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Sam Crane
Interests: Chinese philosophy, Chinese politics, East Asian international relations, international relations, international political economy, disability studies, old New York teams (Yankees, Knicks, Giants, Rangers).
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What a pleasant way to end a great month... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at The Useless Tree
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Had a good time yesterday with John Artman and Xiao Hua, hosts of a talk show, "Roundtable," on China Radio International. We discussed teaching Confucianism in China, what Confucianism might be in China today, and a little bit of Daoism... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at The Useless Tree
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Well, I finally made it to Qufu, the hom... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2014 at The Useless Tree
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I went to Baiyunguan - White Cloud Temple - today, a place where Daoism is practiced as a religion. It's an important location, a key site for the Quanzhen sect of Daoism. I have to admit, I do not know... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at The Useless Tree
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One of the great things about being here... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at The Useless Tree
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Another busy week in the classroom here. I want to respond to a couple of comments from my last post (I close comments after one week because of spam attacks) about my experience teaching Confucianism here now. First up, J... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at The Useless Tree
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I've been here over a week and have hardly had time to even think about blogging. It turns out that getting my class, "Confucianism in America," up and running has been a lot more time-consuming than I realized. The central... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at The Useless Tree
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I've been away from the blog for far too... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2014 at The Useless Tree
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Just back from a brief trip to Rome. My first time there. What a fantastic city. We took a day trip as well to Assisi, the birthplace and resting place of St. Francis. And while there I had a riveting... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at The Useless Tree
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A friend of mine (thanks Karl!) sent me ... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2014 at The Useless Tree
We saw the movie "Nebraska" a couple of weeks ago and I've been meaning to blog something about it. Let me try to seize this moment to put down a couple of thoughts. My overwhelming sense is that this is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at The Useless Tree
From the archives: I think I have always been against Valentine's Day: so obviously constructed to play upon our romantic insecurities to sell cards and flowers. And when I see stories like this one, from today's China Daily, I am... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2014 at The Useless Tree
Posted Jan 31, 2014 at The Useless Tree
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I was traveling last week, to Seoul and Hong Kong. My primary purpose was to give a couple of talks, though I found some time to meet up with many former students and friends. First, last Monday in Seoul, I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2014 at The Useless Tree
Happy New Year! I saw the Ai Weiwei docu... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at The Useless Tree
I wrote this a few years ago, but it still seems right for the season. Merry Christmas! I have blogged on a Taoist view, or my Taoist view, of Thanksgiving. But what about Christmas? What would a Taoist make of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2013 at The Useless Tree
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I'm reading obituaries of the great man,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2013 at The Useless Tree
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A review in yesterday's NYT Sunday Book ... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2013 at The Useless Tree
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After my most pleasant China trip, I am ... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2013 at The Useless Tree
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Last Sunday I had the pleasure of chatting with Kaiser Kuo and Jeremy Goldkorn and Jeremiah Jenne on the Sinica Podcast about the book - Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Dao - and lots of other stuff. I had... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2013 at The Useless Tree
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My China trip continues to go well. I'm ... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2013 at The Useless Tree
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I'm back in Beijing, looking forward to my talk at the Bookworm tomorrow. But before that, this evening, I'll be talking about Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Dao with the good people at Sinica podcast (internet is slow here,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2013 at The Useless Tree
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Some of you may have already seen this, but I wanted to mention it here as well: Natalie Ornell, a writer for China Digital Times did an interview with me that is posted over at their site. Thanks for the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2013 at The Useless Tree
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Today is Aidan's birthday. He would have been twenty-two. As I think about his life, and what he gave to me, a passage from Zhuangzi comes to mind. Without him, I would not have the understanding of this passage that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2013 at The Useless Tree