Lyme disease

Here is a picture of our awesome outing to the springs and oboo in Weinahe. Looks nice  doesn’t it?   Other than the fact that we finally have some good photos for our album of 90s college rock, do you by chance notice anything about these pictures? Anything that perhaps separates one of us from the others?  That’s right, one…

Homeless in Hong Kong

Most people who know me have heard my stories about sleeping in parks in Taipei, or “urban camping” in some of Europe’s more (or less) welcoming cities. Sure it was no fun to be outside, but for the most part it was a matter of choice. I could have called home (that’s right kids, we’re talking about…

Historical perspective on China’s NGO draft law

This past summer, China introduced a new law aimed at curbing the activities of NGOs operating in the country. The law itself was heavily criticized in the international press, in part because the law closely resembled measures enacted in Russia under Putin. Similar measures have appeared in other jurisdictions, such as Cambodia. The new restriction of NGOs in…

Book reviews: Debating the “China model”

The China Model and Global Political Economy: Comparison, Impact, and Interaction, by Ming Wan.[Routledge Contemporary China Series Vol. 111.] Abingdon: Routledge, 2014. xx + 194 pp. China and Global Capitalism: Reflections on Marxism, History, and Contemporary Politics, by Lin Chun. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. viii + 266 pp. Much has been written about the…

Opiate of the masses with Chinese characteristics

Reposted from the SSRC religion blog “The Immanent Frame” Before making projections about the future of religion and secularity in China, we should first take a step back and reconsider some notions about how China’s approach to religion has historically differed and sometimes conflicted with Western ideas and practices. The first is the image of…

Meet China’s New Image Makers (Just Don’t Call Them ‘Cadres’)

Anyone who was living in China in the early 1990s will remember that day in September 1993 when the International Olympic Committee met in Monte Carlo to announce the site of the 2000 Olympiad. Nominally the competition was between Sydney and Beijing, but in reality Beijing’s bid had mobilized the whole country. Public parks throughout…

Is Buddhism Agnostic?

As religions go, Buddhism can be pretty hard to grab hold of. Ask two Buddhists what they believe, and you won’t just get two different answers — you might get three or four. On the one hand, the sheer size and diversity of the Buddhist tradition makes it impossible to say what “Buddhists” think. Remember…

Who speaks for religion?

Usually we know where to look for answers. You know where to go for the weather forecast, and who to call when your car won’t start. If you need to find something more esoteric–who fought the War of the Spanish Succession, or what is the main export of Bangladesh–there’s always Wikipedia. What about religion? How…