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Class in Contemporary China

Class in Contemporary China

Written by Jonathan Sullivan. Class in Contemporary China by David S. G. Goodman. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2014.  In the reform era the class structure of Chinese society and the nature of class politics have changed as the source of Party legitimacy has moved from socialist ideology to economic performance under conditions of “market...

Jonathan Sullivan07 Feb 2015Leave a comment

Choosing a Chinese Internet Text

Choosing a Chinese Internet Text

Written by Jonathan Sullivan. My Chinese media and internet class (30+ students) is very mixed in terms of the students’ Chinese language skills and their level of prior exposure. This is quite usual, and in these circumstances I’ve found that building the syllabus out from a couple of major texts (with a large selection of supplementary...

Jonathan Sullivan03 Feb 2015Leave a comment

New Challenges for Maturing Democracies in Korea and Taiwan

New Challenges for Maturing Democracies in Korea and Taiwan

Written by Jonathan Sullivan. Larry Diamond and Gi-Wook Shin (eds.), (2014) New Challenges for Maturing Democracies in Korea and Taiwan (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press). Taiwan and Korea share similar developmental trajectories and experiences of democratization and within comparative democratization research they have become comparators...

Jonathan Sullivan30 Jan 2015Leave a comment

Studying the Chinese Media

Studying the Chinese Media

Written by Jonathan Sullivan. In the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Nottingham I teach an upper level undergraduate class on the Chinese media. It seeks to cover historical developments, reforms and relevant ways of theorizing about the major broadcast and print media (in addition to the internet, which I will write...

Jonathan Sullivan16 Jan 2015Leave a comment

Media in China, China in the Media

Media in China, China in the Media

Written by Jonathan Sullivan. Media in China, China in the Media: Processes, Strategies, Images and Identities. Adina Zemanek (Ed.). Krakow: Jagiellonian University Press, 2014. China’s economic engagement extends to all corners of the globe, bringing a variety of Chinese actors into contact with people in locales where a Chinese presence has...

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Why Taiwan Matters

Why Taiwan Matters

Written by Jonathan Sullivan. Shelley Rigger, Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse. (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2011). Millions of Taiwanese will go to the polls on Saturday Nov 29 to elect over eleven thousand public officials. It is an extraordinary democratic exercise. The many campaigns have passed off with minimal...

Jonathan Sullivan25 Nov 2014Leave a comment

Democratizing Taiwan

Democratizing Taiwan

Written by Jonathan Sullivan. Democratizing Taiwan by J. Bruce Jacobs (Brill; 2012) On Saturday Nov 29, Taiwan will conduct a range of local elections that are historic in scale. The number of positions up for grabs (over eleven thousand), the size of the electorate (over 18 million) and the range of offices (from Mayor of Taipei to head of local...

Jonathan Sullivan23 Nov 2014Leave a comment

The long shadow of Taiwan’s one-party legacy

The long shadow of Taiwan’s one-party legacy

Written by Jonathan Sullivan. Mikael Mattlin, (2011) Politicized Society: The long shadow of Taiwan’s one-party legacy (Copenhagen: NIAS). Taiwan is in the middle of an historic democratic exercise, which will culminate on November 29 when millions of Taiwanese will choose over 11000 local representatives to serve them. The scale of the exercise...

Jonathan Sullivan19 Nov 2014Leave a comment

Government and Politics in Taiwan

Government and Politics in Taiwan

Written by Jonathan Sullivan. Dafydd Fell, (2011) Government and Politics in Taiwan (London: Routledge). On November 29, millions of Taiwanese voters will go to the polls to choose a range of local officials in historic 9-in-1 elections. If readers find themselves bamboozled by the complexities of competition for over 11000 public positions,...

Jonathan Sullivan17 Nov 2014Leave a comment

Chinese Whispers

Chinese Whispers

Written by Jonathan Sullivan. Chinese Whispers: The True Story Behind Britain’s Hidden Army of Labour. Hsiao-Hung Pai. (London: Penguin, 2008). In 2004, on a freezing night in February, 21 Chinese migrant workers (pictured) were caught and drowned by the treacherous tides on the Morecombe Bay cockle beds in north-west England. The tragedy...

Jonathan Sullivan03 Nov 2014Leave a comment

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23 May 2016 / Norbert Francis

Yes, this was an interesting study by Chang and Lu of bilingualism and perceptions of the ...

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