Monthly Archives: January 2022

2022: Chinese Law Prof’s Lament and Encouragement

Tsinghua University Law Professor Lao Dongyan‘s article combines lamentations about the current trends in society and legal practice with a determination to keep up the fight for what seems the ever-more-distant goal of the rule of law in China. Professor … Continue reading

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Kong Lingping II: My Days of Being Struggled Against and the Perversion of the Human Spirit

This is part two of my translation of Kong Lingping’s rightist memoir Blood Chronicle. Here Kong Lingping, a student in mechanical engineering at Chongqing University when the Anti-Rightist Campaign began, is persecuted because of his family background — his parents … Continue reading

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1957:Seeking Teachers and Friends Among Non-Party Members

This opinion piece appeared on page two of the May 12, 1957 issue of People’s Daily just as the Hundred Flowers Campaign was beginning. If you had read this article or heard about it in those days would you have … Continue reading

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Cultural Revolution Jokebook

An early 1980s Cultural Revolution Jokebook gives some insights into how the Cultural Revolution was allowed to be presented at that time. The focus was narrowed to some designated baddies — the “Gang of Four”. No Joking Matter but… Better … Continue reading

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China State Post Bureau Cautions Against Foreign Mail, Imports as Possible Source of Covid-19 Contagion

Aiming to bring domestic transmission of COVID-19 from scatter cases to zero, China is taking measures of the potential but as yet unconfirmed possibility that imports and mail delivery could result in new COVID-19 cases in China. A July 2021 … Continue reading

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A PLA Perspective on Civil Service Compensation and Military Retirement Options

Anonymous articles, apparently written from the perspective of a serving PLA officer on changes in the PRC civil service system, especially outside the capital, where the local authorities have the authority to set additional bonuses that can be set for … Continue reading

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2022 PRC Civil Service Township Pay Scales, Subidies and Benefits

Pension and social insurance reforms may reduce takehome pay somewhat. I just saw articles about 2022 PRC pay for local officials and for PLA.  For both, some subsidies are being rolled into base pay with the subsidies abolished.  Take home … Continue reading

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2022 PLA Pay Increase

  2022 PLA Pay Increase  Latest News 2022军人涨工资吗?2022军人涨工资最新消息 Zhicheng Finance 至诚财经 2022-01-07 14:52 [monthly pay in RMB Chinese yuan]   Will military wages go up in 2022? By how much? The new standard, the implementation of the annual “New Year’s Day, Spring … Continue reading

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PRC: Massive Disinfection of Domestic and Foreign Mail

As China struggles to eliminate and prevent coronvirus infections to stay close to or at zero infections, it seems that even the low probability chance of infection by mail is important. From what I read on the Internet (well sources … Continue reading

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520 BCE: Ancient Chinese on the Roots of Democracy in China

Translation of a passage from the Spring and Autumn Annals. The word I translate as school can also mean the village meeting place; it probably served both purposes. I started with the translation into modern Chinese with notes and commentary … Continue reading

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