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Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China’s Push for Global Power

How the Past Helps Shape China’s Push for Global Power By Howard W. French New York: Vintage, 2018 (reprint) 352 pages, ISBN: 978-0804172455, Paperback Reviewed by Robert W. Foster For the past several years, I have traveled in China at the end of September as the country ramps up for National Day on October 1. In the cities, one cannot avoid Xi Jinping’s China Dream campaign, with various attractive posters urging “Chinese spirit, Chinese culture, Chinese forms, Chinese exp...

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Teaching with Kristin Stapleton’s Fact in Fiction: 1920s China and Ba Jin’s Family

Fact in Fiction: 1920s China and Ba Jin’s Family By Kristin Stapleton Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 2016 296 pages, ISBN 978-1503601062, Paperback Historian Lawrence Stone once noted that “a diet of statistics makes a dry and unpalatable meal unless washed down with the wine of human personality.”1 History courses often come alive when personal narratives are assigned. Even so, sometimes those narratives lack the verve to maintain the reader’s interest (ask anyon...