The Fall of the Berlin some 20 years ago is again on the mind of many. According to the NYTimes, "[t]he historical legacy of 1989, when the Berlin Wall fell and the cold war thawed, is as political as the upheavals of that decisive year." For many in the West, the events of 1989 represents the ultimate triumph of the West over East - of democratic, capitalistic liberalism over … [Read more...] about The Fall of the Berlin Wall on our Mind…
For me personally, the Mainland's grandparents and great-grandparents are China's most interesting generation. As soon as I could string a few sentences together I was trying to get our neighbours to tell us about their stories and experiences. But Xinran, the authour of China Witness: Voices from a Silent Generation, being Chinese, can go light-years farther in an interview … [Read more...] about (Letter from Joel) Mainlanders and their pasts, Mainlanders and their selves
Note: This was written by Michael at World-China Bridges, cross-posted here. I thought there is a new democracy fatigue, but Gordon Chang, author of “The Coming Collapse of China,” quoting what he called “a well-known fund manager in Beijing,” thought “there is now an Olympics fatigue.”He wrote at the Far Eastern Economic Review: … [Read more...] about (Guest Post) Communism causes Olympics fatigue?