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August 28, 2014

ZGBriefs August 2014

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What China Wants (The Economist)

As China becomes, again, the world’s largest economy, it wants the respect it enjoyed in centuries past. But it does not know how to achieve or deserve it?

GOVERNMENT / POLITICS / FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Xi Jinping: The heir to Deng Xiaoping? (August 22, 2014, BBC)

Anyone paying attention to television, books and public life in China over the last few months could not fail to realise that the country has once again entered a phase which can only be called “Deng Xiaoping time”. As one of China’s most renowned leaders – he oversaw the economic liberalisation and opening up of the country as well as the Tiananmen Square massacre – it is not the first time the country has gone into paroxysms over his legacy. What is different this time round are the comparisons being made with current leader Xi Jinping.

China Denies Confrontation With U.S. Surveillance Plane (August 23, 2014, The New York Times)

The Chinese government rejected the Pentagon’s claim that a People’s Liberation Army fighter jet had buzzed dangerously close to an American surveillance plane in international airspace, and it warned that frequent surveillance flights were risking an accident near the Chinese coast.

The statement came on Saturday in response to a Pentagon spokesman’s complaint about the air encounter, which took place Tuesday.

China executes eight, including Tiananmen attackers (August 24, 2014, BBC)

China has executed eight people in the north-western region of Xinjiang, for what it calls “terrorist” attacks, reports the state news agency Xinhua. Three of those executed had been convicted of an attack in Tiananmen Square in Beijing last October, in which five people died, Xinhua said. The others were found guilty of crimes including bomb-making and arson.

China’s Silent War on Terror (August 24, 2014, TIME)

A virtual media blackout makes it hard to know what’s happening as China tackles unrest among its Uighur Muslim minorities.

Despite Crackdowns, China’s President Rides A Wave Of Popularity (August 25, 2014, NPR)

Since Xi took over last year, his administration has suppressed Internet speech, hammered the news media with even more censorship, and jailed people who have called for a system of checks and balances. So, why do so many ordinary Chinese like the guy? One big reason is his sustained attack on endemic corruption, perhaps the single greatest source of anger for most Chinese.

China leaders discuss Hong Kong’s political future (August 25, 2014, BBC)

China’s top leaders meet this week for talks on Hong Kong’s political future. The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress is holding a week-long session to discuss how Hong Kong picks its leader. Beijing says Hong Kong residents can elect their leader in 2017, but critics expect Beijing to screen candidates via a nominating committee.

Leaked document reveals how the Chinese Communist Party channels public opinion (August 25, 2014, Global Voices Online)

A central government coordination body called Central Internet Security and Informatization Leading Group was established on February 27, 2014 led by the Chinese President Xi Jinping, Premier Li keqiang and head of the propaganda authority Liu Yunshan. Such high level coordination group suggests that internet information security has become the top priority of the Chinese government.

Protests point to Macau awakening (August 25, 2014, BBC)

If Macau were an independent country, it would be the world’s fourth richest per person – behind Luxembourg, Norway and Qatar, and just ahead of Switzerland, according to the newest figures from the World Bank. But success has brought many problems: a large wealth gap, lofty prices and traffic congestion. Rapid economic growth and its subsequent unresolved social problems have fuelled a political awakening in Macau.

Chinese Intercepts of U.S. Aircraft: Rogue Pilots or Realpolitik? (August 26, 2014, China Real Time)

Who controls China’s increasingly powerful military? The question is a recurring one for foreign governments and China watchers, and the Pentagon is raising it again – suggesting that recent highly charged midair encounters between Chinese and U.S. military aircraft may have been initiated by a rogue Chinese pilot or squadron.

Check Out the Communist Party’s Account on WeChat (August 26, 2014, Tea Leaf Nation)

It’s a growth story that would make many Silicon Valley venture capitalists swoon: a once-tiny, secretive group of 13 members blooming into a network of around 86 million, plus a killer app that no other competitor can replicate — near absolute political domination. The organization in question is the Chinese Communist Party, one that has recently decided to take its members, and messages, into the age of the social Internet.

China’s Legal Reform Challenge: When Even Police Chiefs Get Nabbed (August 27, 2014, China Real Time)

Earlier this month, the police chief eastern China’s Tianjin, Wu Changshun, was removed from his posts as both bureau chief and party chief in connection with an investigation into alleged corruption. Wu had served in the public security bureau for 44 years and he headed it for 11 years. The removal from office of a long-serving police chief in a major city is a vivid example of the problems facing Chinese law reform.

