Francis Fukuyama and identity

While I was compiling a list of my favorite books of the year, I realized that I needed a separate blog post to discuss Francis Fukuyama’s new book, Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Recognition.  My interest in Francis Fukuyama originally came from his debate with Shanghai-based Fudan University professor Zhang Weiwei, a prominent…

Don’t reinvent the wheel

Earlier this month, a Beijing-based web browser startup named Redcore — which claimed to be 100%-China-developed and which targeted government customers — raised $36 million in funding. But internet users found out that ironically, not only was this startup that asserted to have “broken the American monopoly” not fully powered by Chinese technologies, it was,…

Chinese carrier deliberately censors content in the US? Stop the witch-hunt.

On July 4, The Washington Post published an op-ed headlined “China’s biggest cellphone company censors content — even in the United States,” revealing that users of China Mobile — a Chinese state-owned telecoms carrier — are unable to access websites banned in China while roaming in the US. The article characterizes the case as evidence…