“Umbrella Movement on Trial” (Yale Daily News, November 26, 2018

On Nov. 14, 2018, a sociologist at the Chinese University of Hong Kong gave his last lecture, entitled “Tribute to the Enlighteners.” To a standing room-only crowd of over 600 people, professor Chan Kin-man discussed his life of activism, which culminated in the 2014 Umbrella Movement, a demonstration in support of greater democracy for Hong Kong — a demonstration that lasted 79 days and drew the world’s attention to a moment of political awakening.

Read more at: https://yaledailynews.com/blog/2018/11/26/ho-umbrella-movement-on-trial/

“The Double Helix of Chinese History” (Project Syndicate, March 15, 2018)

Now that China’s National People’s Congress has voted – 2,958 to two – to abolish presidential term limits, Xi Jinping could rule China indefinitely, rather than completing a tenure of two five-year terms in 2023. To what degree is Xi set to become the all-powerful ruler many observers predict?

Read more at: https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/china-xi-authoritarianism-and-reform-by-denise-y-ho-2018-03.

“Reading Big-Character-Posters” (The Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University, November 7, 2017)

What is a Big-Character-Poster? It is a type of political writing, expressed on paper—in handwritten characters—and posted in a public place; a wall covered with such posters established a forum for discussion and dissemination.

Read more at: https://medium.com/fairbank-center/exhibiting-the-cultural-revolution-part-1-reading-big-character-posters-d3edd7bb0104.

“Exhibition as Theater: Art and China After 1989 at the Guggenheim” (Los Angeles Review of Books, “Exhibition as Theater, October 20, 2017)

The first time I saw Ai Weiwei’s art, I was appalled. Almost twenty years ago, long before he became an internationally-known contemporary artist, one of my Chinese-language classmates at Qinghua University brought me to Ai’s studio on the outskirts of Beijing.

Read more at: https://chinachannel.org/2017/10/20/exhibition-as-theater/.