Why Is Chinese So Boring?

Xi Jinping’s Empire of Tedium 舙   Catherine Churchman 龔雅華, historian, linguist and artist, teaches at Victoria University of Wellington. She wrote the following essay — ‘Why fewer people want to learn Mandarin’— in response to discussions about the local realities of a pedagogical conundrum that is recognised widely in the Anglophone world.… Read

Mourning Ben Lim — Watching China Watching

Watching China Watching 悲歡離合   Benjamin Kang Lim 林洸耀, friend, accomplished journalist, quick-witted interlocutor, and an insightful analyst and commentator in the best tradition of China Watching passed away from acute pancreatitis on 21 May 2024.… Read

Other People’s Thoughts XLV

Other People’s Thoughts is a section in the Journal of the China Heritage site. It is inspired by a compilation of quotations put together by Simon Leys (Pierre Ryckmans), one of our Ancestors, during his reading life.… Read

The Persecution of Teacher Li, who is not your teacher

Xi Jinping’s Empire of Tedium 圍追堵截 Chapter XXII (supplement)   Safeguard Defenders 保護衛士 describes itself as ‘a human rights NGO founded in late 2016 that undertakes and supports local field activities that contribute to the protection of basic rights, promotes the rule of law, and enhances the ability of local civil society and human rights defenders in some of the most hostile environments in Asia.’… Read

Captive Minds & Academic Angst on May Fourth 2024

Xi Jinping’s Empire of Tedium 真偽莫辨   May Fourth 2024 marks the 105th anniversary of student protests in Beijing that have had a profound impact both on the political and cultural life of modern China.… Read

May Fourth at Seventy

人生七十古來稀 Lin Yutang observed that: To live beyond seventy is to be called in Chinese ‘ancient-rare’, because of the Chinese line that ‘it is rare for man to live over seventy since the ancient times’.… Read