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Mind the gap: Culture and political values

Mind the gap: Culture and political values

Written by Jonathan Sullivan. In The Cultural Logic of Politics in Mainland China and Taiwan, the last (posthumous) book published by Duke political scientist Tianjian Shi, Professor Shi argues that rationality is culturally embedded, and that a culturally defined normative rationality shapes people’s choices in social and political life. The...

Jonathan Sullivan14 Aug 2015Leave a comment

How the west sees China

How the west sees China

Written by Jonathan Sullivan. In the western imagination China has long been something ‘exotic’, a tendency that preceded the earliest contact and was reinforced by the (usually tall) tales of early travellers. This exoticism takes many forms and has given rise to many stereotypes, sometimes ‘positive’ (for instance in the recurring...

Jonathan Sullivan12 Aug 2015Leave a comment

General Information on the Geography of China

General Information on the Geography of China

Written by Adam Horálek Základní informace o čínském zeměpisu. 中国地理常识(中捷对照)[General Information on the Geography of China]. The Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council – Hanban – Sinolingua, Beijing, 2014, ISBN 978-7-5138-0631-2. 225 p. The book General Information on the Geography of China is a...

Martin Lavicka07 Aug 2015Leave a comment

Himalayan Powers

Himalayan Powers

Written by Adam Horálek Krno, Svetozár (2014): Himalájske veĺmoci [Himalayan Powers]. Univerzita Konštantína Filozofa v Nitre, Nitra. ISBN 978-80-558-0713-3. 188 p. China and India constitute today’s most increasing super-powers in the world with the two most rapidly growing economies and the two biggest populations comprising one third...

Martin Lavicka04 Aug 2015Leave a comment

Wives, Husbands and Lovers: Marriage and sexuality in Hong Kong, Taiwan and urban China

Wives, Husbands and Lovers: Marriage and sexuality in Hong Kong, Taiwan and urban China

Written by Adam Horálek Davis, Deborah S., Friedman, Sara L. (eds., 2014): Wives, Husbands and Lovers: Marriage and sexuality in Hong Kong, Taiwan and urban China. Hong Kong University Press, Hong Kong. ISBN 978-988-8208-41-8. 326 p. China has experienced not only the quickest economic development but also a very significant and rapid social...

Martin Lavicka01 Jul 2015Leave a comment

Energy Security and Sustainable Economic Growth in China

Energy Security and Sustainable Economic Growth in China

Written by Adam Horálek Yao, Shujie, Herrerias, Maria J. (eds., 2014): Energy Security and Sustainable Economic Growth in China. Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills. ISBN 978-1-137-37204-8. 338 p. Since 1993, the People’s Republic of China is a net importer of oil which is vital for its rising economy. Since then, in two decades, China has become...

Martin Lavicka30 Jun 2015Leave a comment

Taiwan 2016. Reading list #7: Taiwan's democracy in comparative perspective

Taiwan 2016. Reading list #7: Taiwan’s democracy in comparative perspective

Written by Jonathan Sullivan. Taiwan is one of a number of democracies that began their transition around the same time; sometimes referred to in Huntington’s terminology as ‘Third Wave’ democracies. Taiwan’s experience of democracy has rendered it an increasingly common subject of comparative research, further aided by participation in a...

Jonathan Sullivan27 May 2015Leave a comment

Taiwan 2016. Reading list #6: National identity & nationalism

Taiwan 2016. Reading list #6: National identity & nationalism

Written by Jonathan Sullivan. Throughout democratization and into the democratic era, questions around national identity, Taiwan’s current and future status, and relations with China have been an inescapable and highly contested feature of the political landscape. Indeed, as the sophisticated study by Wachman 1994 shows, national identity and...

Jonathan Sullivan26 May 2015Leave a comment

Taiwan 2016. Reading list #5: Media & political communications

Taiwan 2016. Reading list #5: Media & political communications

Written by Jonathan Sullivan. During most of the KMT’s one party rule, the media were tightly controlled by the party-state, and played a key role, alongside the education system, of establishing and sustaining the hegemony of nationalist Chinese narratives. This dominance first started to come under pressure from unofficial media in the early...

Jonathan Sullivan22 May 20152 comments

Stories of Me and China

Stories of Me and China

Written by Julie Yu-wen Chen. In October 2013, the Chinese Embassy in Kazakhstan held an essay competition, called Stories of Me and China. There were 140 essays submitted for competition, and eventually 38 were selected for publication in a book entitled 我和中国的故事/Моя история с Китаем, which literally translates as...

Jonathan Sullivan21 May 2015Leave 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

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