Our Top Ten Most Read Essays2 min read

The China Channel is entering its second year with a reminder of our top posts

The Los Angeles Review of Books China Channel launched a little under a year ago, on September 25th 2017 – the anniversary of the birth of Lu Xun, whose iconoclasm and cultural interests we celebrated and identified with. Since then, we have published 215 posts, with praise from various quarters and top monthly readers in the tens of thousands. We’re taking September and the beginning of the new school year as our premature anniversary, to announce that we have continued funding from the Henry Luce Foundation, with additional support from the US-China Long Institute at UC Irvine, for another year of operations.

Thank you for reading us, and below are the top ten most read essays on the China Channel from the last year. We look forward to the year ahead, and have some wonderful reviews, essays and more lined up, after a week’s break to mark the end of summer.

The Editors
  1. How Britain’s First Mission to China Went Wrong by Stephen R. Platt
Why the Macartney mission went awry
  1. Double Dissidents by Xiaoyu Lu
The cognitive dissonance of overseas Chinese students
  1. Can the Chinese Communist Party Learn from Chinese Emperors? by Yuhua Wang
Lessons from history for Xi Jinping
  1. Why Xi Jinping’s China is Legalist, Not Confucian by Sam Crane
The philosophical basis of China’s “New Era”
  1. Something in the Air by Geremie Barmé
A Maoist education, and Tiananmen remembered
  1. Missing Lei Feng by Andrea Worden
My life with Mao’s good soldier
  1. Nine Tones of Hell by Rosalyn Shih
How to be toneful in Cantonese
  1. The Sincere Indignation of Simon Leys by Josh Freedman
Philippe Paquet’s biography of the iconoclastic sinologist
  1. Policing the Contour Lines by Louisa Lim
China’s cartographic obsession
  1. Au Revoir to the Astor by Paul French
Bidding farewell to one of Shanghai’s iconic hotels