120th Anniversary of Yale-China: Pioneering Equal Partnership in Medicine

AURELIA DOCHNAL chronicles medical partnerships pioneered by the Yale-China Association, as part of a feature series on the organization. Two figures in the history of the Yale-China Association, Dr. Edward Hume M.D. and Dr. Yan Fuqing M.D., exemplify the organization’s long-time spirit of equal Chinese-American partnership. These two medical doctors, both Yale-educated, worked together to establish a modern medical practice in Changsha, the first of … Continue reading 120th Anniversary of Yale-China: Pioneering Equal Partnership in Medicine

120th Anniversary of Yale-China: The Beginnings

AURELIA DOCHNAL chronicles the beginnings of the Yale-China Association, as part of a feature series on the organization. Twelve decades ago, on February 10th, 1901, in the building now known as the Yale Visitor Center, a group of young Yale alumni founded what is today the Yale-China Association. Originally the Yale Mission  (soon changed to “Yale-in-China”), the founders and their supporters, which included then-University President … Continue reading 120th Anniversary of Yale-China: The Beginnings

Disney’s Live-Action Mulan: Our Loss of a Defining Story

AMY BROOKS comments on Disney’s live action remake of Mulan and its representation of Asian culture. In Disney’s string of live-action remakes of wildly successful animated movies, Mulan was just next on the list. Both the animated and live-action movies center around a Chinese girl, Hua Mulan, who defies the patriarchal society of ancient China by cross-dressing as a man to join the army in … Continue reading Disney’s Live-Action Mulan: Our Loss of a Defining Story

For Better or Worse: One Extra Step to Divorce

AMY TANG discusses the impact of China’s new cooling-off period on the trend of divorces and domestic violence. On May 28, 2020, the National People’s Congress of China passed its first Civil Code. The Code, as a collection of laws related to civil affairs, is a refined version of what is previously called General Rules of the Civil Law of the People’s Republic of China, includes … Continue reading For Better or Worse: One Extra Step to Divorce

China’s New Economic Plan without Hong Kong

DENNIS LEE discusses the impact of China’s new National Security Law on Hong Kong’s financial markets. On June 30, 2020, after an entire year of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong against tighter control from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Beijing passed the Hong Kong National Security Law. The Law, officially titled the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the … Continue reading China’s New Economic Plan without Hong Kong

The Cultural Evolution: Tracing Confucius in Modern China

AURELIA DOCHNAL traces the evolution of Confucius’ significance as a cultural icon from imperial China to the present day. