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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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Thanks for the comment. Interesting to hear about your school. BTW, some time ago I closed comments after a week because of horrible spam infestation. I'm going to keep comments open for a month now with sign in and moderation to see if things are better. So, please comment, if you're so inclined.
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China went large at the recent Book Expo America in New York but, for the most part, American readers did not notice. Maybe they were turned off by marketing language like this: "provides visually perceptive materials for education in patriotism... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at The Useless Tree
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What a crazy conclusion to the Super Bowl! A circus catch followed by perhaps the worst play call in the history of the game. Wow. And it looks like both Sunzi and the Yi Jing got it wrong. But not... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at The Useless Tree
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Following up on my Sunzi Super Bowl analysis, I thought it might be good to consult the Yi Jing about the outcome of tomorrow's big game. This was made easier last evening by a group of friends who urged me... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2015 at The Useless Tree
Posted Jan 29, 2015 at The Useless Tree
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It is not often that I am palpably excited to read a conceptually complex book on Chinese philosophy and politics, but that is precisely how I felt as I worked my way through Jiwei Ci's new work: Moral China in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2014 at The Useless Tree
Last month I did a talk at the US China Institute at the University of Southern California. They were most gracious hosts and they have now put a video of the talk up on their youtube channel. I will embed... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at The Useless Tree
Here's something that just ran over at The Conversation: By Sam Crane, Williams College The media spotlight has shifted away from Hong Kong and toward President Obama’s visit to Beijing, but students and activists remain in Admiralty and Mong Kok,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at The Useless Tree
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at The Useless Tree
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I have been totally captivated by the extraordinary events in Hong Kong this past week. Twitter has been my medium of choice, allowing, as it does, real time contact with people on the scene. Here are some thoughts. Having followed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at The Useless Tree
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At his news conference yesterday President Obama set the foreign policy commentators aflutter with this statement: But I don't want to put the cart before the horse. We don't have a strategy yet. I think what I've seen in some... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at The Useless Tree
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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