Evan Osnos marvels:
I was reminded of [China's deeply felt yearning for knowledge] as I scrolled through the extraordinary offerings on the “Public Class” section of Netease, a popular Chinese Web site. The “Public Class” program lists videos of American college classes, which have been subtitled into Chinese, so that any Chinese speaker can watch them for free. Are you a coal miner in Shanxi interested in Michael Sandel’s hugely popular “Justice” class at Harvard? Click here. Does your job at a real-estate developer in Shenzhen leave you curious about political philosophy? Perhaps a twenty-four-session semester with Steven B. Smith of Yale would satisfy you.