China in 2008,a small review.

China in 2008: A Reflection on a Year of Great Significance, by Kate Merkel-Hess

Chapter 1: Anxieties of a Prosperous Age
NIMBY Comes to China, by Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom
Homeowners’ Protests in Shanghai: An Interview with Benjamin Read, by Angilee Shah
Gilded Age, Gilded Cage, by Leslie T. Chang
Melamine and Milk in Modern China, by Anna Greenspan
Little Emperors or Frail Pragmatists? China’s ’80ers Generation, by Yunxiang Yan

Chapter 2: Tibet
At War with the Utopia of Modernity, by Pankaj Mishra
How to Think About Tibet, by Donald S. Lopez, Jr.
Ballooning Unrest: Tibet, State Violence and the Incredible Lightness of Knowledge, by Charlene Makley

Chapter 3: Meanwhile, Across the Straits…
Readings on Taiwan, by Paul R. Katz

Chapter 4, Nationalism and the Torch
Torching the Relay: An Interview with Geremie Barmé, with questions from Woroni
Chinese protesters extinguish Olympic torch in protest?, from
Why Were Chinese People so Angry about the Attempts to Seize the Torch in the International Torch Relay?, by Susan Brownell

Chapter 5, Earthquake and Recovery
Rumor and the Sichuan Earthquake, by S. A. Smith
Earthquake and the Imperatives of Chinese Mourning, by Donald S. Sutton
Chinese Responses to Disaster: A View from the Qing, by Kathryn Edgerton-Tarpley
China and the Red Cross, by Caroline Reeves
Resistance Is Useful, by Rana Mitter
After the Earthquake: Former students report on the disaster, by Peter Hessler
Letters from Sichuan II, by Peter Hessler

Chapter 6, Shanghai Images in Beijing’s Year
Disappearing Shanghai, by Howard W. French

Chapter 7, Tiananmen Reconsidered
Tiananmen’s Shifting Legacy, by Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom
The Gate of Heavenly Peace-Making, by Pär K. Cassel

Chapter 8, The Road to the Olympics
China’s Olympic Road, by Susan Brownell
The Boycotts of ’08 Revisited, by Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom
How to Talk to Strangers: Beijing’s Advice, by Mary S. Erbaugh
Learning English, Learning Chinese, by David L. Porter

Chapter 9, The Olympics as Spectacle
It’s Right to Party, en Masse, by Haiyan Lee
Where Were China’s Women on 08/08/08?, by Nicole E. Barnes
What Would Mao Think of the Games?, by Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom
The Olympics Around the World, excerpts by Pierre Fuller, David Luesink, Miri Kim, Paola Voci, and Shakhar Rahav
From Lovers to Volunteers: China’s National Anthem, by Liang Luo
Beijing’s Olympic Weather: “Haze,” Blue Skies, and Hot Air, by Alex Pasternack
Beijing’s Olympic Soundscape: Volunteerism, internationalism, heroism and patriotism at the 2008 Games, by Daniel Beekman

Chapter 10, China after the Games
One Bed, Different Dreams: The Beijing Olympics as seen in Tokyo, by James Farrer
China’s Olympic Run, by Pallavi Aiyar

Chapter 11, Follow the Leader
Facing Up to Friendship, by Geremie R. Barmé
Preserving the Premier’s Calligraphy at Beichuan Middle School, by Richard C. Kraus
Boss Hu and the Press, by Nicolai Volland
Hua Guofeng: Remembering a Forgotten Leader, by Jeremiah Jenne

Chapter 12, Things Seen and Unseen
Digital China: Ten Things Worth Knowing about the Chinese Internet, by Kate Merkel-Hess and Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom
The Chinese Press in the Spotlight, by Timothy B. Weston
Finding Trust Online: Tigergate to the Sichuan Earthquakes, by Guobin Yang
Things We’d Rather You Not Say on the Web, Or Anywhere Else, by David Bandurski

Chapter 13, Pop Culture in a Global Age
Kung Fu Panda, Go Home!, by Haiyan Lee
In Defense of Jiang Rong’s Wolf Totem, by Timothy B. Weston
Wolf Totem: Romanticized Essentialization, by Nicole E. Barnes
Wei Cheng: From an Elite Novel to a Popular Metaphor, by Xia Shi
Faking Heaven: It’s All Done with Mirrors, by Timothy S. Oakes

