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10.21.2014

Chinese Doubt Their Own Soft Power Venture

Tea Leaf Nation

On September 27, Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong read aloud a letter written by President Xi Jinping at a ceremony in Beijing celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Confucius Institute (CI) program, an international chain of academic...

Books

10.21.2014

Hou Hsiao-hsien

For younger critics and audiences, Taiwanese cinema enjoys a special status, comparable with that of Italian Neorealism and the French New Wave for earlier generations, a cinema that was and is in the midst of introducing an innovative...

Conversation

10.17.2014

Rule of Law—Why Now?

Ira Belkin, Donald Clarke, Jerome A. Cohen, Harry Harding, Li Ling, Margaret Lewis, Keith Hand

In a recent essay, “How China’s Leaders Will Rule on the Law,” Carl Minzner looks at the question of why China’s leaders have announced they will emphasize rule of law at the upcoming Chinese Communist Party plenum slated to take place in...

The Dalai Lama Forces China to Overplay its Hand in South Africa

Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden

Pretoria’s apparent refusal to grant Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama a visa to attend a summit of Nobel peace laureates has sparked outrage in South Africa. Critics allege the government is bowing to China, undermining South...

Books

10.15.2014

China’s Super Consumers

China has transformed itself from a feudal economy in the 19th century, to Mao and Communism in the 20th century, to the largest consumer market in the world by the early 21st century. China’s Super Consumers explores the extraordinary...

Viewpoint

10.14.2014

On Dealing with Chinese Censors

Joseph W. Esherick

It was a hot afternoon in June in the East China city of Jinan. I was returning to my hotel after an afternoon coffee, thinking of the conference I had come to attend and trying to escape the heat on the shady side of the street. My cell...

Caixin Media

10.14.2014

Sounds of Distinction

Caixin, Sheila Melvin

The Peking Opera star Mei Lanfang (1894-1961) is generally acknowledged to have been the greatest performer of female dan roles in the history of his art. He was also a renowned theatrical innovator whose performance style is carried on as...

Conversation

10.01.2014

Is This the End of Hong Kong As We Know It?

Nicholas Bequelin, Sebastian Veg, David Schlesinger, Fu Hualing, Wong How Man

Over the past week, tens of thousands of Hong Kong people have occupied the streets of their semi-autonomous city to advocate for the democratic elections slated to launch in 2017. The pro-democracy protestors have blocked major roads in...

Viewpoint

09.29.2014

‘Against My Fear, I See That You Hope’

Denise Y. Ho

A week ago today I sat together with you outside the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s library, a teacher among other teachers, a university member beside students, 13,000 strong. The weeks before had felt quiet: at the three previous all-...

Photo Gallery

09.29.2014

A History of China and U.S. Leaders Meeting Through The Years

When the first U.S. President visited China, he was no longer president. Ulysses S. Grant traveled in Asia in 1879. The Qing empire was embroiled in a dispute with Japan over territorial claims to the Ryuku Islands and wanted the U.S. to...

Taking Aim at Hong Kong

Jonathan Mirsky

A surge of emotion washed through me on Sunday night as I watched tens of thousands of protesters fill the streets of Hong Kong on television. It was the same feeling I had in Beijing on the nights leading up to the killings in Tiananmen...

Conversation

09.26.2014

Should the U.S. Cooperate with China on Terrorism?

Richard Bernstein, Ely Ratner, Jeffrey Payne, James Palmer, Fu Hualing, Julia Famularo

Richard Bernstein: Of course, they should.  But can they?  Since the attacks of Sept.

Books

09.24.2014

A Chinaman’s Chance

From Tony Hsieh to Amy Chua to Jeremy Lin, Chinese Americans are now arriving at the highest levels of American business, civic life, and culture. But what makes this story of immigrant ascent unique is that Chinese Americans are emerging...

Sinica Podcast

09.19.2014

LGBT China

Jeremy Goldkorn, David Moser

This week on Sinica, Jeremy Goldkorn and David Moser are joined by Fan Popo for a discussion of the way life works for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual (LGBT) community in China.

Video

09.18.2014

Collecting Insanity

Joshua Frank

Every country has a past it likes to celebrate and another it would rather forget. In China, where history still falls under the tight control of government-run museums and officially approved textbooks, the omissions appear especially...

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