Comparativist Posts

Much has been written about the comments, guidance, and threats from official (and unofficial) government leaders about how teachers and schools should deal with the ‘threat’ of independence activism in…

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China Education Umbrella Movement

I have half-jokingly considered myself a political refugee from the United States and as such I am no stranger to problems my home country faces. Half-jokingly, I sent an e-mail…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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