Xi Jinping the Hidden Star of a TV Series About Deng Xiaoping (August 27, 2014, The Sinosphere)

A series about the late leader Deng Xiaoping that has dominated Chinese television for weeks has a hidden star: Xi Jinping. President Xi appears nowhere throughout the 48 episodes of this laboriously reverent account of Deng’s return to power after the Cultural Revolution and his feats in transforming China. Mr. Xi was a 23-year-old student when Mao Zedong’s death in 1976 detonated the upheavals that brought Deng back from the political wilderness. But in its emphases and evasions, the series reflects Mr. Xi’s efforts to embrace Deng as a justification and template for his rule. This is Deng reimagined as patron saint for Mr. Xi’s own era and ambitions.

China planes ‘violated Taiwanese airspace’ (August 27, 2014, BBC)

Two Chinese military aircraft violated Taiwan’s airspace on Monday, officials said, causing Taiwan to scramble jets. Taiwan said Chinese Y-8 maritime patrol planes entered the island’s ADIZ (air defence identification zone) in both the morning and the afternoon. Taiwan scrambled planes which “followed them closely to make sure they left”, an air force spokesman said.

Prominent Hong Kong Democracy Campaigners Raided by Antigraft Officers (August 28, 2014, TIME)

Hong Kong anticorruption officers raided the home of media mogul and outspoken democracy advocate Jimmy Lai early Thursday morning, just days before Occupy Central protests are slated to commence in the city’s financial heart.

RELIGION

Death Of Pastor Samuel Lamb And His Impact On My Life (August 9, 2014, David Joannes)

Over my nearly 15 years in China, I have often heard the faint echoes of Pastor Samuel Lamb’s joyful laugh as he recalled his years of persecution. His hope in the midst of adversary gave me strength. His attitude toward those who mistreated him because of his faith settled my heart on more than one occasion. I am eternally grateful for this man’s impact on my life.

Inside China’s most radical cult (August 21, 2014, The Telegraph)

The Church of Almighty God, which is also known as Eastern Lightning, boasts a slick website in both Chinese and English, professionally produced videos, and even recently took a double-page advertisement in The Times newspaper. In 22 pages of instructions sent from the United States in June and July, the heads of the cult preached that the “chosen ones” should be ready to “sacrifice their lives” and that their ultimate goal is to kill the Communist party, referred to in their teachings as “the Great Red Dragon”.

China Says 5 in Sect Killed Woman Who Wouldn’t Join (August 21, 2014, The New York Times)

Five defendants went on trial in eastern China on Thursday, accused of beating and kicking a woman to death in a McDonald’s restaurant after she resisted their attempt to recruit her into a sect that has been condemned by the government as a malignant cult. The trial, in the Shandong Province city of Yantai, has been widely publicized by the Chinese news media and has served as the government’s main exhibit in a renewed campaign to eradicate the Church of Almighty God, an offshoot of Christianity that believes Jesus Christ has returned as a Chinese woman who will save followers from apocalyptic destruction.

Church of Almighty God or Eastern Lightning in Australia: Fears the terrifying Chinese cult is gaining ground (August 21, 2104, news.au.com)

A BRUTAL cult branded “evil” by the Chinese government is operating in Australia. That’s according to Sydney-based pastor Andrew Hong who said Eastern Lightning — also known as Church of Almighty God — has been creating “alarm” among church leaders. “They’ve changed the name — but yes they’re operating here. Not in my church but in other churches here,” he told news.com.au.

Is There a Campaign against Christianity in China? (August 22, 2014, ChinaSource Blog)

Pulling together these three events and concluding that China is in the midst of a campaign against Christianity ignores the vast body of evidence throughout the rest of the country suggesting that, for most of China’s Christians, it’s business as usual. For every detained foreign Christian, one could point to a thousand others who are still going about their everyday lives in China. For every demolished church, one could point to thousands of others filled to capacity last Sunday with Christians who worshipped relatively unhindered.

Video: Lottie Moon (August 22, 2014, IMB)

Nearly 140 years ago, the life of a young Virginian woman changed forever when she moved to China and began a life that would affect millions a century later.

