To: PROGRESSIVE SOCIOLOGISTS NETWORK
While this article's observation is not so solid (in fact, there have been many beggars but are allocated to asylum places, and the recession is not because of Bank of Japan's raising interest rate), it clearly shows Japan is facing the greatest crisis.
There are two directions for Japan after the bankruptcy of the "Japanese capitalism" but the U.S. oppresses Japan to adopt the "Anglo-Saxon capitalism," especially in Japan's financial system after the "Big Bang."
Significantly, Japan's economic recession accomplished with Japan's increasing military role. Last year the U.S. and Japan declared the new Defense Guidelines and now the U.S. is pressing Japan to create domestic "Emergency Act" to enforce the Guidelines. Especially after North Korea's missile (or satellite), Japan agreed to develop the TMD system (succeeding the failed SDI) with the U.S.
Subject: Dali Lama
Honestly, I don't know much about Tibet. I still remember several films describing Tibetan slave society and how Tibetan people welcome People's Liberation Army. (Actually, the films are very good, I like two loving songs in the films.) Then, when we were struggling for China's democracy, there came Dali Lama's Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. Clearly, if there were not the Tiananmen Incident, most people have forgotten DL. It is Beijing's regime that gave honors to DL.
China's democratic (anti-government) movement divided heavily because most "famous" guys (or organization) received supports from Washington, Tokyo, Taipei, and, (certainly,) from Beijing. One guy lived in Tibet several years so he became the "authority" of Tibet policy.
While it is difficult for most of us to interpret whether Tibet belongs to China "from history," China did improved Tibet's society. Especially, thanks to DL, Beijing has to spend more money to develop Tibet. Tibet's economy increased 13% annually, faster than China's average. Most Chinese (Han), who were allocated by the Chinese Government to develop the area, would like to leave Tibet, but very few really want DL back, especially the local Tibetan elite. Tibet is fortunate, so many people (and powers) in the world care it. Who cares Nepal?
Dali is the most but not the only Lama in Tibet. The second Lama, Banchin, died several years ago and the Chinese government selected a new Banchin without Dali's involvement (traditionally, the two Lama's should select each other after one died). Certainly, If Dali died, the Chinese government will select a new Dali, such ends the Tibetan rebellion movement. We are struggling for a democratic future before that happens.
To: Tong Xiaoxi, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your understanding, if, however, I cannot make a significant contribution to the human being even though I experienced our time's historical changes, I deserve your sympathy, but not now.
1)Meisner is a respectful scholar, I only had a glance at his other books. I wrote him once but did not receive his reply, so I decided not to put time for his writings again. I will try if sometime I have time.
2)At this stage, my main concern is in English (then in Japanese). I don't mean works in Chinese are not worthy of reading, but as a student in the English world, I have to put more time on English. You know, my first time should be my job to make my basic earn.
3)I respect Noam. I once heard his speech and wrote a review for his book. He actually answered one question of mine (and yours) about the title "anarchism," to which also agree. I found anarchism most close to my conscience but it is not my belief. There are so many kinds of various anarchists, socialists, I don't mind if I am called an anarchist: people will judge us by our life and action. However, certainly he is not an expert on politics (especially on East Asia). It is a shame for the whole Western progressive world that they cannot provide a significant social thinker. I have attended ISO, SLP, and others since I came the U.S., I know their weak points but I have no power/ability to correct them.
If I have time and chance to go Chicago, I can visit you. If you have chance to come Silicon Valley, please feel free to call me. You can also stay at our house.
I did not answer your last letter's issue of other figures. This is because, from the political view, they have no meaning today. I also wonder why your magazine still criticize them. Rather than right-wrong judgment, they simply deserve nothing to waste time to think about. I do sympathize some of them (say, Fang, Wan), they should have a real role in China had they made better judgment (for example, not to flee). Fang's wife has lost normal mental control for herself, you know the reason: no pilgrim for years.