brooks

We here consider how victory and defeat are treated in the Chun/Chyou. We find that the Lu court of Spring and Autumn times viewed military operations not in a chivalric or moralizing way, like characters in Dzwo Jwan (DJ) narratives of Spring and Autumn events, but in a cold-eyed military advantage way.


Military Capacity In Spring And Autumn, A. Brooks 2009 University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Military Capacity In Spring And Autumn, A. Brooks

A. Taeko Brooks

It has been said that the states of Spring and Autumn (0770-0479) deployed large armies, drawn in part from the general populace.1 But our only contemporary source, the Lu chronicle Chun/Chyou (CC), implies a more limited situation: small elite chariot forces, few battles,2 and tactical frugality. The size of these forces did increase over the period,3 but no major state was destroyed by them. I here review the major features of the military system of the time, noting the limits on what it could achieve – limits that were surpassed only by reorganizing the state itself, a ...


Re-Dating The Sources, A. Brooks 2009 University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Re-Dating The Sources, A. Brooks

A. Taeko Brooks

The sources for history are basic to history, and an accurate idea of the chronology of the sources is basic to the task of understanding the sources themselves historically. We cannot effectively investigate the history of China’s formative Warring States or classical period without knowing which of these texts are earlier and which are later. I here describe a systematic attempt to reach a better understanding of Warring States text chronology. But before saying how we have approached the chronology problem, I should first say why we think there is a problem – a problem that has not been solved ...


Evolution Of Ba "Hegemon" Theory, A. Taeko Brooks 2009 University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Evolution Of Ba "Hegemon" Theory, A. Taeko Brooks

A. Taeko Brooks

Everyone knows that the ba institution, the Jou Kings’ delegation of power to a series of strong vassals, was important in Spring and Autumn China.1 Unfortunately for this consensus, the Chun/Chyou (CC), our primary source, does not mention the ba institution. The later Dzwo Jwan (DJ) does mention it, and uses three different terms for it: mv ng-ju, [hou]-bwo, and ba! . None of these terms appears in the CC. I find that the three DJ terms reflect three stages in the evolution of the ba theory, and that the theory is not an 07th century historical fact ...


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