Contested Era, Blossoming Memory: Reconsidering the Early 1950s in the Present PRC

In walking around Chinese book markets, perusing Chinese newspapers, talking to Chinese scholars and intellectuals, and just plain thinking here in the PRC, the remarkable fact emerges of the enormous gap between what is printed and discussed here and how we talk about it back in the West. In other words, there are some thorny themes being worked out here in the PRC that seem … Continue reading Contested Era, Blossoming Memory: Reconsidering the Early 1950s in the Present PRC

Stories to Follow

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 … Continue reading Stories to Follow

Lin Biao’s Dissent on the Korean War

In a country and political system where history thrums deeply with contemporary political connotations, it may be interesting to note that, after an orgy of publishing since 1990 about the Korean War which left his role largely untouched, the CCP is now encouraging discussion of Lin Biao’s doubts about intervention in Korea in 1950. This extensive article in Huanqiu Shibao lays out the case and … Continue reading Lin Biao’s Dissent on the Korean War

Depicting China’s Androgynous Past

In researching a previous post about Lu Buwei and era of China’s Warring States, I came across a number of very interesting blogs on the Sina.com platform.  Since WordPress and Blogspot are blocked by the Great Firewall of China, Sina is one of the most popular blogging services on the Chinese internet.  (Out of frustration this past summer in Beijing, I myself started a Sina.com … Continue reading Depicting China’s Androgynous Past