Wang Hui is a Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Literature and History and the Director of the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences at Tsinghua University, Beijing. A literary historian, many of his numerous publications have been published in English, including China’s New Order (2003), The End of the Revolution (2009), The Politics of Imagining Asia (2011), China from Empire to Nation-State (2014), and China’s Twentieth Century (2016).

How Does the Phoenix Achieve Nirvana?

In the spring of 2007, at the first meeting of the Asian Council at the Guggenheim, while introducing his works Chinese artist Xu Bing mentioned Joseph Beuys and Mao Zedong. Beuys is an object of emulation for China’s ‘85’ [1985] new art movement. When Xu first arrived in the United States and heard a recording […]

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