Ai Weiwei on Art, Activism and Human Rights

An Interview with Ai Weiwei by Zeng Jinyan Ai Weiwei 艾未未 is renowned for making strong aesthetic statements that resonate with timely phenomena across today’s geopolitical world. From architecture to installations, social media to documentaries, Ai uses a wide range of mediums as expressions of new ways for his audiences to examine society and its … more

Wang Gungwu 王赓武 on Living Chinese History

In his recent work, the renowned historian Wang Gungwu 王赓武 has from various angles discussed ideas about Chinese civilisation, holistic Chinese approaches to understanding the country’s place in global affairs and the world order in the twenty-first century. Grounded in his profound scholarship on China, South-east Asia and enriched by his capacious understanding of world … more

Carl Schmitt in China

The ideas of Carl Schmitt (1888-1985), a man known as ‘the crown jurist of the Third Reich’, have enjoyed enormous currency among mainland Chinese scholars since the 2000s. The role of prominent academics such as Liu Xiaofeng 刘小枫, Gan Yang 甘阳 and Wang Shaoguang 王绍光 in promoting Schmitt’s ideas, and the fact that his theories on the … more

Hong Kong: China’s Other

It is over a year since a mass political protest movement broke out in Hong Kong and, for a time, overwhelmed the business and government centres of that Special Administrative Region of China. As repression of the movement and its legacies continues in fits and starts, two scholars, Li Zhiyu and Mark McConaghy, reflect on … more

Everything Old is New Again: some Confucian websites

This year, 2015, marks a century since a clutch of Chinese public figures, politicians and thinkers discombobulated by the collapse of the dynastic system in 1912 and the end of two millennia of state Confucianism promoted the establishment of Confucianism as modern China’s national religion. The following sites promote Confucian thought, education, culture and ethics … more

The Last Refuge of the Patriot: a list of websites

In the afterglow of the 3 September mass martial display in Beijing (see ‘Parading the People’s Republic‘), we thought readers might be interested in maintaining an understanding of mainland Chinese (and global Chinese) patriotic fervour. To that end, our colleague Xia Keyu at Danwei has compiled the following list of pro-patria, pro-party websites. — The Editors _______________ Patriots Site … more