a rebuttal on the mainland’s attack against Taiwan’s newly elected lady president

WorldViews Chinese state media attacks Taiwan’s president for being a single woman By Emily Rauhala May 25 at 3:32 AM Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, after her swearing-in ceremony as the country’s first female president. (Pool photo via AP) Tsai Ing-wen is a lot of things: a graduate of Cornell University and the London School of… Continue reading a rebuttal on the mainland’s attack against Taiwan’s newly elected lady president

Foreign Dust,Industrialization and a market in Tangshan

In the end of the 19th Century, having realized how lag behind China had become, the Qing government decided to develop its industries. Cement, naturally, was in great demand. Yet, no one could produce it in the country. All was imported, which explained why cement was then called yang hui – foreign dust. In 1989,… Continue reading Foreign Dust,Industrialization and a market in Tangshan

My Review of Eight Juxtapositions: China Through Imperfect Analogies from Mark Twain to Manchukuo by Jeffrey Wasserstrom

China is unique, a fact that the authorities very much like to explore, for example, stressing that the country is so unique that the normal practice of human rights or democracy don’t apply to the Chinese reality. It seems impossible to make comparisons with China because of this. Yet, Jeff Wasserstrom, Chancellor’s Professor of history… Continue reading My Review of Eight Juxtapositions: China Through Imperfect Analogies from Mark Twain to Manchukuo by Jeffrey Wasserstrom

Palmyra

The news that the Syrian government forces have re-captured Palmyra in Syria reminded me of the memorable time I spent there back in 2007. Palmyra is an ancient Semitic city, a UNESCO listed sight. Archaeological finds date back to the Neolithic period and the city was first documented in the early second millennium BC. Sadly,… Continue reading Palmyra