To better understand China in the twenty-first century, globalized culture must first better understand itself.
A healthy government or nation or culture should be of the people, by the people and for the people. But does the concept of the people as a democratic, social entity still count?
It is the time of the year when students from Asia are applying to universities in the US. More and more ambitious young people from the East are looking to American education and culture, nurturing dreams for a bright future.
I am teaching a graduate course this quarter on premodern Chinese literary history that begins with the so-called "Confucian Classics" (10th to 6th centuries BC) and ends sometime around the early eleventh century AD, with the emergence of the genre of ci ("song-lyric").