Sheena Chestnut Greitens (Brookings): U.S.-China Relations and America’s Alliances in Asia. Richard C. Bush (Brookings): United States Policy towards Northeast Asia. Zheng Wang (Seton Hall): The Diaoyu/Senkaku Dispute as an Identity-Based Conflict: Toward Sino-Japan Reconciliation. Luke McDonagh reviews China or Japan: Which Will Lead Asia? by Claude Meyer. Alexandra Harney on Japan's silver democracy and the costs of letting the elderly rule politics. Hikikomori: Why are so many Japanese men refusing to leave their rooms? Max Fox on an infantile disorder: If jobs mean maturity, not everyone gets to grow up. Isaac Chotiner on religion and the Japanese suicide epidemic. Aleksandra Majstorac-Kobiljski reviews The Boundaries of the Interesting: Itineraries, Guidebooks, and Travel in Imperial Japan by Kate L. McDonald. Stefano Calzati on power and representation in Anglo-American travel blogs and travel books about China. Ruth Morris on why China loves to build copycat towns. “It’s not fair if you don’t let us cheat”: Nick Holdstock on how in China some schools are going to extreme lengths to prevent cheating on the gao kao, the national college entrance examinations. A review of For a Song and a Hundred Songs: A Poet’s Journey Through a Chinese Prison by Liao Yiwu. Zeng Chengjie, China's Bernie Madoff, was executed for fraud — and nobody told his family.
Serguei Alex Oushakine (Princeton): Postcolonial Estrangements: Claiming a Space between Stalin and Hitler. From The Medieval Review, Kathleen G. Cushing reviews The Criminalization of Abortion in the West: Its Origins in Medieval Law by Wolfgang P. Muller. A guide to anti-choice concern: Opponents of abortion rights often make the same misleading arguments — here's why they're wrong. George Dyson on the NSA and the decision problem: The ultimate goal of signals intelligence and analysis is to learn not only what is being said, and what is being done, but what is being thought. Dylan Matthews on how insider trading enriches and informs us, and could prevent scandals — legalize it. David Weigel writes in defense of "Groundswell", the secret conservative messaging group. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg reacts to epidemic of voter suppression laws: Told ya so. There is a booming market for self-improvement guides among Americans eager to redeem themselves from the sins of sloth, gluttony, or general discontent — but what qualifies one person to tell another how best to live? From The Awl, Rhys Southan on how to argue with a vegan. Historian Jonathan Israel's magisterial three-volume history of the Radical Enlightenment is the intellectual version of a JCB, ripping up the terrain around him; Kenan Malik follows him down the dark alleys of the Age of Reason. Sunetra Gupta on pandemics: Are we all doomed?
A new issue of Digital Culture and Education is out. Cory Doctorow on how teaching computers shows us how little we understand about ourselves. After the personal computer: Companies built on PCs are adapting to a changed world. Antonio Regalado interviews Stephen Wolfram on why he thinks your life should be measured, analyzed, and improved. From Mobilizing Ideas, Ethan Zuckerman on the multifaceted hacker; Alexander Halavais on everyday hacking; and Stephane Leman-Langlois on hacking for all. A chat with some immoral hackers who don't care about your feelings. We need a Nuremberg Code for Big Data: The world of social-engineering surveillance is growing rapidly. Nathan Newman on why Google's spying on user data is worse than the NSA's. Cade Metz on Melody Meckfessel, the woman at the heart of everything Google builds. Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus on the myth of the lone inventor: Tesla CEO Elon Musk is wrong to oppose government subsidies — after all, he benefitted from them. Automation Anxiety: The automation crisis of the 1960s created a surge of alarm over technology’s job-killing effects — there is a lot we can learn from it. Digital Proletariat: Michael Pepi on the spectacle of the “Internet” and labor's dispossession. Barry C. Lynn on why the answer to America’s techno-malaise is to force big corporations to compete more — and to open their patent vaults. We think we’ve arrived, but today is only a glimpse of our digital future. George Dvorsky on 10 mindblowingly futuristic technologies that will appear by the 2030s.