Hong Kong Ablaze: Evolution of the 2019 Protests

LU ZHENG delves into the 2019 Hong Kong protests and how they have evolved over time. “I didn’t think I would ever do this again. But this time, society is waking up,” declares Chong, who recently quit his job to fully devote himself to the protests. Chong had been part of the Umbrella Movement, a series of sit-in protests in 2014 in Hong Kong that was … Continue reading Hong Kong Ablaze: Evolution of the 2019 Protests

Shifting Sands: A Re-examination of Israeli Policy Regarding America and China

HERMAN PENG analyzes Israel’s strategic partnerships with the US and China and offers advice for Israeli and American policy. Even to most well-versed readers of Chinese or Israeli history, Kaifeng and Shanghai probably bear little relation to Jewish history. These two Chinese cities — the former an old imperial capital tucked in Henan’s outer rim, the latter a megalopolis seated at the helm of China’s … Continue reading Shifting Sands: A Re-examination of Israeli Policy Regarding America and China

A Patriotic Voice: The Rise of TikTok’s Counterpart in China

ROGER GUO examines how Chinese government bodies use Douyin to generate patriotism, and how patriotism in turn drives Douyin’s popularity. TikTok, the most downloaded app on the App Store this past year, has faced growing scrutiny in the West even as its Chinese counterpart Douyin has thrived under China’s far stricter censorship laws. TikTok and Douyin are short-video sharing apps mainly used by teenagers, with … Continue reading A Patriotic Voice: The Rise of TikTok’s Counterpart in China

No Child Left Behind: Deficiencies in the Education of China’s Migrant Children

KARA LIU examines the shortfalls in the education of China’s migrant children and offers suggestions for volunteers. Beneath China’s soaring skyscrapers, 288 million migrant workers toil in the factories, construction sites, and service jobs that have powered the Chinese economic miracle. Despite their invaluable contributions to China’s rise, migrant workers experience systemic marginalization that deprives them of access to healthcare, education, and legal protection. Children … Continue reading No Child Left Behind: Deficiencies in the Education of China’s Migrant Children

Southeast Asia’s Pivot to China

ADINA-LAURA ACHIM evaluates the warming relations between China and Southeast Asian nations. Southeast Asian nations like Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and the Philippines have found a reliable partner in China, the second largest economy in the world. Yet, Western media has often portrayed these partnerships as examples of China’s manipulation and debt-trap diplomacy. Analyzing relations between China and Southeast Asian nations only through a geopolitical lens … Continue reading Southeast Asia’s Pivot to China

Invisible Money: Rise and Fall of Shadow Banking in China

EMILY LIN chronicles the explosive growth and harrowing decline of shadow banking in China. China’s shadow banking sector has developed rapidly since the Global Financial Crisis in 2008, sparking intense international debate over the potential financial risks that may arise in a largely unregulated private lending market. The scale of China’s shadow banking sector is estimated to encompass roughly 43% of China’s total GDP at RMB … Continue reading Invisible Money: Rise and Fall of Shadow Banking in China

Made in China Done Right: Sustainability Reforms in Chinese Manufacturing

ADINA-LAURA ACHIM analyzes China’s efforts to rebrand Made in China and pivot to more environmentally sustainable production. Throughout the centuries, the Made in China label denoted high quality, impeccable craftsmanship, artistry, and skillfully curated products. “European traders and power brokers traveled the Silk Road to purchase silks, stone-carved decorative pieces, cashmere, unique calligraphy, and first-rate ceramics,” said Jing Daily. However, on its quest to become the … Continue reading Made in China Done Right: Sustainability Reforms in Chinese Manufacturing

Your Toilet Knows: Non-Surveillance Uses of Facial Recognition in China

SHARON LI explores applications of facial recognition technology in commerce and public facilities in China. In October 2019, the Trump administration added 28 additional Chinese organizations to its “Entity List,” effectively banning them from trading with US companies without government approval. Among these organizations were video surveillance companies Hikvision and Dahua, which the Commerce Department alleges are “implicated in China’s campaign targeting Uighurs and other … Continue reading Your Toilet Knows: Non-Surveillance Uses of Facial Recognition in China

China Hands Volume 6 Print Edition

Dear Readers, Sir Austen Chamberlain, half-brother of former Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, once referred to a Chinese curse which took the form of saying, “May you live in interesting times.” We live in interesting times. The foundations of US-China relations are splintering. The delicate webs of global value chains and cross-border investments linking our economies are unravelling. The resulting disruptions are diverting attention from China’s … Continue reading China Hands Volume 6 Print Edition

Fintech Disrupted

DYMPLES LEONG explores how people’s use of fintech changes during times of unrest in China. The push towards a cashless society by governments and the private sector has led to a rapid global development of the financial technology (fintech) industry. Countries in Asia are increasing their adoption of fintech to meet the challenges of a globalized digital economy, such as access to underbanked individuals and … Continue reading Fintech Disrupted