New on the site, four rousing essays on the subject of education.
Gan Yang and Liu Xiaofeng offer a withering condemnation of Beida’s 2014 plans to launch the English-language only Yenching Academy, in “The Cultural Positioning and Self-Betrayal of Peking University”
Tsinghua Political Scientist Liu Yu denounces China’s “educational arms race” in “My Daughter is Inexorably Becoming an Ordinary Person”
Social Anthropologist Xiang Biao talks about his experiences as a student at Beida in the early 1990s in excerpts from his book Self as Method.
The Taiwanese Sociologist Zhao Gang discusses “radicalism and violence” among youth in Taiwan and Hong Kong in “Why is this Generation of Young People so Easily Tricked?” N. B. I did not choose this text because I agree with it.
I might mention that I was a recent guest on the Chinese Whispers Podcast, hosted by The Spectator in the U.K. Even if you have heard enough of me, I highly recommend the podcast. Cindy Yu, the journalist who runs it, asks excellent questions and gives her guests the chance to answer them.
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