Is China's Growth Really That Jaw-Dropping?
May 26, 2010

Kevin Drum asks why China's visitors are invariably blown away by the changes taking place in the country: "China is big on a macro scale. It's big on a statistical scale. It's growing fast. But on a ground level scale? It's just a place. It's no bigger or denser or busier than lots of other places. So why is everyone always so awe-stricken about it?" Having been in China for a few days, I'd say the size of the place is less impressive than the sheer rate of change.

Buds of Freedom
October 07, 1985

Many of China’s writers were less than enthusiastic when they heard there was to be a national Writers’ Conference in December 1984.