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A December To Remember, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 2009

A December To Remember, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

It has been a December to remember.

As the month comes to a close with a remarkable flurry of headline sports stories, its clear that this one month was not only one for the memory bank, but that it may have been the most fitting way to end a year that has certified the decade as the Naughty Naughties. What seemed like an awkward tag at the beginning of the new century has become a most appropriate signature phrase as this decade comes to its ignominious close.


Review Of The Library: An Illustrated History, Glenda A. Thornton Dec 2009

Review Of The Library: An Illustrated History, Glenda A. Thornton

Michael Schwartz Library Publications

Review of The Library: An Illustrated History


Coming Distractions: Postcards From Tomorrow Square Dec 2009

Coming Distractions: Postcards From Tomorrow Square

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

China Beat has been faithfully following James Fallows’s reports for the Atlanticfrom first Shanghai and now Beijing since he moved to China in 2006. His reports have covered topics from China’s international image to the financial crisis to theGreat Firewall, and he blogs regularly at the Atlantic‘s website. Fallows’s reports have now been gathered together in a collection, Postcards from Tomorrow Square, that will be available for purchase tomorrow. Over email, Fallows chatted with Kate Merkel-Hess about the new book and his thoughts about reporting from China.

Kate Merkel-Hess: Your forthcoming book Postcards from Tomorrow Square ...


Reading Round-Up: 12/18/09 Dec 2009

Reading Round-Up: 12/18/09

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

China Beat will be going on vacation for the next two weeks, and will return in 2010. Before we sign off for the holidays, here are a few stories that have caught our eye lately:

1. In the Business Standard, Pallavi Aiyar writes that the “Ghosts of Beijing Lurk in Brussels.” Moving from Beijing to Brussels, Aiyar was anticipating a departure from the relentless cycle of urban destruction and construction that had marked her years in China:

Imagine my surprise when I arrived at Schuman, the headquarters of the European Union and a 10-minute drive from downtown Brussels, to scenes ...


Thomas, Peter (Mrs.) (Sc 2127), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Dec 2009

Thomas, Peter (Mrs.) (Sc 2127), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

MSS Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 2127. Letter from Mrs. Peter Thomas, Bowling Green, Kentucky to the "Mayor & Board of Councilmen" inquiring about the appropriateness of her being taxed by the city and the installation of her water service.


In Case You Missed It: Learning From Hangzhou, Maura Elizabeth Cunningham Dec 2009

In Case You Missed It: Learning From Hangzhou, Maura Elizabeth Cunningham

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

I took this photo on my first day in Hangzhou when I arrived there in July 2005 for a six-week Chinese language course. I didn’t find the billboard especially interesting, but one of my friends hails from Kohler, Wisconsin, and I thought he might enjoy seeing that his hometown is known in a Chinese city that I’m fairly certain he had never heard of before I announced I would be spending the summer there. At the time, I didn’t give much thought to the billboard itself, or the thousands of other advertisements affixed to the sides of ...


Lanthorn, Vol. 44, No. 31, December 14, 2009, Grand Valley State University Dec 2009

Lanthorn, Vol. 44, No. 31, December 14, 2009, Grand Valley State University

Volume 44, July 8, 2009 - June 7, 2010

Lanthorn is Grand Valley State's student newspaper, published from 1968 to the present.


Warren County, Kentucky - Court Records (Sc 2115), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Dec 2009

Warren County, Kentucky - Court Records (Sc 2115), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

MSS Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 2115. Sundry Warren County, Kentucky court records collected by Warren County Circuit Court judge, Robert Coleman. Includes a will, indenture, manusmission papers, bonds, etc. List of documents is included in the finding aid.


China-Related Talks Around The World Dec 2009

China-Related Talks Around The World

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

1. On December 14-15, the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California will be holding a “Colloquium on China Media Studies” (RSVP required). For those not able to attend, the event will be live-streamed at the above link, beginning at noon PST on December 14.

2. Ken Pomeranz will be giving two talks in Japan next week:

December 16, 2009: Kyoto University. Participant in the “Changing Nature of ‘Nature’: New Perspectives in Transdisciplinary Field Science” conference sponsored by the Global Center of Excellence on a Sustainable Humanssphere.

December 18, 2009: Tokyo University. “Land rights and long-run ...


Lanthorn, Vol. 44, No. 30, December 10, 2009, Grand Valley State University Dec 2009

Lanthorn, Vol. 44, No. 30, December 10, 2009, Grand Valley State University

Volume 44, July 8, 2009 - June 7, 2010

Lanthorn is Grand Valley State's student newspaper, published from 1968 to the present.


