The introduction to Ancient Chinese Thought, Modern Chinese Power by Yan Xuetong. How China sees the world: An emerging global power hashes out its foreign policy. Aaron L. Friedberg on hegemony with Chinese characteristics. Vivian Giang and Robert Johnson on 108 giant Chinese infrastructure projects that are reshaping the world. The trouble with Tibet: The Dalai Lama’s democratization project poses a challenge to the United States. A review of Tragedy in Crimson: How the Dalai Lama Conquered the World and Lost the Battle with China by Tim Johnson. An excerpt from The Tree That Bleeds: A Uighur Town on the Edge by Nick Holdstock. Blood, justice and corruption: Why the Chinese love their death penalty. The Chinese city of Wuhan names and shames the badly behaved in local paper. Victor Shih highlights rising inequality, economic irregularity and political heavy-handedness at the heart of modern China. Women in China have long been silenced or sidelined, if they weren’t smothered at birth — but now a booming economy has transformed their lives. How serious is son preference in China? The Big Test: Does China's nerve-racking gaokao college-entrance exam really identify the country's best and brightest, or is it even sillier and more unfair than the SAT? China's young, spoiled kids are rejecting traditional values — but can the state make Mao or Confucius seem relevant again before it's too late? In China, a place where Maoism still reigns. Still haunted by the ghost of Mao: Despite China's prosperity, the People's Republic remains in the grip of the monstrous ideology of its founder. A review of The End of Revolution: China and the Limits of Modernity by Wang Hui. Stephen Roach on ten reasons why China is different.
From the latest issue of The Public Intellectual, it’s the end of men — again: Why do we love to start gender wars during recessions? Because we hate to talk about class; married women who decide to keep their own names don’t really push social buttons anymore, but there’s a limit to society’s tolerance for new conventions for family names, as sociologist Anne Nurse found; Latina, transgender and born again: Lucia Perez, who is transitioning from male to female, looks for a new life; and is (black) beauty still a feminist issue? Imani Perry wants to know. From Nieman Watchdog, how long can NATO keep going in Libya? From Spike, Jonathan Reynolds on the Sokal Hoax, fifteen years later: A philosophical reading of the controversy (and more). Wanted: Economic Savior: The Tim Geithner era is almost over — and his replacement may be the most important appointment Obama ever makes. How technology makes us better social beings: Sociologist Keith Hampton believes technology and social networking affect our lives in some very positive ways. From Swans, here is Part 1 of a three-part series on the 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment, one of the best known psychology experiments ever undertaken. What happened in the basement of the psych building 40 years ago shocked the world — how do the guards, prisoners and researchers in the Stanford Prison Experiment feel about it now? Sense and nonsense in the balanced budget debate: A socialist response. From Sage Insight, an editorial on Murdoch and News of the World – as foretold in the British Journalism Review; and privacy is dead: Time to name and shame professional privacy invaders. Melissa Lafsky on eight truths about weddings (that no one ever tells you). David Leonhardt on why taxes will rise in the end.
Yun Lei, Lin Huang, and Demin Liu (SNU): The Practical Problems and Progress of Western Mainstream Sex Education Models. Douglas Farrow on the blurring of sexual boundaries: Confusing differences with it makes no difference — and consequences. A review of The Anthropology of Sex by Hastings Donnan. Can guys be sexually attracted to other guys and still call themselves "straight"? Jesse Bering is not proud of being gay. In defense of the other woman: A review of All About Love: Anatomy of an Unruly Emotion by Lisa Appignanesi and Mistresses: A History of the Other Woman by Elizabeth Abbott. Is monogamy obsolete? New books challenge our ideas of fidelity. Theoretical polyamory: Deric Shannon and Abbey Volcano on loving, thinking, and queering anarchism. Despite the assumption that every guy has masturbated, is masturbating, or will masturbate, self-pleasure has been getting a bad rap for 3,000 years. Christopher Turner on Wilhelm Reich, the man who invented free love. Many men and women in long-term relationships are unhappy with the frequency they have sex — how can couples re-sync their desires? An excerpt from Sex Life: How Our Sexual Experiences Define Who We Are by Pamela Stephenson Connolly. Why do men take crotch shots? Looking for Someone: Nick Paumgarten on sex, love, and loneliness on the Internet. What does the rapid increase in breast augmentation say about all of us? Revolutionary romance: For Sadie Ryanne polyamory comes down to the idea that one person can’t, and shouldn’t, be expected to provide for all of our (emotional and sexual) needs. Maria Bustillos writes in defense of prudes. What’s missing from the discussion about male sexuality? An interview with Susie Bright, sex-positive feminist. How promiscuous are you? Take an online test and compare to people in other nations.