John McMillan

John McMillan was born in Glasgow and read Chinese at Wadham College, Oxford. He lives and works in London.

April 2009

Obama Poetry: the Politician as Muse

Seen through the poems, President Obama is emphatically not a blank screen. He has come to represent the possibility of American redemption, the possibility of reclaiming the moral high ground— and he is valued by people, and poets, as a way to elevate their own views by associating them with him.

August 2008

Chinese modernity - a very short introduction

Is China modern? The difficulty is in deciding the criteria. The beginning of the book dealt with a vague mix of secularism, individualism, self-awareness and equality, but Mitter is aware it’s unsatisfactory to equate modernity with ‘the West’.

July 2008

Chinese normality

China Design Now announced modern China as a global cultural presence, and offered its exhibits as a cultural parallel to its economic advancement since the 1980s.

Culture Wars was included in creativetourists’ Top 25 UK Arts & Culture Blogs 2009.