Infected By Fear: Don’t Blame the Chinese

MICHELLE FANG writes on the rising xenophobia in America in response to the coronavirus. (Illustrator: Lu Zheng, Original: Wang Fei/Xinhua/Sipa USA) No, the Chinese don’t eat dogs for dinner, cats are not main dishes, and—the sensational Chinese woman who drank bat soup most definitely did not start the new coronavirus. Remarks pinning the deadly respiratory virus on exotic Chinese diets aren’t simply unintended byproducts born to … Continue reading Infected By Fear: Don’t Blame the Chinese

$5,000 Per Birth: A Price China Should Be Willing to Pay

SOFIA RASO proposes a solution to reverse China’s declining birthrate and rejuvenate its aging population. The Chinese government’s changes a mere six years ago to the previously devastating One Child Policy have been largely unsuccessful in inspiring the desired results of reversing China’s declining birthrate and rejuvenating its aging population. What is it worth to the Chinese government to correct the struggles of the current … Continue reading $5,000 Per Birth: A Price China Should Be Willing to Pay

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