Category Archives: China and the Han

Explaining China, Part IV: A Response to “War with China” Hysteria

[Note: the “Explaining China” series began here, and the source for the map above is given there as well.] A persistent worry in the Western world, particularly among the political right, concerns a supposedly-coming-soon war with China, as if China … Continue reading

Posted in China and the Han, History, Life, Politics | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Explaining China, Part III: Basic International Etiquette Involving the Chinese, as well as their Korean and Japanese “Neighbors,” and Americans

  Multiple East Asian nations are discussed in this post, the third of a series which began here, and is usually focused only on China, and the Han Chinese. Those nations are The People’s Republic of China (the PRC); Taiwan, … Continue reading

Posted in China and the Han, History, Life, Politics | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Explaining China, Part II: What Do I Know, About China, and How Did I Learn It?

In the map above, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is shown in red, while the Republic of China (ROC) is shown in yellow. “Barbarian” nations (from the point of view of the Han, or the ethnic group we call … Continue reading

Posted in China and the Han, Education, Geography, History, Life, Mysteries, Politics | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Explaining China, Part I: The Scope of This Series, Which Includes the PRC, the ROC, the Han, and Greater China

I’m bringing a new topic to my blog. I’m going to attempt to explain things about China, the largest nation in which the Han (that’s the way to write, in English, the Chinese name for the Chinese people, as an … Continue reading

Posted in China and the Han, Geography, History, Life, Mysteries, Politics | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Is This What’s Going On? A Set of Questions of Global Concern.

I have a set of conjectures, and want input from my friends and blog-followers about them. How much of this has actually happened over the past months, weeks, and days?   1. The Chinese have been buying huge amounts of … Continue reading

Posted in China and the Han, Geography, History, Life, Mysteries, Politics, Science and Scientists | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

June 4, 1989: An Ugly Day in History

If you’re old enough, you remember this iconic image, from June 4, 1989 — twenty-six years ago today. If you don’t know what happened 26 years ago in Tiananmen Square, here’s a link to Wikipedia’s article describing the vicious crackdown … Continue reading

Posted in China and the Han, History, Life, Politics | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

“You Majored in WHAT?”

I’m in my twentieth year of teaching mostly science and mathematics, so it is understandable that most people are surprised to learn that I majored in, of all things, history. It’s true. I focused on Western Europe, especially modern France, … Continue reading

Posted in China and the Han, Education, History, Life, Mathematics, Mysteries, Science and Scientists | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments