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Lori Schmidtke

In regards to your comment concerning your friend teaching in China whom believes Americans are crazy, what were his grounds for such? Does he appreciate the very strong-handed control the CCP maintains over the Chinese economy and Public Sphere, as described by Dr. Sun in her book? Or does he maintain that Americans are crazy for not noticing the parallels our own government now reflects in comparison to the Chinese government and believes we are crazy for not doing more to stop such overreach of powers actually given the U.S. government in our founding constitution?
I also found this book very illuminating. My husband recently graduated with his Master’s in Political Science, and while sharing information from Sun’s Internet Policy in China, even my husband expanded his understanding of how little actual freedom the Chinese people really derive from their ability to access the internet compared to other countries. Though, with the recent vote to regulate the U.S. internet as a public utility, there may not be many differences between the Chinese Internet and the U.S. Internet in the near future. Time will tell.
-Lori Schmidtke

March 6 2015 (3323) e

Treisa Clevenger

Dr. Sun,
Thank you so much for sharing this book with us. I knew that the government and their laws were harsh in China but to be honest I had no idea the extent of them. I truly enjoyed your book and am ashamed of myself for not knowing more. You have inspired me to learn more about this Country and maybe even look into doing some missions over there.

I did find it rather interesting that people in China went to the movies far more than we do here in America, this really shocked me. It is a treat if I go to the show more than twice a year. Yes I know its sad :)

Thank you again for opening my eyes to others and their country.

March 6 2015 (3322) e

Lucas Ochoa

Dr. Sun provides us with an indepth history of the political parties of China and the oppression the citizens have faced because of this type of government of a thousand plus years.

In my humble opinion, the Chinese have found their voice, but I would call it a limited Public Sphere. The arts, music, literature, current events, can all be discussed in a forum online that is sincere and open to anyone with the means and the know how to discuss these subjects that are important in any society. The only restriction is the inability to critique the government that rules them. To me this is a huge step when before their was little way to communicate.
In a society that has finally reached the point of having home telephones, this is a huge jump in the way that one can communicate with his neighbor, friend, and distant relative. This book was a great read and opened my eyes to the rich history of China and her people.

Lucas Ochoa

March 5 2015 (3321) e

Ashley Gazaway

Dr. Helen Sun provides an insightful literature over the Internet Policies that take place in China. I had no idea of the great history and hardships the people took on under the control of the government. I enjoyed learning about the Public Sphere and also how the people maintained conversations amongst each other to form their own political organizations, making a stand for what they deemed appropriate!

March 5 2015 (3320) e

Amber Wingo

Dr. Sun, I took your class in parallel with American Foreign Relations.

The extent of which you wrote about Mao Zedong and the CCP, enabled me to use your book for not only your class but as a reference for my history class.

I also reached out to a colleague who has a friend from the states who now teaches in China. He said after living in China for 2 years, he thinks American's are crazy. I would be interested to know if you feel the opposite.

Last but not least, I work in IT in a major hospital system in the U.S., I polled our CISO about direct hits that we get to our network from other countries. The thought is that they try to infiltrate our network because we are a research and teaching system.
I was astounded when he told me that we have about 11 Million attempts a day from China alone.

I really enjoyed your class and your book and the history of China in the past century.


March 5 2015 (3319) e

Sara Reddick

In Chapter 3, I was so surprised at how low the numbers were of Chinese homes to have television. I just figured there would be many more homes that were set up for television. Then when I read that many Chinese families went to movies 29-30 times a year, which was three times more than many countries, but six times more than the United States. Although these stats came from the 1980’s, I would be curious to read the stats about the movies now. I wonder what the price is now, compared to then, and then compared to the US and other countries. Being that television was so expensive In China, I wonder what the cost of movie tickets were in the 1980s?

In Chapter 6, I was so surprised at home many students were without a home computer and internet access. With the high academic pressure from their parents, middle school students were taking extra classes at night. Wow! I was so impressed by this. I really enjoyed reading the statistics of net bars in this chapter. When I signed up for this class, I did not realize how much Chinese history I would learn. Although it was unexpected, I really enjoyed the class and reading the book! Dr. Sun, you did a great job in this book. You sure did the Chinese history and internet policies justice! Very informative!

March 5 2015 (3318) e

Halee Brown

Dr. Sun,
I have enjoyed your book very much! What I liked most about it is that I was able to read and learn about the Chinese government and their policies concerning the internet and relate and compare those things to the US policies. I have learned so much from this book and the class.

My favorite chapter was chapter five, I found the public sphere to be very interesting. I also took a great interest in Lawrence Lessig and his ideas.

March 5 2015 (3317) e

Katherine Emsoff

Dr. Sun, I noticed in table 7.2 in your book that downloading music is missing from the list of activities that internet cafe customers in China listed they engage in. I found an interesting journal article that indicates this because music is primarily consumed through mobile networks. In the article, Eric Priest states that mobile music is the music industry's most important revenue stream and that much of this music is in the form of ringtone subscriptions. He goes on to say that a very low percentage of this revenue is paid to the copyright holders. Would you say that this is another example of the marriage between state and commerce as the mobile phone providers hold control over the market due to their relationship with the state?

Reference articles/pdf/v27/27HarvJLTech467. pdf

March 1 2015 (3316) e

Sally Murrell

I am so intrigued by what I am reading in your book. I had no idea about the Chinese government and its history. This book is definitely making me look at the Internet differently. When we discuss things like regulating the Internet, it definitely makes me consider things that I never had before. I was completely oblivious and just logged onto Facebook without another thought. Thanks for opening our eyes.

February 16 2015 (3315) e

Katherine Emsoff

I enjoyed the insights in Chapter 1 on complex thinking. I agree with Castell's opinion on page 25 that understanding the effects and roles of ICT is not a clear-cut "good" or "bad", but a complex conversation and a need to understand diversity versus trying to draw a more over-arching conclusion.

January 25 2015 (3314) e

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