Last Call for Abe Shinzo Congressional Speech Op-eds

The Stimson Center’s Yuki Tatsumi threw down the gauntlet in The Diplomat on May 7 in a piece pointedly entitled ‘Stop Obsessing over Abe’s Congressional Speech.’ The conclusion read as follows: Continuing to criticize Abe for his congressional speech is futile, even counterproductive. […] Would the audience have rather heard Abe spend most of his speech apologizing for Japan’s past wrongdoings and offer very little on his … Continue reading Last Call for Abe Shinzo Congressional Speech Op-eds

Questions for the Day

Generating questions should be the goal of more active blogging, practice of academic freedom, and production of scholarship.  So my first question is: Why the hell are all the links below in English?  Every single one. This is a serious problem which I intend to contemplate, and hopefully, to never repeat.  Anyway, please enjoy: What if Wen Jiabao came to the United States and no … Continue reading Questions for the Day


UPDATE: Xinhua all of a sudden today announces it is revamping its English-language web service as “part of its effort to follow the latest trend of Internet development and help domestic and overseas netizens learn more about China.”   And Xinhua removed the original editorial by Liu Si [now a dead link] on the Google issue which I critiqued below and which is now linked via … Continue reading Mini-Xinhua

December 7 in Chongqing

This morning I gave one of those lectures I enjoy delivering because it wakes people up and reconnects me with my Sino-Japanese research: a survey of aerial bombing of civilian populations during World War II (1937-1945). In the context of a class already primed for war crimes research studying the Rape of Nanking through the galvanizing lens of Iris Chang, it is important to broaden … Continue reading December 7 in Chongqing

French Dispatches from Tokyo: Philippe Pons on North Korean Provocations

Why Read the European Press re: East Asia? A Justification I operate on assumptions that more sources, even flawed ones, are better than fewer.  (I also believe, unlike the classic example of Dick Cheney in 2002-03, that as we sift through these sources, it is important to let a thesis develop out of them rather than imposing one from above.)  Grabbing a wider net can … Continue reading French Dispatches from Tokyo: Philippe Pons on North Korean Provocations