The “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” Guide to 40 Years of Reform and Opening

This week, Xi Jinping gave a major speech celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Reform and Opening era. It also happens to be the time of year when I attempt to indoctrinate my wife into the joys of Christmas by forcing her to watch beloved holiday specials from my childhood. Now that I’m older and I live in China, I’ve come to realize some of these traditions were pretty messed up, but they also make excellent heuristic devices for understanding the last four decades of Chinese development.

With that, I give you the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer guide to Reform and Opening.