Chinese lawyers demand justice for Christian persecution (August 22, 2014, Christian Today)

A group of lawyers in China are taking action against the demolition of churches, condemning religious persecution by the Government as a “crime” against Chinese Christians. In an open letter to local security officials, lawyers are demanding justice for the attack on Sjuitou Salvation Church in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, about 500km south of Shanghai, the Telegraph reports.

Teenager Arrested in Killing of Imam in Western China (August 25, 2014, The New York Times)

Chinese authorities have arrested an 18-year-old man from a village near the oasis city of Kashgar, in far western China, accusing him of inspiring and planning a fatal attack last month on the imam of the nation’s biggest mosque, according to state news media reports.

Reflections on Worship (August 26, 2014, Chinese Church Voices)

As the church in China continues to grow and develop, an issue that it increasingly has to deal with is that of music and worship. In other words, the “worship wars” which are so prevalent in the West, particularly in the United States, are coming to China.

Chinese pastor faces decade in prison for resisting church crackdown (August 26, 2014, Christian Today)

A Chinese pastor faces up to 10 years in prison for “gathering to assault a state organ”, having condemned state officials attempting to remove his church’s cross. Huang Yizi, 40, was arrested by police from his home in Wenzhou on August 2, the Telegraph reports.

Religious Liberty in China: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (August 27, 2014, Cato Institute)

Today China’s big cities look much like urban areas anywhere in the world. There are lots of cars. What I didn’t expect was to see a Christian “fish” on an auto. Religion is “on the rise,” one U.S. diplomat told me.

Where Does the Power Lie? (August 27, 2014, ChinaSource Blog)

Mike Falkenstine, President of the China Resource Center, an organization that does Bible distribution in rural churches (registered), recently returned from a trip to China, in which he had the opportunity to seek help from his friends and partners in understanding some of the recent events in China, particularly the cross/church demolition campaigns in Zhejiang.

Is Christianity Transforming China? (August 28, 2014, ChinaSource Blog)

A decade ago David Aikman wrote Jesus in Beijing, provocatively subtitled “How Christianity is Transforming China and Changing the Balance of World Power.” As Aikman ably pointed out in his book, Christianity is a formidable movement and a significant feature on China’s emerging urban landscape. But is it transforming the nation? If so, how? Gerda Wielander, a UK-based Sinologist, picks up this question in Christian Values in Communist China (Routledge, 2013). Drawing on a combination of scholarly sources, interviews with Chinese Christians, and publications put out by the church in China, Wielander looks for transformation in six areas:

SOCIETY  / LIFE

Reading Howl in China (August 20, 2014, Aeon Magazine)

My generation, once impassioned by the Western literature of rebellion, is now lulled by ‘Wealthy Socialism.’

German citizen sentenced to death for double murder in Xiamen (August 22, 2014, Lost Laowai)

For the first time, a Chinese court has sentenced to death a German citizen, who was convicted in 2011 of murdering his ex-girlfriend and her new partner with a hammer and knife in the south-eastern Chinese city of Xiamen, Fujian.

Government, Protesters Throw Cold Water on Ice Bucket Challenge in China (August 25, 2014, China Real Time)

The U.S. ice bucket challenge is spreading in China, but not without questions, prompting at least one protest and even a warning by the government. The country’s Ministry of Civil Affairs has praised the ice bucket challenge – which started in the U.S. as a way to raise funds to combat ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease – for gaining positive momentum. Still, the ministry is warning people through its Sino Weibo microblogging account to be pragmatic and avoid the challenge’s “entertainment and commercial tendencies.”

Life in a divided city on the edge of the Middle Kingdom (August 26, 2014, The Telegraph)

Living in Urumqi, a remote and restive racial melting pot of a city on the fringes of China, is a bewildering but rewarding experience for dozens of expats who have made it their home. Brent Crane met some of them…

Which Chinese Cities Are Most Congested? (August 26, 2014, China Real Time)

A new study by online mapping company Autonavi lists China’s most congested cities, with a surprising city taking the No. 2 spot. Shanghai suffers more from gridlock than the nation’s capital, according to the report released last week. Despite notorious stories of traffic jams that last for days, Beijing ranked third—after Hangzhou—in the study, which was based on data compiled from 25 cities around the country. The survey measured such things as the average journey distance, the length of time of an average trip, the length of delays road users experienced and their average driving speeds.

