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Francesca Beddie

Francesca Beddie is a former diplomat. She edits Asian Currents, the e-bulletin of the Asian Studies Association of Australia

Francesca Beddie reviews ‘Worrying About China: The language of Chinese critical inquiry’ by Gloria Davies

September 2008, no. 304 01 September 2008
Gloria Davies quotes William Blake in the acknowledgments to her book: ‘true friendship is argument.’ When choosing that quote, I wonder if she had the Chinese concept of zhengyou in mind. That is the word Kevin Rudd chose for friendship when he spoke to the students at Peking University in April this year. Zhengyou is not just about friendship, for which there is another Chinese word (youyi); ... (read more)

Francesca Beddie reviews 'The Post-American World' by Fareed Zakaria

October 2008, no. 305 01 October 2008
The author of The Post-American World, Fareed Zakaria, has a reputation that suggests the prototype for the twenty-first century Renaissance man. Zakaria was born in India, with Muslim roots but a secular upbringing. He was educated at a Christian school, then at Yale and Harvard. He studied international relations with two luminaries in the field, Samuel P. Huntington and Stanley Hoffmann. Add to ... (read more)