Jeffrey Wasserstrom

Jeffrey Wasserstrom is Chancellor’s Professor of History at UC Irvine and the co-author of China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know, the third edition of which was just published by Oxford University Press.

China’s Olympic Delusion China’s Olympic Delusion

Cracking down once again in Tibet, China seeks to control the script on its flawed human rights record, yet still be regarded as a suitable host for the Olympics. Dream on.

Mar 19, 2008 / Feature / Jeffrey Wasserstrom

NIMBY Comes to China NIMBY Comes to China

In Shanghai, angry, middle-class protesters say a high-speed train will wreck their quality of life. This new form of dissent could be one of the biggest challenges China will face...

Jan 18, 2008 / Feature / Jeffrey Wasserstrom

Getting Real About China Getting Real About China

From product safety to piracy, human rights and the Olympic Games, isn't it time we started being realistic about the way we treat China?

Oct 10, 2007 / Editorial / Jeffrey Wasserstrom

Olympic Dreams and Nightmares Olympic Dreams and Nightmares

In the best of all possible worlds, 8-8-08 will be the luckiest of dates for China, as the Olympic Games put the country on display. Or it could become a real nightmare.

Jul 26, 2007 / Feature / Jeffrey Wasserstrom

The Chinese Evolution The Chinese Evolution

Three new books on China invite the West to give up simplistic dreams and nightmares and come to terms with a complex and rapidly evolving authoritarian state.

Aug 31, 2006 / Books & the Arts / Jeffrey Wasserstrom

Backbeat in China Backbeat in China

A hundred days ago Wu'er Kaixi was a fugitive.... Yesterday, before an audience of 800 Americans and Chinese at Brandeis University, he showed what brought a 21-year-old Beijing N...

Jun 13, 2002 / Books & the Arts / Jeffrey Wasserstrom

Human Rights and Diplomatic Wrongs Human Rights and Diplomatic Wrongs

The composition of the UN's Commission on Human Rights changes annually, since a third of the seats are up for grabs each year. Elections, which take place in the spring, determin...

Sep 20, 2001 / Books & the Arts / Jeffrey Wasserstrom

China: Beyond the Matrix China: Beyond the Matrix

Bill Clinton and George Will so rarely agree with each other that when they embrace the same position, we should be alarmed. This thought came to mind upon realizing that their st...

Apr 19, 2001 / Books & the Arts / Jeffrey Wasserstrom