Editor’s note for Tuesday, September 8, 2020

A note from the editor of today's SupChina Access newsletter.

My thoughts today:

“How my mother and I became Chinese propaganda” is a personal essay in the New Yorker by Jiayang Fan that is really worth a read. Pair it with this less tortured piece in the New Yorker by Peter Hessler — How China controlled the coronavirus — and this extremely salty rebuke of Hessler from scholar Geremie Barmé.

A quick takeaway from these three pieces: It is very difficult to write about China these days.

Harbor from the Holocaust is a documentary film that will be screened on PBS tonight at 10 p.m. New York Time and then available for streaming. It’s about the story of around 20,000 Jewish refugees who fled Nazi-occupied Europe during World War II and found refuge in Shanghai.  

A sign of the times: A defunct leftist magazine launched in 1988 and subsequently shut down for its criticism of former president and Communist Party head Jiāng Zémín 江泽民 appears to have been revived, with support from some of China’s leading apologists for the Party’s worst excesses. China Media Project has details.

Our word of the day is outrageously firing warning shots (悍然鸣枪威胁 hànrán míng qiāng wēixié). See our top story for details.

—Jeremy Goldkorn, Editor-in-Chief