Comparativist Posts

America Politics

To see the South China Sea tensions from where I sit, an emerging regional power is flexing its muscles by making increasingly bold gestures over dubious territorial claims. Those muscles…

Read More Red Dawn at Malacañang?: Duterte, China, and the South China Sea

China Philippines Places

I’ve just returned from a week-long trip to Chengdu for a final consultation with an NGO operated by a friend who I first met during my M.Ed research in the…

Read More The Evolving Role of NGOs in China

Asia China Development Politics

I’ve been struggling to make sense of what I see as the central contradiction of the ‘Xi’s Era’ – his focus, if not obsession, with ideology and ideological discipline. Let…

Read More On Xi Jinping, Ideology, and Hong Kong

China Politics The Anti-Cosmopolitan Moment Umbrella Movement

Where to begin? Maybe with the end of the night – which was now 7 am – sitting outside McDonalds about a mile from the ongoing riot. Sitting with a…

Read More Letter from a Fishball Riot

Politics The Anti-Cosmopolitan Moment Umbrella Movement

Let me start by saying that we don’t know a lot about what happened. Of course, I am appalled as everyone else with a moral conscious about the kidnappings. But…

Read More My Theory on the Hong Kong Abductions


This is Part IV of Hong Kong and the Anti-Cosmopolitan Moment, a response to Ivan Krastev’s Why Did the ‘Twitter Revolutions’ Fail?  Where Krastev is weakest is explaining the origins of…

Read More Part IV: Reframing the ‘Twitter Revolutions’

The Anti-Cosmopolitan Moment Umbrella Movement