14 China Review International: Vol. 25, No. 1, 2018 Eric Henry Eric Henry is emeritus professor of Chinese and Vietnamese language, culture, and history, retired from the Asian Studies Department of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Rüdiger Breuer and Heiner Roetz, editors. Worüber man nicht spricht: Tabus, Schweigen und Redeverbote in China. Jahrbuch der Deutschen Vereinigung für Chinastudien 12. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2018. 241 pp. Paperback € 50.00, ISBN 978-3-447-10807-2. Whether to talk or not to talk, and, assuming one decides to talk, how to talk about something—these appear to be quite topical issues of our times: times in which scholars of Chinese present their work differently in and outside of China, engage in long meditations about how to use a speciﬁc word, or bury themselves in the endless material of Chinese texts of all ages still awaiting their philological exploration. Fortunately, this book is not about sinologists but rather about China and, as is revealed in the subtitle, more speciﬁcally about “taboos, silence and bans on speaking.” Therefore, the authors of the book undertake the challenging experiment of talking about issues of non-talking. In doing this, they touch on questions related to freedom of speech, censorship,
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