Peking Duck offline

The “Peking Duck” is offline. Richard published his most recent post on June 4, and it didn’t sound as if much would follow in the future: Allow me to emerge from my self-imposed hibernation …

There wasn’t a great deal of latest China-related news, or contemplation of it, in recent years, but it remained a pleasant digital parlor for China expats, ex China expats, Chinese readers who liked the posts they read, and others who did not like what they read.

It was also a great chronicle of an American who was mostly fascinated and sometimes repelled by what he saw in China – and it reached back more than a decade; maybe a decade and a half. That’s a long time for a blog.

Would be a pity if it remained offline.


Update (20150717): The Duck is back

4 Comments to “Peking Duck offline”

  1. But not really that much of a pity.

    If you agree with Richard, you are seen as someone who really understands China–just like Richard, apparently.

    If you take a different view, woe unto you. Richard’s wrath seems often reserved for those who take a position contrary to his, and the chances for actual dialogue are pretty much zero.

    It’s astonishing that anyone sees him as an expert on anything to do with China. He’s a relic, from the time when just blogging about China made some people think you knew China.


  2. And his thread a couple of years back about his views on the Dikotter book was a good example.

    Richard had an opinion–no degree in the subject or anything scholarly–and so he felt entitled to render that view online. That’s a far run from an actual reason to comment, but that never stopped Richard.

    It was silly, self-serving, and somewhat hilarious.

    Which, come to think of it, pretty much sums up Peking Duck.


  3. Therry, you seem to feel a real need to talk negatively about Richard, right? If his stuff isn’t scientific – I don’t think he ever referred to himself as a sientist -, the way you are trying to refute him personally, rather than any of his points, isn’t either.

    Richard and I disagree frequently. So do Foarp and Richard. As far as I can see, that hasn’t led to any bad personal feelings though. I think our experiences – yours and mine – differ here.


  4. I’ve had my differences with Richard, but:

    1) We also agree on a lot of things.

    2) He certainly knows China, and has traveled the country extensively. Sometimes all you need is a BS detector, and Richard has that.

    3) He writes one of the longest-running China blogs going, one that lasted a lot longer than some pretty awesome blogs and is still worth reading.

    4) I’ve also guest-blogged over at his place and he never placed any unfair restrictions on saying what I wanted to say even if he disagreed with it.


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