Tag Archives: China

Book Review: The Candidate

The Candidate:  A Newsmakers Novel, by Liz Wiehl with Sebastian Stuart [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by BookLook/Thomas Nelson Publishing.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] This book manages to do what might seem impossible, find … Continue reading

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Book Review: Firefly Role-Playing Game

Firefly Role-Playing Game, Gaming In The ‘Verse:  Core Book, by Monica Valentinelli, Mark Diaz Truman, Brendan Conway, Dean Gilbert, and Jack Norris For those browncoats who are sufficiently passionate about the world of Firefly [1] that they are willing to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Mastering The Art Of War

Mastering The Art Of War:  Zhuge Liang’s and Liu Ji’s commentaries on the classic by Sun Tzu, translated and edited by Thomas Cleary Although this is a short book, and likely a very obscure one, this book is a worthwhile … Continue reading

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I Came Not To Bring Peace, But A Sword: Some Thoughts On China’s Rise

[Note: This post was written for an online class on China’s Rise, and was supposed to be around 500 words. Without such space limitations I would have gone into far greater detail, but I thought it worthwhile to share my … Continue reading

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Laogai Archipelago

Although it is hard to acknowledge the lives of all who are worthy of being remembered for one reason or another [1], at times a life ends that is so striking that it requires notice. Such was the life of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Solutions: 2016

Solutions: 2016, by The Heritage Foundation [Note: I received this book freely from The Heritage Foundation, without obligation to post a review on it.] As a fairly wonkish person of generally conservative political inclinations, this wonkish book from conservative think-tank … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Rape Of Nanking

The Rape Of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust Of World War II, by Iris Chang It is immensely shocking that this book, which was published in 1997, and which I acquired as part of the books on discount at a Portland-area … Continue reading

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Your Stay On The Mainland Will Likely Be Of Some Duration

A few days ago, I happened to see an online article that discussed a series of disappearances connected to a small independent bookstore in Hong Kong that dealt in books of a sensitive political nature that are banned on the … Continue reading

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Pick A Star On The Dark Horizon, And Follow The Light

This morning, after scraping the ice off of my car windows well enough so that I could see where I was driving, I was reminded of the tendency of weathermen to be somewhat alarmist in their predictions, while attempting to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Unorthodox Strategies For The Everyday Warrior

Unorthodox Strategies For The Everyday Warrior: Ancient Wisdom For The Modern Competitor, translated by Ralph D. Sawyer Ralph Sawyer is a noted translator of Chinese texts, so much so that I have encountered his works multiple times in my studies … Continue reading

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