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International Women’S Day: Readings Around The Web, 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

International Women’S Day: Readings Around The Web

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

1. Shanghaiist has a Women’s Day post that includes an interesting Al Jazeera report on Wu Qing, a women’s rights activist and district People’s Congress representative. The video follows Wu Qing as she teaches at Beijing’s Rural Women Training School, instructing village women on their constitutional rights and encouraging them to pursue education and employment opportunities.


Yo! Aas Is Coming To The City Of Brotherly Love, Maura Elizabeth Cunningham 2010 National Committee on U.S.-China Relations

Yo! Aas Is Coming To The City Of Brotherly Love, Maura Elizabeth Cunningham

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

I’d very much like to be in China this month, as several cities are hosting big literary events that feature many authors I’ve followed for the past several years, and whose names are probably familiar to regular China Beat readers. In Beijing, the Bookworm International Literary Festival is welcoming Graham Earnshaw (The Great Walk of China, March 6), Jonathan Tel (The Beijing of Possibilities, March 8; two excerpts are here and here), and Jeremy Goldkorn (Danwei, March 18). The Shanghai International Literary Festival is also boasting a program chock-full of talks I’d love to hear, such as ...


In Case You Missed It: An Introduction To Chinese Philosophy, Miri Kim 2010 University of California, Irvine

In Case You Missed It: An Introduction To Chinese Philosophy, Miri Kim

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

In this well written and organized book, Karyn L. Lai lays out the founding personalities, texts, and interventions in the early history of Chinese philosophy. What could easily have been a tortuous path through centuries’ worth of extant materials and a plenitude of voices devoted to their understanding is, rather, a brisk and focused guided tour that covers major developments in Chinese philosophy without eschewing its lesser known – but still important – aspects. An Introduction to Chinese Philosophy does exactly what it promises to do: provide a clear introduction, neither too truncated nor too bogged down in detail, that is accessible ...


Lantern Festival, 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Lantern Festival

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

“To the unceasing banging of fireworks, and in the last snow of winter, a child and her grandfather light a sparkler to celebrate lantern festival, or yuanxiaojie.


A Q-And-A With Jeremy Goldkorn Of Danwei.Org, 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

A Q-And-A With Jeremy Goldkorn Of Danwei.Org

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

Maura Elizabeth Cunningham: How did Danwei get started, and what is its primary mission? Has this changed over time?


Readings Around The Web: Fun In The Sun Edition, 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Readings Around The Web: Fun In The Sun Edition

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

• Heading for the beach and looking for the perfect book to toss in your tote bag? At Five Books, authors are interviewed and asked to recommend five books on a specific topic. Though the site covers far more than China, several of the features are China-focused and worth a look; check out Rod MacFarquhar on the Cultural Revolution, Isabel Hilton on China’s environmental crisis, and Richard McGregor on the Chinese Communist Party.


An Interview With Richard Mcgregor, Author Of The Party, Maura Elizabeth Cunningham 2010 National Committee on U.S.-China Relations

An Interview With Richard Mcgregor, Author Of The Party, Maura Elizabeth Cunningham

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

Richard McGregor is the former Beijing bureau chief for the Financial Times and author of the newly released The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers. I recently conducted the interview below with McGregor via e-mail; you can read excerpts from the book here and here and also find a “Why I Write” profile of McGregor at the Urbanatomy site.


Treat Human Beings As Humans, Zhang Lijia 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Treat Human Beings As Humans, Zhang Lijia

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

The suicides among workers at Foxconn and the ongoing strikes at Honda and other foreign-owned factories are cries for help. Within its Shenzhen plant, Foxconn seems to provide everything its 400,000 workers can hope for: canteens, clinics, a library, entertainment and sports facilities.


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 ...


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