Nanjing Commemoration Controversies

University students in China are buzzing over this simple banner at a university in Wuhan, Hubei province: In analyzing the banner, even People’s Daily online is now questioning China’s official culture of reflexive commemoration of Nanking.  After all, commemorations in December, 2007, in Wuhan got fairly heated, and the city is a unique node of remembrance of the War of Resistance, having served for a … Continue reading Nanjing Commemoration Controversies

Josef Stalin and Bill Gates Celebrate the PRC’s 60th

There were plenty of incongruities in last week’s 60th anniversary bash in Beijing, but the following image really caused me to do a double take: from left to right, John Dewey Charles Darwin, Voltaire Sir Isaac Newton, Charlie Chaplin, Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, V.I. Lenin, Josef Stalin and Seattle’s own Bill Gates. If the parade had really been as “retro” as the New York Times … Continue reading Josef Stalin and Bill Gates Celebrate the PRC’s 60th

Anti-Japanese Upswing in North Korean Media

For their strange yet uniquely logical reasons, the North Korean propagandists are pressing Japan to never forget its colonial past.  This is, in my estimation, a way of reminding the nascent/new Japanese government that in spite of whatever change of power in Japan, the colonial past remains raw and unaccounted for.  By the same token, all the same old platitudes apply for Pyongyang’s anti-Japanese tactic: … Continue reading Anti-Japanese Upswing in North Korean Media

Update from Beijing

At the moment, Seattle, Paris, and Berlin are all in the rear-view miror; the author of Sinologistical Violoncellist has moved shop to Beijing, China. While many advantages accrue to one willing to take the journey to the People’s Republic, freedom of speech is not one of them. Sadly, my blog cannot be accessed in China, presumably on account of references to the dialogue around commemorations … Continue reading Update from Beijing