Around The Web: Janus-Faced Links Dec 2009

Around The Web: Janus-Faced Links

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

As December moves on, assessing the highs and lows of 2009 takes up more and more of our time — and this year, we have the added task of summing up the entire “00” decade. Below, some recent stories that say goodbye to 2009 (a little bit early), and one that says hello to 2010 (also a bit early).

1. We’ve recently seen several “best books of the year” lists, but not many of their selections have links to China — reflecting the fact that 2009 was something of an off-year in the China-related publishing field (especially compared to the deluge ...


The Tibet Question Dec 2009

The Tibet Question

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

“A Peking University student takes notes at a lecture titled ‘the Tibet question’ (you can just make out the Chinese for that at the top-right of his page). This student hardly ever put his pen down, while a few seats down from him another dozed happily.” —Alec Ash


On The Web: Local Connections, National Reflections Webcast Dec 2009

On The Web: Local Connections, National Reflections Webcast

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

The National Committee on U.S.-China Relations will hold its third annual CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections tonight, beginning at 8p.m. EST. In addition to a nationwide webcast by Kurt M. Campbell, there will be discussions in nearly 40 cities across the U.S. and China, focusing on topics tied to the interests of the local community (a full list of locations and speakers is available at the above link). The webcast will be available for all to view online tomorrow at the National Committee’s website.


Lanthorn, Vol. 44, No. 29, December 7, 2009, Grand Valley State University Dec 2009

Lanthorn, Vol. 44, No. 29, December 7, 2009, Grand Valley State University

Volume 44, July 8, 2009 - June 7, 2010

Lanthorn is Grand Valley State's student newspaper, published from 1968 to the present.


Grand Valley Forum, Volume 034, Number 15, December 7, 2009, Grand Valley State University Dec 2009

Grand Valley Forum, Volume 034, Number 15, December 7, 2009, Grand Valley State University

2009-2010, Volume 34

Grand Valley Forum is Grand Valley State's faculty and staff newsletter, published from 1976 to the present.


Holiday Gift Guide 2009 Dec 2009

Holiday Gift Guide 2009

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

If shopping for holiday gifts has you stymied, China Beat is here to help. We’ve put together a list of China-related books that will make great gifts — and all of them are appropriate for the general-interest reader.

For: The Nostalgic Reader

Earnshaw Books has been reprinting a number of older books, including many expat memoirs from early 20th century China. We’ve previously reviewed Shanghai: High Lights, Low Lights, Tael Lights, an entertaining glimpse into 1930s Shanghai penned by Maurine Karns and Pat Patterson. The press is also releasing a three-volume set of drawings by White Russian cartoon artist ...


Lanthorn, Vol. 44, No. 28, December 3, 2009, Grand Valley State University Dec 2009

Lanthorn, Vol. 44, No. 28, December 3, 2009, Grand Valley State University

Volume 44, July 8, 2009 - June 7, 2010

Lanthorn is Grand Valley State's student newspaper, published from 1968 to the present.


Reading Round-Up: December 3, 2009 Dec 2009

Reading Round-Up: December 3, 2009

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

1. We’ve discussed Lu Xun quite a lot lately, and more great Lu Xun-related stories keep coming our way. At Inside-Out China, Xujun Eberlein writes about her own memories of reading Lu Xun as a high-school student during the 1970s. Eberlein also comments on Lu Xun’s work as a translator, as well as the fact that “His scathing style was extensively mimicked by the Red Guards for faction fighting during the Cultural Revolution, a consequence he wouldn’t have dreamed of.”

A diary kept by Chinese writer Lin Yutang between 1929 and 1932 has just come to light ...


The Forbidden City And American Presidents Dec 2009

The Forbidden City And American Presidents

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

With all of the attention generated by Barack Obama’s speed-touring of Beijing sites, we became interested in finding out a bit about previous presidential sightseeing itineraries. There were some useful summaries on the web of what Nixon and company had said about the Great Wall, but what about the Forbidden City as a presidential tourist attraction, past and present? This complex of palaces, which are the subject of a recent book by Geremie Barmé that we’ve praised already on this blog, would seem a more problematic place to include on the go-to lists for foreign dignitaries, given its ...


Bobby Bowden Departs, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 2009

Bobby Bowden Departs, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

When is the right time to leave? Some wait too long, others leave too soon. Some go out on top. Some tarnish their legacy before letting go.