Ganbei! Changes in china’s drinking habits (August 27, 2014, The World of Chinese)

The first time I went out to dinner with a Chinese family, I made sure to be completely prepared for all the food that I knew would come. I had a minimal lunch and taught myself a couple of phrases to politely turn down a few dishes. What I wasn’t prepared for was the booze, and it came very close to turning my very first Chinese full-immersion experience in a nightmare.

The Ultimate Taobao Guide for Foreigners (August 27, 2014, Teaching Nomad)

Once I learned how to use Taobao, I started buying everything from groceries to shoes and much more. The prices are amazing and you can find anything you can imagine. Just the other day, a friend of mine ordered live fish to be delivered to the office to fill an aquarium! This guide is here to help prevent some of the frustration I faced when first moving to China. I can say with 100% certainty that being able to use Taobao in China will definitely improve your life in China, so let’s get started! Before you know it, you’ll be a pro!

After Overwhelming U.S. Visa Program, Where Will China’s Emigrants Go Next? (August 27, 2014, China Real Time)

Wealthy Chinese hoping to move abroad have overwhelmed the immigration departments of the U.S. and Canada—their favorite destinations—this year. But will China’s rich who want a visa head elsewhere or will they hold out for the American dream? The answer, immigration experts say, is both. Australia, Europe and the Caribbean are emerging as destinations for China’s rich, while Chinese investors still keen on moving to the U.S. are told to expect wait times as long as five years for their visas.

How Many USA’s Can You Fit Inside China? (August 27, 2014, Outside-In)

I ran across this interesting map on the inter webs the other day. It divides the population of China into four different regions, each with a population roughly equal to that of the United States. As you can see, the issue in China is not simply that the population of China is so large (1.35 billion); it’s that it’s unevenly distributed. Don’t like crowds? Go west, my friends, go west!

Deadly landslide in south-west China (August 28, 2014, BBC)

At least six people have died and 21 others are missing after a landslide struck a village in south-west China. China’s state-run Xinhua news agency reported that more than 70 houses in the village in Guizhou province were destroyed. It also said, quoting officials, that 22 people were injured and had been transferred to hospitals for treatment. The landslide was believed to have been caused by a breach from a small reservoir, state broadcaster CCTV said.

Photos: The face-kini: China’s craziest summer beach fashion trend (August 28, 2014, The Telegraph)

EDUCATION / HISTORY

Professors Get Schooled on Pronouncing Chinese Students’ Names (August 22, 2014, China Real Time)

This week, faculty and staff at the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business are learning how to welcome incoming Chinese students—by correctly pronouncing their names. As Chinese students make up a larger share of student bodies at U.S. colleges—and comprise a large majority of the 20% international enrollment at Tippie—administrators are making cultural adjustments smoother on campus, with special orientations for Chinese students, multicultural food events and Chinese-language coaching for professors and staff.

Academic flap turns up heat on China’s Confucius Institutes (August 22, 2014, Christian Science Monitor)

A dustup at a recent Chinese studies conference, and renewed pressure from US academics, has increased opposition to the government-funded programs that aim to spread Chinese language and culture.

In China, a search for modern values at Confucius’ birthplace (August 22, 2014, Christian Science Monitor)

China’s rulers are increasingly promoting Confucius, a figure once reviled by Chairman Mao, as a symbol for modern China. Tourists, seminar groups, and professionals are flocking to the ancient philosopher’s birthplace.

Online backlash after henan high school expels students caught holding hands (August 25, 2014, Nanfang Insider)

Taking its cue from Xi Jinping’s eight-point guide for official conduct, Yanshi High School in Luoyang implemented a similar eight-point guideline for student behaviour ahead of the new semester in September. One point in particular vows to expel a student if he or she is caught holding the hand of a student of the opposite sex, China National Radio reported on August 24.

Confucius say… (August 26, 2014, The World of Chinese)

Anybody who knows anything about China will likely know a thing or two about Confucius, that most superior of superior men and most sagacious of sages, whose thought is in large part acknowledged to have strongly influenced China all the way from the Han Dynasty, through the Qing, and up to the present day.

This Is Crazy! (August 26, 2014, ChinaSource Blog)

“This is crazy,” I observed to my audience of parents and high school students in Beijing. “Why on earth would parents send their 14- or 15- or 16-year-olds to the other side of the world for schooling, especially when studies show some of the best schools in the world are in your own country?” “Yes, it is crazy, but it’s the way it is” was the overwhelming response, accompanied with shrugged shoulders.

