No I had not, thanks for the tip though, his blowback trilogy seems potentially interesting.
they are and, at least the first book, are a product of his academic studies of Asia.
he refers to the Cultural Revolution as blowback from Imperial Japans policies - rape of nanking, etc - in that Japans murderous rampage created the blowback of chinese peasants giving support of Mao to counter it. (his first book peasant nationalism is about this subject)
one might be able to argue that what China is attempting to do with bringing religion back in the fold is to stimy blowback from religious persecution. If they can provide some form of ventilation then they wont have to worry about (would-be) monks uprising.