The symbolic imposition of Mandarin in Hong Kong

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Share This: . . It’s been a busy week for China, although the Chinese people probably haven’t noticed due to something called censorship: the Panama Papers featuring Xi Jinping’s inner family circles, the Chinese’s “Great Firewall” being registered by U.S. … Read More

Academic freedom with Chinese characteristics

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Share This: I may have mentioned a couple of times two interesting essays about academic freedom in the field of Chinese studies: Jay Nordlinger’s “Scholars with Spine,” and Marshall Sahlins’ Confucius Institutes: Academic Malware. The issue of “academic freedom” has … Read More

China, the West and “The Shandong Syndrome” (III)

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Share This: 1966: The Red August Holocaust Whereas the Great Leap Forward (1958-1961) had witnessed between 30 and 45 millions of deaths, from famine, murders, raping, suicides and cannibalism, the Cultural Revolution focused on a different type of victim: cultural … Read More

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