Destruction or Facelift for Beijing’s Gulou? French Press Reports, Photos

…faire peau neuve…. Destruction or facelift for the venerable and endangered Gulou/Drum Tower neighborhood in north Beijing? Efrafan Days, a UK-based blog, carries an essential report/opinion piece on this issue, rich with links, on the coming holocaust of historical architecture and rise of historical kitsch in Beijing. Rather than duplicate all the effort presently, I thought I might translate a solid report which was published … Continue reading Destruction or Facelift for Beijing’s Gulou? French Press Reports, Photos

French Press: East Asia Tropes

Le Monde Diplomatique (法国世界外交论衡月刊)is one of the more thoughtful periodicals from the French perspective on foreign affairs, available (partially) here in English (中文版打这儿).   The compendium of foreign affairs essays has a good track record of covering the North Korean perspective from various perspectives, to wit:  This essay by Chinese scholar Shen Dingli (of Fudan University in Shanghai, much hated on by rollback blogs like Joshua Stanton’s) argues that North Korea, even … Continue reading French Press: East Asia Tropes