Reactions, press and citations

This is a list with links to reactions, citations, radio and TV coverage as well as press mentions of The China Story:

Columbia University Weatherhead East Asian Institute Lecture Series on iTunes U
The Net and Chinese Narratives with Geremie R. Barmé, Jeremy Goldkorn, introduced by Orville Schell and hosted by Robbie Barnett, 25 September 2012.

ABC Radio (Australia)
· China Watch with Geremie Barmé, Saturday Extra, 11 August 2012.

ABC TV (Australia)
· The Political Implications of a Murder Trial, Lateline, 9 August 2012.

Peking Duck
· China Yearbook 2012.

· ‘Rising China‘.

John Garnaut, Sydney Morning Herald Beijing correspondent, 12 August 2012.
· The China Story opens a new gateway to contemporary China – in all its cultural, political, historical and international complexity. The Yearbook, in particular, provides an answer to the question: ‘What’s the one thing I need to read before coming to China?’

Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom, ‘What Should Obama and Romney Read on China?’,  HNN (History News Network), 3 September 2012:

Ian Johnson, who won a Pulitzer covering China for the Wall Street Journal and now writes about the country for the New York Times and other publications, used the phrase ‘very very readable’ in a tweet praising Red Rising, Red Eclipse… .

The book focuses on the period lasting from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games to the present and is the inaugural ‘China Story Yearbook’, launching what promises to be an extraordinarily useful series for specialists in Chinese studies and also for those simply curious to get a smart, quick take on the PRC. The book is one project of a multi-faceted collaboration between ANU and the excellent Beijing-based group Danwei, which is known for its insightful tracking of trends in Chinese popular media… . The book is linked to a new blog, ‘The China Story Journal’ that, among other things, will publish regular ‘lexicon’ entries that examine the way that Chinese government officials, their critics, and other citizens of the PRC use and understand key terms, such as ‘human rights (the subject of an early post).

There are many appealing things about Red Rising, Red Eclipse. It contains a valuable section devoted to urban trends in China, for example, and another that translates selected important posts from the Chinese Internet. One of its best qualities is simply that it manages to pay close attention to dissecting Chinese government propaganda and emphasizes the influence state media has, yet continually shows why readers need to avoid falling into the common trap of assuming that all or even most citizens of the PRC think the same way about big topics.

And although this hardly matters for presidential campaigns that don’t need to pinch pennies, there’s another big plus about the book: its price. Team Romney and Team Obama can download it as an e-book for free at

Ian Johnson,Han Han: Why Aren’t You Grateful?‘, The New York Review of Books, 1 October 2012.

The China Story, an illuminating collection of essays edited by the Australian sinologist Geremie Barmé about contemporary China, available in a free downloadable pdf.