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Mao’s legacy defended, and famous swim decoded, for clueless academics-Part 4 of 8 of Ramin Mazaheri’s New China Scholarship

By Jeff J. Brown Pictured above: A picture released by the Chinese official news agency shows some 5,000 Chinese following Chairman Mao Zedong’s example swimming 16 July 1966, in the Yangtze river, near Wuhan, displaying floating portraits of the Great Helmsman and slogans calling for him to live a “10,000 year” life. Crosslinked with: The…

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Our neighbors roared when Russia scored. Dead silence when Croatia hit the net. China Rising Radio Sinoland 180710

By Jeff J. Brown Pictured above: I know, you’re asking, “What does a statue of Charles de Gaulle have to do with Russia, Croatia and the World Cup”? There IS a connection. Read on… Downloadable SoundCloud podcast (also at the bottom of this page), YouTube video, as well as being syndicated on iTunes, Stitcher Radio,…

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Response to fellow writers, who suspect Baba Beijing is “benign despotism”. China Rising Radio Sinoland 180311

By Jeff J. Brown It didn’t happen this time, but every once in a while, email threads among The Greanville Post’s informal writers’/journalists’ collective can turn into a flame thrower fight. That’s when I play fly on the wall. Downloadable SoundCloud podcast (also at the bottom of this page), as well as being syndicated on…

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China’s public Social Credit System versus the West’s secret Panopticon. China Rising Radio Sinoland 180111

By Jeff J. Brown Above: the sobering fact of the matter is, artificial intelligence (AI), big data, deep learning, facial and voice recognition, wall to street surveillance, supercomputers, drones and robots are now a reality facing all of humanity. Right here, right now, and China is racing ahead of the rest of the world to…

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Mao Zedong died this day in 1976. China Rising Radio Sinoland 170909

By Jeff J. Brown Mao Zedong’s death not only shook China, it shook the whole world, since he was 20th century’s most influential world leader. I didn’t say the best, since that is very much an opinion, although 98% of the Chinese would say so. But the most influential, the most important in the 1900s,…

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Why China’s centrally planned, communist economy runs circles around capitalism-China Rising Radio Sinoland 16.3.13

  For millennia, China connected Asia to Europe and the Middle East, via the celebrated Silk Roads. Baba Beijing is now taking this ancient concept of continental connectivity to 21st century heights, and it would all be impossible without China’s centrally planned, communist economy to make it happen. Capitalism could never pull off the Belts…

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Jeff Brown’s soul searching, boundary breaking talk about 44 Days, at the International School of Beijing

On 2014.3.17, Jeff J. Brown, author of 44 Days Backpacking in China, gave a talk at the International School of Beijing Parent-Teacher Association. Sweeping in scope, Jeff’s ISB talk is a deeply personal, soul searching and boundary breaking presentation. It will challenge your notions of the human condition, as he compares the history and current…

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Jeff J. Brown talks about 44 Days at the Bookworm Literary Festival, with Bill Kazer of the Wall Street Journal as moderator

Apologies for the photos being out of focus. The nice lady at the Bookworm didn’t notice she had the camera on manual focus… Better luck next year! Jeff and Bill have a jolly good time during their repartée together. One part of the packed house for the 44 Days book talk. Jeff hamming it up…

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