From World History Connected, a special issue on re-conceptualizing Asia in world history. From Culture Unbound, a special issue on Shanghai Modern: The Future in Microcosm? A review of Looking for Balance: China, the United States, and Power Balancing in East Asia by Steve Chan. The Vietnam Solution: How a former enemy became a crucial U.S. ally in balancing China’s rise. Spengler on Japan's lost libido and America's asexual future. Anna Brix Thomsen on how the secret of North Korea is within you. China’s Crisis: A family scandal exposes the Communist system. A review of The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers by Richard McGregor. Mongolia is not yet the new Qatar: A country with fragile institutions and a GDP per capita of $3,000 is about to be hosed with billions of dollars. The end of the Asian miracle: The investment guru who coined the term "emerging markets" returns from Asia, finds that the slowdown is real. Jeremy Fernando on how Kim Jong Il’s death did not take place. The first chapter from The Everlasting Empire: The Political Culture of Ancient China and Its Imperial Legacy by Yuri Pines.