Chapter 14, Reinvented Traditions
The Global Rebranding of Confucius, by Julia K. Murray
China: Democracy, or Confucianism?, by Xujun Eberlein

Chapter 15, China and the U.S.
A Nation of Outlaws, by Stephen Mihm
Democracy or Bust: Why our Knowledge about What the Chinese Lack is Really No Knowledge at All, by David L. Porter
Follow the Money: A Tale of Two Economies, by Kenneth L. Pomeranz
Yellow Peril Consumerism: China, North America, and an Era of Global Trade, by Amy Hanser

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Silencing India Factors escalates SriLankan war over Tamils hottest reviews


“Silencing the Indian factor” was a “tower of strength” for advancing troops to accomplish their task of marching into the Tamil Tiger rebels’ “politico-administrative capital” of Kilinochchi in Sri Lanka’s north, a media report said here on Friday.

Ranil Wijayapala in his weekly defence column in the state-run Daily News said it was significant that “all cries by the Tamil Nadu politicians went silent soon after the visit of Senior Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa’s visit to India”.

He said many Tamil Nadu politicians, including its Chief Minister K. Karunanidhi, “have changed their stance” regarding Sri Lanka following the visit by Rajapaksa to brief the Indian government “on the present status of the Tamil civilians entrapped in Wanni and the steps taken by the government to fulfil their basic needs”.

“The silencing of the Indian factor after effectively convincing them of the true picture of the Sri Lankan situation, though the situation had no major effect on the military operations conducted by the security forces, was a tower of strength for the troops now engaged in the military operations in Wanni since there was an ambiguity on their part about the future of the military operations,” Wijayapala said in his column.

He said that the entire international community has understood the fact that the campaigns by Tamil Nadu politicians sympathetic to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) “was one of the last options tried by the LTTE to stop their humiliating defeat in face of the military thrust on them in Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu”.


Sri Lankan Civil War
Date July 1983 – present
Location Sri Lanka
Status Ongoing
Sri Lanka
Indian Peace Keeping Force (1987–90)
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
Junius Richard Jayawardene (1983–89)
Ranasinghe Premadasa (1989–93) 
Dingiri Banda Wijetunge (1993–94)
Chandrika Kumaratunga (1994–2005)
Mahinda Rajapaksa (2005– present)
Velupillai Prabhakaran (1983– present)
78,000 7,000
Casualties and losses
17,066 SLA soldiers killed as of 2001
1,500 IPKF soldiers killed;
1,000 Sri Lankan police killed;
2,617 SLA soldiers killed after 2001
Total: 22,183
19,877 Tigers killed as of 2007
30,000 civilians killed

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$50-billion debt shadow over rupee

As much as $50.46 billion of external debt —- equivalent to nearly a quarter of India’s forex reserves —- is due to mature over the next 8 months.

That potential outflow could add immense pressure on the already hammered rupee in the short term, experts said.

But the $273.88 billion of foreign exchange reserves could act as a buffer, and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) could use it to facilitate the process of repayments, they said.

Data released by RBI in June this year show $43.66 billion of short-term debt maturing by June 2009.

Short-term debt is predominantly trade credit, including buyer’s credit, or guarantees given by foreign banks to their Indian counterparts and used by Indian importers and exporters.

Additionally, commercial borrowings (ECBs and foreign currency convertible bonds) worth $6.8 billion will also mature by June next.

Economists said in normal times, a majority of these debts would get rolled over.
But these are abnormal times, so there is a risk foreign banks won’t roll over the credit limits and Indian banks will have to pay up.

Noted forex expert A V Rajwade said RBI will have to provide rupee liquidity to banks and also supply dollars to the foreign exchange market over the next few months to facilitate settlements.

“The $43.66 billion in short-term debt maturities is understated. RBI will have to provide support worth $70 billion or Rs 300,000 crore,” he told DNA Money.
This would require a massive restructuring of RBI’s overall assets as forex holdings would go down by that amount and there would be a corresponding increase in rupee assets, he said.

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