Soft Power Fiddling Meets Open-Throat Singing: Big Goings-On in New York

Yesterday the Sunday New York Times suddenly became worth its asking price of $6 by carrying a large advertisement laying out the immense variety of China-related musical activites going on in Manhattan this week.  In effect, the PRC is taking over the beating heart of the classical music world, with the exception of the Metropolitan Opera, an institution which has already lionized Placido Domingo as … Continue reading Soft Power Fiddling Meets Open-Throat Singing: Big Goings-On in New York

Concubines and Character Assassination

It never fails to amuse me when commentators like myself get anguished over the Chinese Communist Party’s misrepresentation of history.   What Chinese dynasties don’t misrepresent history, demonizing their predecessors and building their own reflective edifices?  It’s a critical part of the Chinese historical tradition. But when one reads Sima Qian, that smooth stylist, that master spinner of yarns, it is easy to forget that … Continue reading Concubines and Character Assassination