Since the Olympics torch relay last year, much have been written about Chinese nationalism (see, e.g., this time article, this newsweek article, this new yorker article) - often in a negative (and unfair) light. Earlier today, we at foolsmountain ran across a more thoughtful, subdued but perhaps equally critical view of Chinese nationalism - written from an immigrant's … [Read more...] about Chinese Nationalism – a Chinese Immigrant’s Perspective
On January 19, 2009, Tibetan legislators endorsed unanimously a bill designating March 28 as Serfs Emancipation Day, a day designated officially to mark the freeing of 1 million serfs from serfdom 50 years ago. For many ethnic Tibetans, this day represents a celebration of freedom (from cast and class based oppression), economic empowerment, and social and political … [Read more...] about Opinion: Dear Mr. Dalai Lama … please tear down this wall!
I've been resisting writing anything on Tibet recently because I think we've had more than our shares. But I think the time may be right on this board for one small, limited discussion. … [Read more...] about Tibet: Turning over a new page
The idea of “human rights” is neither new nor did it suddenly sprang into existence after WWII. It has arguably existed since the dawn of human existence, as portrayed in human stories and mythologies and exemplified throughout human history in man’s struggle against the arbitrariness of a higher power, be they of gods, fortune, nature or tyrants. In Chinese society, such … [Read more...] about On Human Rights, Intervention and the International Order
It's common knowledge that when it comes to racial remarks, Chinese people (and perhaps Asians in general) are not the most politically correct people in the world. We've had extended discussions about "racism" in China (see, e.g., Chocolate City post by Buxi). Recently, I came across an interesting article in Times Magazine (in relation to the U.S. Presidential politics) … [Read more...] about Are Chinese racist or simply politically incorrect?