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Prof. Olsen

Seeking the truth, and the truthful.
Prof. Olsen has written 7 posts for China Daily Mail

China: Is the absence of an emperor proof of the existence of a republic?


On 12 February 1912, the Xinhai Revolution, or the Hsin-hai Revolution, also known as the Revolution of 1911 or the Chinese Revolution, culminated with the overthrow of the Empress Dowager Longyu and the infant Emperor Puyi that marked the end of over 2,000 years of imperial rule and the beginning of China’s so-called republican era. … Continue reading

July 21 1553 China’s warrior monks meet Japan’s dwarf pirates


On July 21st 1553, 120 Buddhist temple monks met an approximately equal number of “Japanese pirates” in battle. The so-called Japanese pirates, wakou or woku, were actually a confederation of Japanese, Chinese, and even some Portuguese citizens who banded together. (The pejorative term wakou literally means “dwarf pirates.”) They raided China during the Ming Dynasty … Continue reading

June 24 1989: China ousts Zhao Ziyang


On June 24 1989, a Saturday, Zhao Ziyang was formally ousted as General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party weeks after voicing sympathy for student demonstrators at Tiananmen Square. Jiang Zemin replaced him, and Zhao spent the rest of his life under house arrest. His removal from power was “effectively a coup,” according to American … Continue reading

China’s 21 “Most Wanted” following Tiananmen Square Massacre


On June 13 1989, a Tuesday, the Beijing Public Security Bureau issued a list of 21 leaders of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests who were being sought for arrest, as reported by the New York Times on the following day: The 21 students whose mug shots and biographical details were shown on television included the … Continue reading

Tiananmen Square, China: June 3-4, 1989


On Saturday June 3, 1989, word spread that hundreds of thousands of troops were approaching from all four corners of the city. Citizens of Beijing, China, flooded the streets to block them. Just as they had done two weeks earlier. People set up barricades at every major intersection. At about 10:30 pm, near the Muxidi … Continue reading

November 12 1900 Chinese racism unacceptable at Stanford University


On November 12th 1900, the economist and sociologist Edward Alsworth Ross was forced to resign from Stanford University as Professor of Sociology. This intrusion on academic freedom, which partly led to the founding of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), clearly mixed not only intramural and extramural speech but also disciplinary and non-disciplinary speech. … Continue reading

Xinjiang: An inconvenient truth for the Chinese Communist Party


“In Urumqi, China, an exhibit on the first floor of the museum gives the government’s unambiguous take on the history of the border region: ‘Xinjiang has been an inalienable part of the territory of China,’ says one prominent sign. “But walk upstairs to the second floor, and the ancient corpses on display seem to tell … Continue reading

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