His brutal, unpredictable dictatorship has disappeared, but in its place has emerged a blander, more prosaic and bureaucratic authoritarian system. Still, the Chinese people remain in chains, though their fetters now are gold and silver.
Two new books share an important attribute -- an unshakable belief that Bach, Mozart and Schubert elevate the human spirit and have the power to comfort us, to inspire us and to overcome even the greatest challenges.
Bo Xilai, the populist former Chongqing chief recently purged from China's Politburo, was a dangerous, recidivistic force in Chinese politics. His fate should be cheered. Yes, his ouster reveals the dark side of the country's cloak-and-dagger leadership.
Can a writer working in the realm of nonfiction ever change the facts because he's Making Art or Delivering an Important Message? The view of basically every respected journalist is Hell No. But a new book takes the opposite view.
There are kites shaped like butterflies, swallows, dragonflies and centipedes. There are kites that stretch all the way across the ceiling of the shop and kites that are so small they can fit into a regular size envelope.
The majority of Chinese artists who are squabbled over by blue chip dealers have one thing in common: The history between Mao's cultural revolution and present-day China's as a touchstone in their art's imagery.
For over twenty years, the Tibet House has operated with the function of preserving Tibetan art and culture. And this week, the Tibet House will be opening an exhibit showing the art of their students.
The Tibetan capital doesn't have a single representative of the international media posted there. Tibetans can only send news of student demonstrations to the outside world by using rough-and-ready ways.
Top leaders in the performing arts sat down with Chinese cultural officials, only to find out that China seems to be addressing the issues head-on in a fearless way. At least so it seems, watching Yu Long.