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A Russian Mystic's American Expedition to China
Until Meru’s symbolic significance is made physical, we can expect such perversion from our leaders, and be sure that they will keep such advancement a private matter, and a public joke.
A Hongtong Tale
It also reveals how you can always spot a true Han Chinese, if not his home province, if he’ll take off his socks for you.
Koxinga the Pirate
Anyone really wanna know why Chairman Mao is guaranteed Chinese Hall of Fame for all eternity?
Bananas and Eggs
Take solace, if you can, in the strange case of two brothers, born and bred Chinese, but whiter than Howdy Doody.
Qiu Jin - The Stuff of Heroes
Be careful who you idolize, lest you come to be like them.
Chinese Warlord All-Stars
In these prosperous Chinese times, you find erstwhile warlords running KTV parlors, or the odd rural police force.
Dangerous Thinking - Early Qing Intellectuals
Ideas have little currency in times when any fool can broadcast his to the world, almost any idea, even on China’s Twitter, Sina Weibo.
The Emperor's Horses
Li Shi Min was Chinese enough to lead the Chinese, yet close enough to the nomads to lead the Turkic tribes who regularly threatened border areas in the northwest.
The Chinese Abroad: Myanmar
The West so far seems immune to the hefty political clout that inevitably grows in transplanted Chinese communities. Perhaps there is another brainy minority there that uses craft to make up for numbers, in the Game of Votes.
Qingmings Past and Present
636 BCE Duke Wen orders the first day to honor a dead person, his faithful servant Jie. Ironic, considering the Duke had burned both Jie and his mother alive.
Anshun - Ancient Grudge, New Harmony
If you visited Anshun today and were told this was an ancient Miao stronghold, you’d see no reason not to believe it. The people of Anshun still have their eastern Chinese accents, but aside from that, they’ve become hill dwellers, and gone Miao as much as Miao have gone Han.