Monthly Archives: December 2009


  • China Expat's Year in Review
    What? The year's over? No offense to Gregorians, but we'll be wrapping things up after twelve lunar months. That'll be February 14th, meaning Valentine's Day fans here will have to forfeit the intimate Pizza Hut dinner for th


  • Side by Side: China in 1978 and Today
    A year under three decades. That's all it took for the PRC to wind down its mighty class struggles, and take up capitalism with Chinese characteristics.


  • Tiananmen Square, Pre - PRC
    Day to day, it's an essentially humdrum place, little going on other than tourists dutifully posing for shots before they go into the Forbidden City. But symbolically, Tiananmen Square is China's political nerve center, and the flash poi


  • Wen Fang’s Birthday Present
    Wen Fang: cup in one hand, world in the otherNot for her, in fact, but from her. Paris-Beijing's latest exhibition is Wen Fang's gift to the world as it turns a year older, an installation/almanac of China in 2008.


  • Hessler's Kids
    It's a saturated genre, China Expat memoirs. Lest you doubt it, belly up to a crowd of expats in a Beijing bar and tell them, with as much gravitas as you can muster, "I'm thinking of writing about my time in China.


  • China's Old School Academics
    A career as an academic is generally considered a safe route through life. The greatest struggles they face are the quest for tenure, departmental bickering, and the occasional gang of drunken townies.


  • The Three Leadership Lessons of Emperor Taizong
    Taizong tightening his belt and taking chargeTimes change; human nature doesn't, nor the principles that guide it. Like many a would-be leader today, quite a few Chinese rulers wheedled and lied their way to the top spot - their legacie


  • China's Historic Thumbs Up For Global Warming
    Evening View over Stream and MountainsBy Chris Devonshire-Ellis Chinese Professor Xie Zhenghui, of the Chinese Academy of Sciences International Centre for Climate and Environmental Sciences has thrown a spanner into the UN summit on glob


  • Revolutionary Justice
    ~ the following is a graphic account of the inter-class atrocities that plagued China just before the founding of the PRC, from The Ancient Ship, by award-winning author Zhang Wei.


  • Jiuxiang: Another Side of Yunnan
    There are two kinds of tourists: those who want to see nature untrammeled, and those who want to see what man has done with it. The latter must heavily outweigh the former, otherwise why would Yunnan's Jiuxiang Park get so little PR? To be