Tag Archives: Mao Zedong

Mo Yan, According to You — Part One


The disparaging of Mo Yan began before the Nobel Prize for Literature was announced on October 11 when rumor had it that Mo Yan was this year’s favorite. With the exception of the literarily versed, the criticism wasn’t based on … Continue reading

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Mao’s Great Famine couldn’t happen again (but June 4th could)


I recently finished reading Mao’s Great Famine: The History of China’s Most Devastating Catastrophe by Frank Dikötter, which outlines the full scope of horror that was the Great Leap Forward which in four years claimed 45 million lives. However, that … Continue reading

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Trading family for a washing machine – Are China’s poor really better off?


China’s rise has lifted hundreds of millions out of poverty, but has life really improved as much as that claim implies? As a recent study shows, life satisfaction in China has not increased over the past 20 years, which seems to … Continue reading

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