“…and each of these, you could pursue very far…” // Open-Source Teaching

Today, I am inaugurating a multi-year project whereby a great deal more of my pedagogical artifacts — my teaching materials — go online.

For instance, I begin one course on the practice of history with two dueling essays by MIT historian John Dower and then-President George W. Bush on the subject of Pearl Harbor and the Pacific War in American historical memory.

– George W. Bush, “Speech to the VFW,” Kansas City Missouri, August 22, 2007

– John Dower, “Is the US Repeating the Mistakes of Japan in the 1930s?

Rather than sequester these to my somewhat dormant blog on Japanese war crimes, I’ll be spreading them out on the metaphorical table of Sinologistical Violoncellist, and start with John Dower:


  1. I would always walk a country mile to read anything by John Dower.
    Good one Adam.
    Might I suggest a return post on PRC environment, particularly so in light of the recent report on the Three Gorges by the State Council. Somehow, I think the public is being softened up for some even worse news beside the pretty scathing stuff contained in the published report.

    While Wen is trying to push back the influence of the hydropower lobby, pls note that our modern Armani warlord Bo gets his very on dam.


    He now has the lot and to make it even more grating, he is supposedly a bit of a chick magnet.

    The rise and rise of China is inextricably linked to the health of its aquifers. Quote copyrighted by KT.

    1. Quite a link, King! And thanks for the analysis of it. Your aquifers quote, in addition to being true and quite clever, is positively Kennedyesque.

  2. If China rises just as the aquifer shrinks, the cadres can put their minds at ease.
    Quote copyrighted by JR
    (Some native-speakers’ polishing might be useful.)

  3. Talk about the engineering mentality which still prevails in Beijing.

    The NYTs I know, but it provides a good overview of the next evironmental folly in the making: the South-North Diversion Project.
    Read this and weep.

    “The diversion project was first studied in the 1950s, after Mao uttered: “Water in the south is abundant, water in the north scarce. If possible, it would be fine to borrow a little.”
    I don’t know whether to reread Oriental Despotism or the Old Testament on the seven plagues of Egypt.

    1. Especially fantastic last line in your note, good King! Are we at the cutting edge of modernity here, or just spinning our wheels in ancient ruts?

      1. Nah, Adam. I’m dead serious about this stuff which seems to be passed over by global fund managers, Gordon Chang and Chinasmack. Wish I could find a suitable quote other than Marx or Santayana.

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