One of those terrifying things you assume only happen to other people, but I momentarily encounter the phenomenon apparently known as ‘pressure [at least by my delicate standards] of work’. It’ll pass. Meanwhile some reading…
An FT piece on how the Chinese party-state is rewriting history, indeed, making parts of it disappear. It draws on this paper, ‘Peering Down the Memory Hole’ – scroll to Fig 3, p7 for an example of how censors are removing evidence of 1950s-era debates about the Mainland legal system and such concepts as an independent judiciary. (What debates?)
And here’s Google Books’ copy of the Routledge Handbook of the Chinese Communist Party, edited by Willy Wo-Lap Lam, published just days ago. You can read some interesting parts here – notably Lam’s introduction – and of course order the whole thing. Also, while evil Western ideas are still allowed in Hong Kong universities, here’s a visiting academic’s reading list for a Lingnan U course on contemporary China.
A shop in Central – is this a sign of the times?