Bloody Brawl Breaks Out During High School Military Training (August 28, 2014, Tea Leaf Nation)

Recent ugly brawl between paramilitary drill instructors and high schoolers in central China has exposed a fault line between China’s military and its people. The bloody Aug. 24 incident, which landed 40 freshmen in the hospital with bone fractures and gashes, is being parsed on China’s active social web as either evidence of the wholesale corruption of the Chinese military, or the hopeless degeneration of China’s youth.

HEALTH

Under the Knife:Why Chinese patients are turning against their doctors (August 25, 2014, The New Yorker)

Almost everyone in China seems to have some story about being poorly treated by doctors or hospitals. Most large hospitals have a customer-service department where patients can lodge grievances and demand compensation. Failing that, they can sue for malpractice. But most Chinese people don’t trust the legal system, and rates of success are unpredictable. Hospitals, too, prefer to settle privately, rather than go to court, out of concern for their reputation, and because local governments can sanction them for logging too many disputes.

ECONOMICS / BUSINESS / TRADE

China compliance: Don’t rely on your Chinese staff, Part III (August 26, 2014, China Law Blog)

In this post, I am going to discuss one aspect of what often happens with the local Chinese staff when the foreign company starts to enact real changes in its operations.

Gift-Bearing Officials Try to Lure Chinese Factories Inland (August 27, 2014, The New York Times)

The Renley Watch Manufacturing Company is one of the companies that helped coastal southeastern China displace Switzerland as the center of the world’s watchmaking industry. But now Renley, like many watchmakers, is mulling whether to move far into China’s interior.

Just last week, officials from Chongqing, a sprawling metropolis in western China, met with a group of watch industry executives and offered an enticing package for them to move their factories there, said Stanley Lau, Renley’s managing director. The incentives included deeply discounted land, less-intrusive environmental inspections and lower wages.

SCIENCE / TECHNOLOGY / ENVIRONMENT

The Surprising Way in Which China Censors the Internet (August 21, 2014, Popular Mechanics)

Political scientist Peter Lorentzen at the University of California, Berkeley, who wasn’t involved in the study, says that the results “reinforce an emerging view among researchers on China that the [Chinese Communist] Party is much more open to criticism than outsiders might expect, as long as this criticism does not lead to any form of organization that might challenge its right to rule.” (The researchers did note there was no censorship of posts about collective action events outside mainland China, nor on collective action events that occurred solely online.)

China plans its own OS to take on likes of Microsoft, Google (August 24, 2014, Reuters)

China could have a new homegrown operating system by October to take on imported rivals such as Microsoft, Google and Apple, Xinhua news agency said on Sunday. […]  The operating system would first appear on desktop devices and later extend to smartphone and other mobile devices, Xinhua said, citing Ni Guangnan who heads an official OS development alliance established in March.

China’s new satellite is said to spot pot fields, smuggler routes (August 25, 2014, Los Angeles Times)

Analyses of images captured by Gaofen-1 have enabled Chinese police to locate fields of opium poppy and marijuana in northern China and uncover dozens of routes used by smugglers at the border with North Korea and along the frontier in the restive Xinjiang region, the official New China News Agency reported Monday.

ARTS / ENTERTAINMENT

China courts documentaries as it limits expression (August 26, 2014, AP)

China is wooing filmmakers at the same time as it’s cracking down on them. Authorities are handing more slots to documentaries, giving even independent filmmakers a chance to be shown on state television. But while China is avidly pursuing what it considers serious content to replace popular dating, reality and game shows, it is also stifling material with any whiff of challenging the Communist Party line.

Mystery Lingers Over China’s Canceling of Indie Film Festival (August 27, 2014, China Real Time)

Over the weekend police put a stop to an independent Beijing film festival just as it was about to kick off. Days later, organizers say they are still waiting to find out why. Wang Hongwei, art director of the Beijing Independent Film Festival, said on Tuesday that organizers are still waiting for a written statement from local authorities to explain the move. He said they expect the statement by Thursday morning.

