Author Archives: Anastas Vangeli

First few weeks as a laowai

I have utterly failed in terms of my blog-revival challenge. After the enthusiastic start I stopped posting somewhere in mid-August. The reason: moving to Beijing. I said goodbye to Macedonia in the best possible way. Couple of days before my

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First few weeks as a laowai

I have utterly failed in terms of my blog-revival challenge. After the enthusiastic start I stopped posting somewhere in mid-August. The reason: moving to Beijing. I said goodbye to Macedonia in the best possible way. Couple of days before my

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Is the Beijing basketbrawl a precusor to something serious? Not really.

An ugly event occurred the other night in Beijing. A friendly basketball match between the Georgetown Hoyas and the Shanghai Bayi Rockets ended in a melee and an early end to the game. The Internet is flooded with reports and

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Is the Beijing basketbrawl a precusor to something serious? Not really.

An ugly event occurred the other night in Beijing. A friendly basketball match between the Georgetown Hoyas and the Shanghai Bayi Rockets ended in a melee and an early end to the game. The Internet is flooded with reports and

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In praise of Rogers Brubaker

There are some authors that simply make a change in the field of their work. Such is the fate of Rogers Brubaker, probably the most influential contemporary theorist of nationalism, ethnicity, belonging and related matters. The changes he has instigated

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In praise of Rogers Brubaker

There are some authors that simply make a change in the field of their work. Such is the fate of Rogers Brubaker, probably the most influential contemporary theorist of nationalism, ethnicity, belonging and related matters. The changes he has instigated

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How much of the sky do Chinese women hold?

“Women Hold Up Half the Sky” is a Chinese proverb, a reminder that women are crucial for the development of society. Allegedly, one of Mao’s favorites. China of today remains a male-dominated society, yet, women have an ever-increasing role in

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How much of the sky do Chinese women hold?

“Women Hold Up Half the Sky” is a Chinese proverb, a reminder that women are crucial for the development of society. Allegedly, one of Mao’s favorites. China of today remains a male-dominated society, yet, women have an ever-increasing role in

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Surplus men

There is an ongoing debate, in China and elsewhere, about sex-selective abortion, its justification and its consequences. Sex-selective abortion is the practice of ending pregnancy contingent on the revealing of the sex of the fetus, as parents have strong preferences

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Surplus men

There is an ongoing debate, in China and elsewhere, about sex-selective abortion, its justification and its consequences. Sex-selective abortion is the practice of ending pregnancy contingent on the revealing of the sex of the fetus, as parents have strong preferences

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Bad news: Croatia appropriates Marco Polo. Good news: he might have not even been to China.

Finally, another bizarre symbolic conflict over historical figures. After having devoted a great deal of my time examining the Greco-Macedonian conflict over the narratives of ancient Macedonian origin, and the copyrights to the legacy of Alexander the Great [MA thesis,

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Bad news: Croatia appropriates Marco Polo. Good news: he might have not even been to China.

Finally, another bizarre symbolic conflict over historical figures. After having devoted a great deal of my time examining the Greco-Macedonian conflict over the narratives of ancient Macedonian origin, and the copyrights to the legacy of Alexander the Great [MA thesis,

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Enter the CPC: of names, meanings and roles

Shortly after posting the entry on China’s Grand strategy, which partially drew upon an article on the longitudinal transformations of the ideology of the Communist Party of China [CPC], I came across one article that greatly complements what I had

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Enter the CPC: of names, meanings and roles

Shortly after posting the entry on China’s Grand strategy, which partially drew upon an article on the longitudinal transformations of the ideology of the Communist Party of China [CPC], I came across one article that greatly complements what I had

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On China’s Grand Strategy and how to make China a harmonious society

This entry comes after I read three extraordinary pieces on the prospects of China and its Grand Strategy, published in three separate forums last week. Frank Ching at The Diplomat writes on fluid ideology of the Communist Party of China

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On China’s Grand Strategy and how to make China a harmonious society

This entry comes after I read three extraordinary pieces on the prospects of China and its Grand Strategy, published in three separate forums last week. Frank Ching at The Diplomat writes on fluid ideology of the Communist Party of China

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Gender Issues for Men

Today I stumbled upon a USAID paper titled The Other Side of the Gender Equation: Gender Issues for Men in the Europe and Eurasia Region [PDF]. As the title suggests itself, the paper is a response to the tendency that

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Gender Issues for Men

Today I stumbled upon a USAID paper titled The Other Side of the Gender Equation: Gender Issues for Men in the Europe and Eurasia Region [PDF]. As the title suggests itself, the paper is a response to the tendency that

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Guerrilla research: Enrich your home library collections

Disclaimer: the responsibility for your actions is solely yours. Leeching academic papers is a punishable crime. Doing research in a small and poor country is quite a challenge. For the most part, it is not having access to relevant literature,

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Guerrilla research: Enrich your home library collections

Disclaimer: the responsibility for your actions is solely yours. Leeching academic papers is a punishable crime. Doing research in a small and poor country is quite a challenge. For the most part, it is not having access to relevant literature,

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