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Trains and Corruption in China, Part II

Posted by: Laney Zhang

We do not ride on the railroad; it rides upon us. — Henry David Thoreau, Walden (1854). In 2011, I wrote a guest post on the topic of trains and corruption when China‘s then Minister of Railways, Mr. Liu Zhijun, was removed from office for taking bribes relating to rail construction projects, in particular the …

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Author

Posted by: Laney Zhang

“Each of us has a crouching tiger deep in the heart.” This is what internationally-acclaimed Taiwanese director Ang Lee told a Chinese journalist, Chai Jing, in a recent interview about his latest film, Life of Pi.  The crouching tiger is Lee’s metaphor for the inner power driving him in his continuous efforts to try “thrilling” …