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The Tragedy of Liberation

The Tragedy of Liberation

Written by Stanislav Myšička. Frank Dikötter: The Tragedy of Liberation. A History of the Chinese Revolution, 1945–57. New York, Bloomsbury 2013. With The Tragedy of Liberation Frank Dikötter, a Professor of History at the University of Hong Kong, presents the second book from his People’s Trilogy. The first work in that series, Mao’s...

Jonathan Sullivan08 Sep 2014Leave a comment

China's Second Continent

China’s Second Continent

Written by Jonathan Sullivan. Howard French (2014) China’s Second Continent. New York: Knopf. Who are the Chinese in Africa? Why are they there? What are they doing? What effects are their actions and engagements with local populations having? These are important substantive questions that have somehow flown under the radar despite the...

Jonathan Sullivan14 Aug 2014Leave a comment

A Report on the 11th Annual Conference of the European Association of Taiwan Studies (EATS)

A Report on the 11th Annual Conference of the European Association of Taiwan Studies (EATS)

Written by Isabelle Cheng, Jens Damm and Ann Heylen. After reaching the milestone of its first decade since its foundation, the 11th EATS Conference was held at the University of Portsmouth in the UK from 30 April to 2 May.  Echoing its mission of promoting Taiwan Studies amongst European academia, the conference was co-hosted by the Centre for...

Jonathan Sullivan08 Aug 2014Leave a comment

Han Han: This Generation

Han Han: This Generation

Written by Jonathan Sullivan. Han, Han (2012). This Generation: Dispatches from China’s Most Popular Blogger. London: Simon & Schuster. It is somewhat disconcerting to read a blogger’s work, post after post, covering a span of several years. Blog posts are usually written in response to something that has just happened and it is the...

Jonathan Sullivan04 Aug 2014Leave a comment

New trends in Taiwanese politics research

New trends in Taiwanese politics research

Written by Jonathan Sullivan. Under the guidance of Professor Gunter Schubert and his team, in the space of six years or so the European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan at the University of Tubingen has become one of the major centres of excellence for Taiwan Studies in Europe (disclaimer: I am an ERCCT Fellow). The ERCCT recently...

Jonathan Sullivan16 Jul 2014Leave a comment

A Reflection on Cultural Brokers and “Understanding Taiwan through Film and Documentaries”

A Reflection on Cultural Brokers and “Understanding Taiwan through Film and Documentaries”

Written by Ming-Yeh Rawnsley. The Centre of Taiwan Studies, the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London hosted a series of eleven Taiwan film screenings from November 2013 to March 2014 as part of their “Spotlight Taiwan” programme — Understanding Taiwan through Film and Documentaries— funded by the Ministry of...

Jonathan Sullivan11 Jul 2014One comment

Taiwan's nuclear power problem

Taiwan’s nuclear power problem

Written by Ben Goren. One of the hardest tasks facing any social scientist is to accurately and plausibly explain why certain social movements and issues gain or lose traction with the wider public at particular times and places. Sometimes the answer appears relatively simple; an event so profound that it acts as a catalyst in activating deeply...

Jonathan Sullivan09 Jul 2014Leave a comment

A very short introduction to the Cultural Revolution

A very short introduction to the Cultural Revolution

Written by Stanislav Myšička. Richard Kraus, The Cultural Revolution. A Very Short Introduction. Oxford, OUP 2013. The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution was one of the defining moments of China’s modern history. It had deep and multifaceted consequences on Chinese politics, economy and the society and unlike some earlier developments in...

Jonathan Sullivan01 Jul 2014Leave a comment

China's influence on Taiwan's media

China’s influence on Taiwan’s media

Written by Ben Goren. Hsu Chien-jung (2014) China’s influence on Taiwan’s media. Asian Survey 54(3): 515-39 Taiwan’s media freedoms are facing a triple threat. Since the early 2000s, China has engaged in a clandestine media war against Taiwan by encouraging pro-China Taiwanese business tycoons to purchase Taiwanese media outlets, by...

Jonathan Sullivan23 Jun 2014Leave a comment

Changing Media, Changing China

Changing Media, Changing China

Written by Jonathan Sullivan Susan Shirk (ed) Changing Media, Changing China (2011: OUP). As the title of this excellent volume suggests, China’s media environment has evolved alongside the many other areas of the economy and society that have changed during the reform era. When the state decided to relax, by stages, it’s iron grip on the...

Jonathan Sullivan17 Jun 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 ...

25 May 2015 / Ming-Yeh Rawnsley

I just want to echo Gary's comments and to alert to readers who may be interested in Routl...

24 May 2015 / Gary Rawnsley

Thanks for the inclusion, Jon. Readers may also be interested in the newly published Routl...