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New Book: <em>The Chinese Must Go: Violence, Exclusion, and the Making of the Alien in America</em>, by Beth Lew-Williams

New Book: The Chinese Must Go: Violence, Exclusion, and the Making of the Alien in America, by Beth Lew-Williams

The Chinese Must Go: Violence, Exclusion, and the Making of the Alien in America, by Beth Lew-Williams. Harvard University Press 2018. ISBN 9780674976016 The American West erupted in anti-Chinese violence in 1885. Following the massacre of Chinese miners in Wyoming Territory, communities throughout California and the Pacific Northwest harassed, assaulted, and expelled thousands of Chinese immigrants. Beth Lew-Williams shows how American immigration policies incited this violence and how the violence, in turn, provoked new exclusionary policies. Ultimately, Lew-Williams argues, Chinese expulsion and exclusion produced the concept of the “alien” in modern America. The Chinese Must Go begins in the 1850s,…

“That’s capitalism for you.”

“That’s capitalism for you.”

很多人(上至 Bill Gates,下至在下)喜欢阅读《经济学家》杂志,不是没有缘由的。比如这篇针对《剑桥资本主义史》(The Cambridge History of Capitalism)的短评,开头结尾都写得有声有色: ECONOMICS publishing has recently undergone a great democratisation. High-quality academic writing was once confined to a handful of journals, mostly accessible in academic libraries. The journals still exist, but mostly serve to influence university hiring decisions. Writing has overwhelmingly gone online, where ambitious academics release free working papers, plug them on Twitter, and watch the discussion unfold. Though this democratisation has critics, it has vastly expanded the audience for economics writing. This, in turn, may prime the market for another throwback: the authoritative collection of essays. For readers whose interest has been piqued…

Julian Assange: History Will Win.

Julian Assange: History Will Win.

阿桑奇说:“历史将会胜利。”只能这么期待,不然就万劫不复了。其实这对美国未必全然是一件坏事(波斯纳新近在《新共和》上发表的短文就提到,泄密“maybe benefits”),因为政客从来不为人民服务,反而可能成为人民公敌。每当政客被钉到耻辱柱上,历史就取得了胜利。 可悲的是,历史经常取得这样的“胜利”。 《纽约时报》和《卫报》的专题网页:State’s Secrets;The US Embassy Cables。