Category Archives: China

The Nanking Massacre: Iris Chang’s legacy

The late Iris Chang, author of the best selling book The Rape of Nanking, is the subject of a compelling new biography by her mother Ying-Ying Chang. (This commentary was first published at the ¬†website of the Atlantic Monthly.) Hints … Continue reading

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Chalmers Johnson: The passing of a true scholar

In a field known for fractiousness, Chalmers Johnson spoke with unique authority. Today we received the sad news that Chalmers Johnson, America’s greatest Japan scholar, has passed on. Although late in life he achieved considerable fame for his critique of … Continue reading

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Appearance on BBC World

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A reviewer who has read the book

The American radio industry’s top liberal talk show host has had some nice things to say about my book on China. That’s flattering. What’s even more flattering is that he has read the book. Really read it, that is. One … Continue reading

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A message for the Times: Justice delayed is justice denied

The New York Times prides itself on its uniquely high standards of accuracy and fairness. So why did its overseas edition take so long to correct the record when I was misrepresented a year ago? For nearly a year I … Continue reading

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Reactions to my Chang/Kamen review

My review of Paula Kamen’s recent biography of Iris Chang was posted at CounterPunch.org just two days ago. Reader reaction has been fast and sometimes furious. Judging by the scale and tone of responses to my review of Paula Kamen’s … Continue reading

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What the persecution of the Falun Gong tells us about New China

Even if the globalist-minded American press would prefer not to notice, the Beijing authorities continue to persecute the Falun Gong. Yet the movement’s only known “offense” is that it is not controlled by the Communist Party. Sometimes it takes a … Continue reading

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Iris Chang: Elegy for a brave writer

Iris Chang was a Chinese-American author and historian who took her own life in 2004. As Paula Kamen recounts in a new biography, Chang had challenged the establishments of two of the world’s most powerful nations. [This review was first … Continue reading

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Pursuing prosperity: Address to the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences

This is the abstract of a keynote address delivered I made at a conference organized by the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences in Kiev on November 13, 2008. One of my most vivid childhood memories was watching Sputnik streak across the … Continue reading

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Fingleton vs. China: The empire strikes back

East Asian officials don’t take it lying down when a foreign correspondent investigates their guilty secrets. Below is an article I wrote for the International Herald Tribune‘s editorial page on the seventieth anniversary of the Nanking Massacre. The article noted … Continue reading

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