So honored to have hosted Tom Mullaney for a few days here in Barcelona. We got the privilege to discover how two of the most fascinating academic books I’ve read,  Coming to Terms with the Nation: Ethnic Classification in Modern China and The Chinese Typewriter: A History, were conceived, researched, thought and written. And we got to know the terrific scholar who lies behind them and who, among a trillion things, founded the great site Dissertation Reviews. A memorable visit.