Last night I spoke as a panelist at an event sponsored by the Freeman Foundation and the Pacific Lutheran University Chinese Studies Program. The purpose was to challenge and provoke the notion of a “Chinese century,” recognizing all the intellectual overreach implied by the term. I think we reveled in the challenge and had a good discussion. Among other things, I argued that Zhou Enlai had left an effective yet neglected model for Sino-Japanese relations, that North Korea had nearly done more than the PRC to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall, and that Wisconsin ginseng was conquering the Chinese domestic market. Perhaps more details will follow in this space as I get my scrawls transcribed and my richly tangled memories unraveled!