Mémoire interdite: New Source on the Cultural Revolution in Tibet

This past few months in Chengdu and in my October foray into Tibet, I often found myself wondering where I could get more solid documentation on the impact of the Cultural Revolution in Tibet.  While the topic is not completely suppressed (appearing in truncated form in Party histories published in Tibet), it is, with out a doubt, submerged. Enter Woeser, the top-flight Tibetan blogger, author, … Continue reading Mémoire interdite: New Source on the Cultural Revolution in Tibet

Nobel Prize Awarded to Liu Xiaobo: A Critique of New York Times Coverage

Surely you all have read Edward Wong’s report in the New York Times about the Nobel Prize award to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.  The full text of the article is here; direct quotes from the article are included below in italics and followed by my analysis. [Ed Wong writes:] 1. BEIJING — Few nations today stand as more of a challenge to the democratic model … Continue reading Nobel Prize Awarded to Liu Xiaobo: A Critique of New York Times Coverage

Stehen Sie Auf: The Germans Step Up

Along with and her cabinet members, German Chancellor Angela Merkel appears to be filling a void left by the Obama administration in speaking frankly to China on environmental and human rights issues.  Apparently being somewhat less in debt to China, or, perhaps, possessing the postwar German penchant for speaking truth to power, adds to the conservative democrat’s ability to do speak with a moral voice. … Continue reading Stehen Sie Auf: The Germans Step Up