All posts filed under: East Asian modernity

Celebrating the National Day Holiday Week in the PRC

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China / Chinese communist party / Cultural Politics / East Asian modernity / Huanqiu Shibao

Just when you think that China has completely exhausted its capacity to surprise you, the hard-line foreign policy tabloid Huanqiu Shibao sends a reporter to cover an S & M-themed show at an International Exhibition in a second-tier city like Zhengzhou, Henan, where apparently, if the face of the little old man at the foot of the stage is any indication, the show brought much joy and proof of China’s internationalism to the masses. Given […]

Liaoyang-Dalian: The Transformation of China’s Rust Belt Unrest

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China / East Asian modernity / Environmental Politics in East Asia

The 14 August 2011 protests in Dalian, forcing the closing of a major chemical plant there, have inspired a fair amount of news in the Anglophone and Sinophone press. Now the Guardian’s essential environmental correspondent, Jonathan Watts, takes the analysis to a new level, describing the role of social class in forcing the environmental issue to the fore — or, in other words, the power of the white collar Dalianites to force change while poor and […]

“US-China Musical Diplomacy” at the US Consulate in Chengdu

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American Foreign Policy / Cello / China / Chinese nationalism / Cultural Politics / East Asian modernity / Music / U.S.-China Relations

  25 July 2011 Dr. Adam Cathcart Sino-U.S Relations Lecture at the Chengdu U.S Consulate [Transcription by Mycal Ford, Pacific Lutheran University] Part I: Conflict and Culture: It is often thought that the answer to conflict is culture (wenming). The notion that we should focus on culture to become calm and ease tensions is especially true in China, with its emphasis on “harmony” (hexie), but maybe not throughout the world. “The more cultural exchange the better […]

Notes on Sino-German Relations

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Chinese Avant-Garde / Chinese communist party / Chinese nationalism / Cultural Politics / East Asian modernity / EU-East Asia relations / German / Sino-German Relations

Mark Siemons, who is rapidly becoming one of my favorite correspondents in Beijing, has another piece in yesterday’s Frankfurter Allegemeine Zeitung.  Ironically entitled “Deutschland ist eigentlich ein zweites China in Europa [Germany is truly a second China in Europe],” it reveals a few things of note. Foremost, the Chinese domestic media gave less attention to Wen Jiabao (and his 13 fellow ministers) in Berlin “than it would for a state visit to Central Asia.”  With […]

“Tibehtalaš” and Harnessing the Flood-Gates of Ethno-Nationalism: Hydroelectric versus Indigenous Power.

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Cultural Politics / East Asian modernity / Environmental Politics in East Asia / EU-East Asia relations / Tibet

In keeping with our interest in Tibetan issues on this blog, I am glad to bring you another guest post by Kristiana Henderson of Pacific Lutheran University.   Here’s some more Tsampa for thought, especially since there’s even more to this story than meets the eye.  Which story? As Xinhua put it on March 28: Tibet has released the “Opinions on Accelerating Tibet’s Water Infrastructure Reforms and Development,” and will attempt to double its average […]