Day: July 15, 2010

Is China a Cultural Superpower?

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China / Chinese communist party / Cultural Politics / East Asian modernity / EU-East Asia relations / Music

Tonight I experienced one of the possible billion encounters which could be called a true “Taipei moment”: walking down the street, weaving through fortune tellers and shoe sellers, and dim sum corner kings, I heard a strain of Beethoven.  It was the “Für Elise,” stringing electronically along like a children’s toy from (what else?) a huge yellow garbage truck doing its 10 p.m. rounds.  As I stood there watching a happy group of merchants help […]

Stories to Follow

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history and memory / Huanqiu Shibao / Korean War / North Korea / North Korean border region / Sino-Japanese Relations / Sino-North Korean relations / War Crimes / World War II

I recommend you watch how these stories develop, since most of them have yet to be really reported in the Anglophone press: 1. Legacies of Japanese imperialism in Manchuria Chinese government organizations and affiliated NGOs are engaged in a struggle to get the old Unit 731 facility (the commemorative site for Japanese biological weapons research and atrocities outside of northeastern city of Harbin) listed as a World Heritage Site.   This story seems to be […]