Tiananmen at 25: From the China Beat Archives

There has already been, and there will be much more, written about the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests and June Fourth Massacre as the 25th anniversary approaches. As I said, I’ll do my best to stay on top of it all and post links to good material here on a semi-regular basis. But in addition toContinue reading “Tiananmen at 25: From the China Beat Archives”

More Tiananmen at 25 Events and Readings

When I edited The China Beat, I would put together weekly(ish) posts that rounded up the best recent stories on China in general, or on a specific topic in the news. Those grew less frequent as our Twitter presence expanded and we just posted links there, but I think the anniversary of the Tiananmen SquareContinue reading “More Tiananmen at 25 Events and Readings”

Tiananmen at 25: A Symposium at Saint Joseph’s University

Today, April 15, is the 25th anniversary of the death of Hu Yaobang. That’s a name that probably doesn’t ring a bell, unless you’re a China specialist, but Hu’s death in 1989 was the start of something big. A once-powerful government official who was purged in 1987, Hu had advocated for economic and political reformsContinue reading “Tiananmen at 25: A Symposium at Saint Joseph’s University”

A Cold, Creamy Taste of Home

A lot of first-time visitors to China exclaim to me that they’re astounded to see so many familiar American chain restaurants. You can find McDonald’s, KFC, Pizza Hut, and Starbucks in all but the smallest cities (and even those will almost certainly have a KFC), but the country’s first-tier megalopolises (Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou) offerContinue reading “A Cold, Creamy Taste of Home”

LA Review of Books: Ping-Pong Powerhouses and Table Tennis Tales

I think this will be my final post related to last month’s literary festivals. I saw journalist Nicholas Griffin speak at the Capital M Litfest in Beijing about his new book, Ping-Pong Diplomacy: The Secret History Behind the Game that Changed the World, and not long after managed to get my hands on a copy.Continue reading LA Review of Books: Ping-Pong Powerhouses and Table Tennis Tales”