China: Insights featured in LA Times article, "The Viewfinder from China," by Reed Johnson

China and the West are embroiled today in lively, sometimes rancorous exchanges about Internet freedom and search-engine censorship. But since the late 1830s, another revolutionary technology, also imported from the West, has been radically reshaping Chinese culture, chronicling the nation's internal upheavals and providing a snapshot of its shifting relations with the outside world: photography.