Sanmao Saturday: Introducing Zhang Leping and His Sanmao the Orphan Comics

Way back when I was in my first year at UCI, I had to write a research paper and was struggling to find a topic. I knew that I wanted to do something on popular culture, but I only had about ten weeks to do all the research AND write the paper—no time to makeContinue reading “Sanmao Saturday: Introducing Zhang Leping and His Sanmao the Orphan Comics”

The Cronut Comes to Shanghai

I’m a little surprised at how far behind Shanghai has lagged in opening a cronut (I’m sorry, a Cronut™) shop. In New York, the birthplace of the croissant/donut hybrid, cronuts are old news: the inventor of last summer’s trendy dessert has already moved on to pushing his other creations, like an ice-cream sundae in aContinue reading “The Cronut Comes to Shanghai”

Wanderings: Two Weeks in Taiwan

I’ll begin by admitting that I was wrong. I know a lot of people who have spent significant amounts of time in Taiwan—studying Chinese or doing archival research—and without fail, they tell me that they prefer Taiwan to mainland China. It’s cleaner, it’s better organized and better run and easier to get things done, theContinue reading “Wanderings: Two Weeks in Taiwan”

Wall Street Journal: Denying Historians: China’s Archives Increasingly Off-Bounds

Before I came to China to do research for the first time, I worried about how I would get access to the archives. I had heard plenty of war stories from historians who had done their dissertation research in the 1980s and early ’90s, when the archives had been opened to foreigners (unlike the MaoContinue reading Wall Street Journal: Denying Historians: China’s Archives Increasingly Off-Bounds”