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Kuora: Commemorating May Fourth, that most underrated of Chinese movements

Arguably one of China’s most important anniversaries is this week: May 4, marking that day in 1919 when thousands…

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Kuora: The origin of ‘baizuo’ (白左) — the Chinese libtard, or ‘white left’

We recently published a piece about Jordan Peterson and China’s “white left.” What exactly is the white left?…

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Kuora: The Opium Wars and China’s Century of National Humiliation

The Opium Wars and the humiliation that the Chinese endured at…

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Kuora: The An Lushan Rebellion and the fall of the Tang

Dynastic struggle is a favorite subject of many China historians and scholars. Kaiser, who has always been a historian…

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Kuora: Genetics and diet: why northern Chinese people are taller than southern Chinese

Northern Chinese are taller than their southern counterparts, but why? That’s the question Kaiser originally answered on…

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Kuora: Mastering Chinese tones with ‘the Dude System’

It’s easy enough explaining the differences in the tones in Mandarin Chinese, but it’s a whole other matter for…

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Kuora: The importance of engaging with China

Pictured: Premier Zhu Rongji with President Bill Clinton. With the Two Sessions set to wrap up, we turn again to…

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Kuora: The bias inherent in American media portrayals of China

Correspondent Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway with…

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Kuora: Why do technocrats dominate China’s political elite?

We’re turning the wayback machine all the way back to 2010 — and to one of Kaiser’s first answers…

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Kuora: Cao Cao was a magnificently cruel bastard

This week, we take our subject from one of Kaiser’s favorite things in the world, The Romance of the Three…

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Kuora: A Valentine’s Week stroll down memory lane

Valentine’s Day is coming up (it’s this Wednesday, guys), so we’re gonna delve into Kaiser’s romantic past with a…

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Kuora: China vs. Rome, and the question of cultural cohesiveness

We return to the subject of history this week, as Kaiser answers a question originally posted on Quora on…

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Kuora: Love and marriage, China style

Love and marriage, despite what the song might tell you, does not always go together like a horse and…

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Kuora: On the idea that China is a civilization, not a nation-state

As a history buff, Kaiser prefers the long view, of looking at how our present is inextricably part of…

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Kuora: China, the U.S., and what it takes to be a superpower

With our future-looking NEXT CHINA conference just three days away — it’s sold out, but you can watch…

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