My talk to a Japanese bank

Yesterday I gave a talk to a Mizhuho, one of the megabanks of Japan, talking about my life, the Chinese New Year and the social transformation of China – all fitting into a 30 minutes talk. It was followed by 30 minutes Q&A, and a yummy dim sum lunch. All went well, I am pleased… Continue reading My talk to a Japanese bank

Divine Melody choir

On Sunday night, braving the chill, I attended a charity concert titled ‘Divine Melody Choir’, organized by Engage with China, an educational charity aimed at building up China literacy in the UK. Held at Holy Sepulchre Church, a stone’s throw from St. Pauls, the performers, led by conductor and soprano Wang Chen, delivered an outstanding… Continue reading Divine Melody choir

commenting on Covid protests in China

Last weekend, protests broke out in multiple cities across China against excessive lockdown measures. I’ve been busy writing and commenting on this extraordinary development. Since 1989, there have been plenty of protests, typically farmers demanding proper compensation over grabbed land; workers demanding better pay. Occasionally there were protests against environmental issues. Such protests tend to… Continue reading commenting on Covid protests in China

NPR interview on the protests

“Rise up, rise up, those don’t want to be slaves!” Many of you are aware that anti-Covid/government protests have broken out in many cities in China. It is remarkable and extraordinary in an authoritarian country where public protests are banned. Here’s my interview with NPR’s Morning Edition, the equivalent of BBC’s Today program.

the shrinking role of China’s Public Intellectual

Long ago, I fantasized to become a public intellectual but I was dragged out of school at 16. Having long given up that dream, I still care about the public intellectuals and I am deeply concerned about their shrinking role in China. Here’s why.