Indie Film under fire: An interview with Li Xianting (August 28, 2014, China Media Project)

Last week, authorities in Beijing ordered a stop to the Beijing Independent Film Festival, organized since 2006 by cultural critic Li Xianting (栗宪庭). Although festival organizers had already announced the cancellation of the event on social media, police raided the offices of Li Xianting’s film fund on August 23, confiscating the fund’s collection of Chinese independent films and removing computers and other documents. In an interview yesterday, VOA Chinese reporter Xiao Xun (萧洵) spoke to Li Xianting to learn more about the police raid. The following is CMP’s translation of Xiao’s interview:

FOOD / TRAVEL / CULTURE

Watch: Is This the World’s Spiciest Bowl of Noodles? (August 22, 2014, China Real Time)

Fu Niu Tang, a recently opened beef noodle restaurant in Beijing, is trying to take the spicy crown for Hunan. It claims to have the world’s spiciest rice noodles and is challenging patrons to finish a bowl of the signature dish in 10 minutes. Those who can finish the task are awarded with a T-shirt and a card that entitles them to a permanent 10% discount. The restaurant says the hot sauce for its rice noodles is 125 times hotter than Tabasco sauce.

Wokipedia: Z is for… (August 25, 2014, The Beijinger Blog)

“Wokipedia” is a regular magazine column in which we introduce aspects of Chinese gastronomy, one letter at a time. The picture above is zhajiang mian (炸酱面), a popular Beijing noodle dish made with fermented soybean paste.

6 Facts about Tibet (August 27, 2014, Wild China)

Nature and religion define Tibet, so if you’re interested in viewing sacred sites or beautiful nature, it  should be on your list of travel destinations. Tibetans have a distinct culture and religion that sets them apart from the rest of the world. Along with rich history, Tibet has some of China’s most striking natural scenery, including vast grasslands, blue lakes and sky-high mountains.

LANGUAGE / LANGUAGE LEARNING

Chinese Apps For Daily Life (June 18, 2014, Smart Shanghai)

Some Chinese iPhone apps can make your life in Shanghai and China much easier, even if you’re not a native Chinese speaker. We’ve scoured cyberspace for some supremely useful Chinese iPhone apps. These are them.

On the character 移 (August 23, 2014, The World of Chinese)

Thousands of years ago in China, Northerners fled from their war torn states to the peaceful yet largely unexplored south. A few hundred years ago, the pilgrims on the Mayflower crossed the Atlantic to reach the New World. Today, Chinese rural workers seek their fortune in the urban jungle while the nouveau riche try to secure a foreign passport for their children. All migrants, or 移民 (yímín), want to leave their hometown in search of a better life. It’s an instinctual hope, the hope for change; as such, the character 移 () is a perfect expression of this spirit, meaning both “to move” and “to change”.

When Chinese children forget how to write (August 26, 2014, BBC)

In China, it takes blood, sweat and months of studying dictionaries to become a Character Hero. Millions tune in every week to watch teenagers compete for the title. Character Hero is a Chinese-style spelling bee, but in this challenge, young contestants must write Chinese characters by hand. Every stroke, every dash must be in the correct spot. After two tense rounds, Wang Yiluo is bumped from the contest. She bows to the panel of celebrity judges and quickly exits the bright lights of the television studio.

14 Nouns That Are Countable in Chinese (But Not in English) (August 27, 2014, carlgene.com)

The following is a list of words that are countable in Chinese but not in English. I think this article will be beneficial for both learners of English and Chinese. Enjoy!

BOOKS

Turning Bricks into Jade (August 21, 2014, ChinaSource Blog)

I have done a lot of cross-cultural training over the years for people heading off to work in China, and one of the resources that I turn to again and again is Turning Bricks into Jade: Critical Incidents for Mutual Understanding among Chinese and Americans. Edited by Mary Wong and others, this book is a collection of “critical incidents,” or stories of cross-cultural conflict and misunderstanding between Chinese and Americans.

Early Medieval China (August 23, 2014, Frog in a Well)

Just for fun I have been reading Early Medieval China: A Sourcebook.1 It is a very good book, written by a collection of the superheros of the field.

Go West! British Travellers in Western China (August 26, 2014, China Rhyming)

Alexandra Needham’s Go West! seems to be a good round up of the British nutters who went West and got themselves into all sorts of trouble….

ARTICLES FOR RESEARCHERS

China’s porous (western) borders (May 26, 2014, China Policy Institute Blog)

Identifying Cult Organizations in China (July 10, 2014, Duihua Foundation)

 

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