A Tribute To Fred Meijer On His 90th Birthday From His Improvement Association Colleagues, Delivered In December 2009, Arend D. Lubbers Dec 2009

A Tribute To Fred Meijer On His 90th Birthday From His Improvement Association Colleagues, Delivered In December 2009, Arend D. Lubbers

Presidential Speeches

A Tribute to Fred Meijer on His 90th Birthday From His Improvement Association Colleagues, delivered in December 2009 by Arend D. Lubbers, who served as President of Grand Valley from 1969-2001.


Rhode Island's Greatest Natural Tragedy, Stephanie N. Blaine Dec 2009

Rhode Island's Greatest Natural Tragedy, Stephanie N. Blaine

Pell Scholars and Senior Theses

The infamous hurricane of 1938 accelerated the ongoing transformation of Rhode Island’s way of life.


Hugo Chavez: Socialism And Dictatorship, Kathryn E. Corridan Dec 2009

Hugo Chavez: Socialism And Dictatorship, Kathryn E. Corridan

Pell Scholars and Senior Theses

Hugo Chavez is in the process of transforming Venezuela's democracy into a socialist dictatorship. He has diminished democratic institutions, processes, and law. He has practiced demagoguery in order to win popular support, while stifling the critical media. He has reorganized Venezuela's economy to support socialism and provide him with more income and power.


Poetry And The Politics Of History: Revisiting Ee Tiang Hong, Kirpal Singh Dec 2009

Poetry And The Politics Of History: Revisiting Ee Tiang Hong, Kirpal Singh

Research Collection School of Social Sciences

The Malaysian poet Ee Tiang Hong was troubled by the fundamental changes being introduced by the leaders to ensure that Malaysia (which Ee always referred to as Malaya) became centrally a Malay nation. Not only was Ee trying his best to dissociate himself from what he termed the “mimicry of foreign birds” (i.e. the language of the colonial masters) but he was more critically searching for a new idiom which would give freshness to the rendition of the Malayan experience. While this struggle was in process, the tragedy of May 13 (1969) struck: here was a blatant illustration of ...


Lanthorn, Vol. 44, No. 27, November 30, 2009, Grand Valley State University Nov 2009

Lanthorn, Vol. 44, No. 27, November 30, 2009, Grand Valley State University

Volume 44, July 8, 2009 - June 7, 2010

Lanthorn is Grand Valley State's student newspaper, published from 1968 to the present.


Grand Valley Forum, Volume 034, Number 14, November 30, 2009, Grand Valley State University Nov 2009

Grand Valley Forum, Volume 034, Number 14, November 30, 2009, Grand Valley State University

2009-2010, Volume 34

Grand Valley Forum is Grand Valley State's faculty and staff newsletter, published from 1976 to the present.


Lu Xun And Translation Nov 2009

Lu Xun And Translation

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

I recently wrote an essay called “China’s Orwell” for the Asian edition of Time Magazine. In the article, I deal with the conundrum of Lu Xun’s enormous influence within China yet continued relative obscurity outside of the Sinophone world. Among other things, I ponder the possibility that an attractive new collection of his complete fiction, which features spirited translations by Julia Lovell and was published as part of the Penguin Classics series (click here for a “Paper Republic” interview with the translator about the book), could help right this imbalance by introducing figures such as Ah-Q to Western ...


Chongqing Castle Nov 2009

Chongqing Castle

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

“In Chongqing, the old town of Ciqikou looms over a more modern addition by the riverbank. This kid was more interested in her bouncy throne than in the juxtaposition of her city’s ancient past and booming present.”

—Alec Ash


Obama In China: Final Thoughts Nov 2009

Obama In China: Final Thoughts

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

President Obama’s trip to China is now in the past, though there might be a postscript when the U.N. Climate Change Conference convenes in Copenhagen next month, as how China and the U.S. would cooperate (or not) in dealing with environmental issues was a major topic during Obama’s meetings with Chinese leaders. As a final look back at Obama’s first trip to China, here are several readings that put his visit in a larger context:

1. Timothy Garton Ash writes about “Two Ways for West to Meet China”, arguing that Western countries could choose between ...


China’S Lincolnophilia, Alan Wachman Nov 2009

China’S Lincolnophilia, Alan Wachman

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

In the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Abraham Lincoln’s stance on national unity during the U.S. Civil War and his opposition to the institution of slavery have been summoned up by PRC officials, media, and elites in efforts to explain and legitimate their own response to those they disparage as “separatists” in Taiwan and Tibet.

To Beijing, vigorously opposing separatism and preserving Chinese territorial integrity is a cause no less noble than was Abraham Lincoln’s resort to war as a way of preventing the secession of southern states. In its quest for moral authority, Beijing has ...