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"Making the most of her experience as a journalist and her training in sociology, Leta Hong Fincher draws on previous breakthrough works in Chinese gender studies and her own interviews, while proving equally at home summarizing statistics and telling poignant tales of individual experience. The...

In this thought-provoking essay, Li Jie, the well-known U.S.-based scholar of contemporary Chinese culture, argues that the power of a nation must be backed by its culture, and that a nation cannot project its power without a cultural foundation. He says that this is the case with China today,...

Dream of Ding Village is the story of a blood collection craze that led to an outbreak of HIV/AIDS and a huge loss of life in rural Hunan due to poor transfusion/collection practices and lack of regulations and national oversight. Yan’s prose is a pleasure to read: neither overly dense...

A look at contemporary China through essays written on ten Chinese terms, including “disparity” (差距), “grassroots” (草根), “copycat” (山赛), and “bamboozle” (忽悠). Part personal stories, part social analysis, this book—in the words of a reviewer for The Wall Street Journal—“captures the...

A New York Times Magazine article about the “human-flesh search engines” (人肉搜索), which has become a form of online vigilante justice in China. Downey sheds light on the unique power of the Internet in China, providing several shocking examples of the “human-flesh search” in action,...

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