Women and jewlery

Here is a great picture of Madame Chiang Kai-shek via Getty it’s an interesting picture,  at least for me, since it ties in with a couple of interesting things. One, it’s from an Indian woman, and very little has been done with GMD attempts to connect with Indian nationalists during the war, although they were […]

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Understanding China

Understanding China through Comics Volume 4 is out! As I have reviewed the other volumes, I  was sent a free copy of this one. This volume deals with the Ming and Qing, and like earlier volumes it is both good and interesting. The purpose of the volumes is to explain all the things that need […]

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Pictures of Japan

Do you teach about Japan? If so you might want to check out the Toshidma Gallery. Teaching is always better with pictures, and if you do Japan you are probably always on the lookout for good pictures of things like the Kanko-Maru Japan’s first steam warship.  (formerly the Dutch Soembing Or a picture of the […]

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Boxers and Saints

I did a class that focused on the Boxers last semester, and one of the things I talked about was Gene Luen Yang’s Boxers and Saints. This is a two volume graphic novel that looks at the Boxer event. How good is it? Well he has done his research. Cohen’s History in Three Keys was […]

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China in Cartoons II

The second volume of Understanding China Through Comics is out.1 I ‘reviewed‘ the first volume and concluded that Jing Liu is no Larry Gonick, but it’s not bad. My short review of the new volume is that he is still no Larry Gonick, but this volume is even better than the first one, and you should […]

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Seek Truth from Farts

My passing comment on Alan’s Seek Truth from Facts mentioned that I once saw “Seek Truth From Farts.” Maybe it was a misprint, maybe a comment. Then I ran across a posting on the Harvard-Yenching Facebook which linked to a Waseda University collection of Japanese painting.    

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