China Archive

The Connection Between Power and Memory: A Review of The People’s Republic of Amnesia

In "The People's Republic of Amnesia," Louisa Lim explores the power of forgetting for control in China and those who won't let Tiananmen disappear.

How a Woman Modernized China: A Review of Empress Dowager Cixi

Pearl Buck once observed that those who hated the Empress Dowager Cixi were “more articulate than those who loved her.” Jung Chang’s recent biography, Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China, argues that Cixi has long been misunderstood, and her monumental reforms falsely credited to the men who served her or ruled
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