A few months ago, I was talking with a Chinese history professor here and somehow came to mention the name Lei Feng in passing. “You know Lei Feng?!?” he exclaimed, laughing. Well, any China history nerd worth her salt knows Lei Feng, “the yeti of Chinese Communist history,” whose brief life became fodder for one … Continue reading Lei Feng and the Chinese Dream
The Shanghai International Literary Festival is a bright spot in the middle of Shanghai’s cold, damp winters. This year’s festival kicked off last night with a very swanky cocktail party at the Glamour Bar on the Bund. (The fact that I was willing to put on makeup, heels, and stockings on a Wednesday night is … Continue reading It’s Shanghai Litfest Time Again!