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Western Critics of China Need to Avoid a Colonial Mindset

Daniel A. Bell | Posted 09.08.2016 | World
Daniel A. Bell

BEIJING -- Western thinkers should support China's effort to continue to build up a political meritocracy with democratic characteristics. What is the alternative?

Xi Jinping's Authoritarianism Does a Disservice to China's Nuanced Political Tradition

Jeffrey Wasserstrom | Posted 09.08.2016 | World
Jeffrey Wasserstrom

China's leaders assert a very conservative vision of Chinese culture and history, which is self-serving and does a gross disservice to the country's rich, multifaceted traditions. Western commentators must be more careful to bear this in mind.

Tracking China's Political Change Through Dazibao Posters

ADST | Posted 03.21.2017 | World

Note: Our accounts contain the personal recollections and opinions of the individual interviewed. The views expressed should not be considered officia...

Xi Launches Cultural Counter-Revolution To Restore Confucianism As China's Ideology

Nathan Gardels | Posted 12.18.2014 | World
Nathan Gardels

Clearly, The Analects of Confucius is for Xi's Chinese renaissance what The Little Red Book was for Mao's Cultural Revolution.

Another Woman Taking the Fall as the Dynasty Ruptures in China

Mahlon Meyer | Posted 11.04.2013 | World
Mahlon Meyer

When it is impossible to trust the verdict of a legal system that is in thrall to its politics, we must seek other ways of interpreting its verdicts. We must see its verdicts as a sign of the times. When major changes in governance occur, a powerful woman usually gets offered up as a sacrifice.

You Already Won the Lottery

Michael Meade, D.H.L. | Posted 07.14.2012 | Home
Michael Meade, D.H.L.

Rich or poor, lucky in life or oppressed by it, we each must eventually accept the lot we were given and play the hand we have been dealt or else be but a pawn in a game where others determine the outcome for us.

The Relation Between Religion And Government In China

Thomas David DuBois | Posted 07.23.2011 | Religion
Thomas David DuBois

Many international observers fail to appreciate that religion in China has never been treated as a matter of personal choice. It's hard to imagine that the current regime would suddenly start to view things differently.

Who Was Confucius And Why Does It Matter?

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 07.18.2011 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

We need to understand that in the centuries following Confucus' death, his teachings became the official ideology of the Chinese state, a position held with virtually no break into the 20th century.

Confucius Says: It's All About the Guanxi! Business Etiquette in China

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Lisa Mirza Grotts

When conducting business in China, there are many protocols to be followed. Jenny Li, author of Passport China, writes that success in international b...

A Sudden Dawn: A Book Review

Arthur Rosenfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Arthur Rosenfeld

A Sudden Dawn is delicious candy with a grain of medicine at its core. If you have the slightest interest in Chinese history, and if you yourself have wrestled with some of the profound truths of Buddhism, get a copy.

The Warrior Emperor and China's Terracotta Army Marches Into Canada

Marissa Bronfman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Marissa Bronfman

Less than 40 years ago in the Shaanxi province of north-central China, farmers accidentally unearthed fragments of what would become one of the world's greatest archaeological finds.

Google vs. Confucius

Nicolas Berggruen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Nicolas Berggruen

China may have invented the first printing press in 593 and published the first woodblock-printed newspaper in 713. But in 2010 it wants to curb the newest information innovation led by Google.

China's Heritage Sites In Danger (SLIDESHOW)

Jeff Morgan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeff Morgan

Working in a vast country like China, with its long traditions of social and work cultures and particular political system, presents a number of challenges for an international conservancy.

China and the Debt

Arthur Rosenfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Arthur Rosenfeld

The Chinese hold our debt and buy our real estate and in return we buy their manufactured goods. Perhaps we could bring some Chinese wisdom and savvy over too, just to balance the beam.

Getting in Shape to Watch the Olympic Games: A Five-Week Plan for the Intellectually Curious Mouse Potato

Jeffrey Wasserstrom | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jeffrey Wasserstrom

Assuming that people heading to Beijing have already been getting ready mentally, this regimen is for those who want to be informed consumers of Olympic broadcasts.