Vipers and Beasts in the Year of the Little Dragon

A certain wariness surrounds the Snake, one of the twelve zoological signs of the traditional Chinese calendar, and not only because the reptile inspires fear and repulsion. The Chinese word ‘snake’ she 蛇 is homophonous with she 折 ‘to break’ or ‘lose’. Business people in particular regard the snake with some trepidation since she ben 折本, ‘diminished capital’, hardly … more

Over Eighteen: China’s Political Spectrum Today

The Thinking China section of our site follows developments in the Chinese intellectual world by gradually building up a dictionary of Key Intellectuals who are positioned along the cultural-political spectrum of debate in the Chinese commonwealth. Under Key Articles we publish translations and updates on topics of current interest, while in The China Story Journal essays such as the following contribution … more

What Does the New China Think?

In 2008, Mark Leonard published What Does China Think?, a book that attempted to give the lay reader an overview of contemporary Chinese intellectual life and debates. In late 2012, he edited a volume of translations of articles and essays by prominent Chinese thinkers in a range of fields. Titled China 3.0 it was published as … more

The Anti-Media Monopoly Movement 反媒體壟斷運動 in Taiwan

Mark Harrison University of Tasmania Mark Harrison is the author of Legitimacy, Meaning and Knowledge in the Making of Taiwanese Identity (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006) and co-editor of The Margins of Becoming: Culture and Identity in Taiwan (Wiesbaden: Harrassovitz, 2007). He also wrote the section ‘Cross-Straits Relations’ in our China Story Yearbook 2012. Mark is a senior lecturer in Chinese Studies … more

The Sunset Clause: Australia-China Cultural Exchanges

Jocelyn Chey University of Sydney Jocelyn Chey’s career has been in the diplomatic service and in academic life in Australia. From a position as Lecturer in Chinese Studies at the University of Sydney, she moved to Canberra in 1973 when Australia first established diplomatic relations with China. For more than twenty years, she worked on … more

Keep Smiling! – You’re being watched

This invited contribution by Børge Bakken – a prolific scholar in the field of Chinese criminology based at the University of Hong Kong – was presented in extended form during the conference on ‘Law and Stability in China’ organised by the Australian Centre on China in the World in Canberra, 8-9 November 2012. This decoction of Professor … more