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14 Sep, 3 tweets, 3 min read
Overheard on Trump admin’s full-on declaration tech war against China. Welcome to Full Spectrum Cold War 2.0
Trump admin considering nuclear option in China tech war: ban Chinese mobile payment Alipay and Wechat Pay globally unless China bends the knee

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25 Sep
Finally watched 2007 Jiang Wen film The Sun also Rises. China and Cultural Revolution in magic realism. 2 Indonesian Chinese lovers finally reunited in #Xinjiang on the onset of Great Leap Forward on the eve of their long awaited wedding, prbly the best time of their lives😭😭😭
There's lot of allegory in Jiang Wen's The Sun also Rises. Film begins in 1976, last year of Cultural Revolution, ends in 1958 beginning of the Great Leap Forward. Mom in a way represents China of this era, she went crazy in 1958 and then disappears in 1976...
Engineer Leong "returned to" China from Diaspora in Southeast Asia in 1950s to build the socialist motherland, for a time worked on oil exploration in #Xinjiang, but was send to work in the school kitchen during Cultural Revolution
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22 Sep
Since @PBS was pressured to drop its documentary on China's poverty alleviation program, I will post highlights from it in this thread:
Millennial village party secretary on the front line of China's poverty alleviation
how millennial village party secretary work together w villagers to lift them out of poverty
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21 Sep
Just got fitted for our traditional Balinese wedding dress. There will be 2 sets ImageImage
Getting the traditional Balinese headgear fitted for our wedding
Final result w traditional Balinese headgear and earrings
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18 Sep
Jakob Rosenfeld 羅生特, a Holocaust refugee doctor who escaped frm Dachau concentration camp to Shanghai in 1939, joined Communist New 4th Army to fight Japanese. He founded Huazhong Medical Hospital which trained 10k medical workers for Communists. Image
Rosenfeld, born in Lemberg, Austro-Hungary (today’s Lviv, Ukraine), trained in medicine in Vienna. Aft escaping Dachau, he and brother got visa frm Chinese legation to Shanghai where CCP recruited him. New 4th Army commissar Liu Shaoqi (L), Rosenfeld, Commander Chen Yi (R) 1941 Image
Rosenfeld started Huazhong medical school in Communist base w 50 students. It over time trained 10k medical workers, 95% of the medical team of New 4th Army. Rosenfeld w New 4th Army Commander Luo Ronghuan (glasses) and staff members in 1943 Image
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16 Sep
Plot twist: Kingdom of Gaochang 高昌 in today’s Turpan, #Xinjiang is a Han Chinese Kingdom during this time.
*was. ESL! No past tense in Chinese 🤷🏻‍♂️
Turpan, #Xinjiang happened to be the site where Disney shot part of the #Mulan film. Turpan used to be part of Jushi Kingdom which spoke Tocharian branch of Indo-European language before Han Dynasty ImageImage
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12 Sep
That’s obviously a crackpot theory. 1) Yuezhi is not oldest documented Indo-European language. 2) We’re not sure what original language Yuezhi spoke before their migration to Central Asia and founding Kushan Empire. 3) Yuezhi may not have resided in Gansu.

According to Chinese historic documents, Yuezhi homeland is at the foothills of Mt Qilian 祁連山 which led people to think Gansu is Yuezhi homeland.

But some historians have pointed out 祁連山 in ancient Chinese context may be referring to Mt Tianshan in #Xinjiang instead ImageImage
We knew Yuezhi/Kushan spoke Bactrian after they’ve conquered land of former Greek-Bactrian Kingdom. Before that there’s no Yuezhi writing for us to decipher what language they spoke Image
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