Chinese dairy visit

Yesterday I visited a farm in Dali, Yunnan. The big companies buy the milk from farms like this one, which has about 100 head of dairy cattle.

North beef-south beef – carnivorizing about in Shenzhen

When I was first learning Chinese in Taiwan, I remember being told that one of the teachers (who I didn’t know) had become gravely ill because of “wind.” This of course put my imagination on edge – was it pollution? extreme flatulence? They couldn’t explain, and I couldn’t ask. I discovered the answer some years…

What’s behind the rapprochement between China and the Vatican?

Originally posted in East Asia Forum 23 February 2017 The authority to appoint bishops has been a key point of contention in the restoration of relations between China and the Vatican. Since formally severing relations in 1951, China has refused torecognise any papal authority over the Chinese Church, particularly in appointing episcopal leadership. For its part, the…

Yellow Earth

From 15-18 September, the CUHK History and Anthropology AOE and Shaanxi Normal University arranged a field seminar in and around Xi’an. The itinerary was arranged by Micah Muscolino at Oxford, and took us to about 8 villages in Baishui 白水县 and Chengcheng 澄城县 Counties, along with a large scale water reclamation project, and two gorgeous…

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…

Empire in Asia – new course videos

I made these videos for a course that I taught with colleagues NUS last year. These were filmed before the class actually started, and include five segments filmed in various spots in Hulunbuir and Harbin. See the whole collection at: https://vimeo.com/user40204752/collections

Malacca – and here’s Jack Chia!

Oh where to begin with the Malacca stories?  Let’s just say that Malacca was one of my favorite parts of life in Singapore. One easy five hour bus ride, and you’re in one of the most charming cities in the world. So, when my schedule had me in Singapore in late November, and Macao in mid-December, I decided…