All posts filed under: East Asian modernity

Montage: Climate Change in China, Cold War Northeast Asia, and Occupy Seattle

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East Asian modernity

Long and uninterrupted arcs of time being so few, why not describe ways in which readers might garner more than two hours of potential edification? 1. U.S.-China Cooperation vs. Climate Change // As this video from the hearing indicates, the U.S. House of Representatives recently had the USAID budget to China under scrutiny, or, more precisely, an appropriation of $3.95 million in foreign aid to engage China in activities intended to slow climate change.  The […]

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 […]