China is building a brand

James G. McGann (Penn): Chinese Think Tanks, Policy Advice and Global Governance. Few in the West are aware of the drama unfolding in today’s “epicenter of global labor unrest”; a scholar of China exposes its tumultuous labor politics and their lessons for the Left. Totalitarianism, famine and us: A review essay by Samuel Moyn on China. Does Alexis de Tocqueville have anything to say to the current generation of Chinese leaders? The introduction (by Daniel A. Bell) to A Confucian Constitutional Order: How China's Ancient Past Can Shape Its Political Future by Jiang Qing. Copycat cities: The People's Republic is building life-size European villages, but not for the reasons you think. China is building a brand new green city from scratch: Chengdu Tianfu District Great City is supposed to be a prototype that can be replicated elsewhere throughout China. Bang Shin reviews Ghetto at the Center of the World: Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong by Gordon Mathews. Red China's rise of rock 'n' roll: Mao's Cultural Revolution tuned out rock to the masses, but its popularity is now striking a chord in communist China. Luke McDonagh reviews How China Became Capitalist by Ronald Coase and Ning Wang. Evan Osnos on the top ten myths about China in 2012.