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Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom’s most recent books are China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know and Chinese Characters: Fast-Changing Lives in a Fast-Changing Land, which he co-edited with Angilee Shah. (A new edition of China in the 21st Century, updated and with contributions by Maura Elizabeth Cunningham, is due out in June.) Wasserstrom is Chancellor’s Professor of History and Chair of the History Department at the University of California, Irvine; Editor of the Journal of Asian Studies; one of the two Asia Editors of the Los Angeles Review of Books; a member ofDissent Magazine’s editorial board; and an Associate Fellow at the Asia Society. He has contributed commentaries and reviews to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and various other newspapers and to magazines such as Time, Newsweek,and the Nation. He tweets regularly; @jwassers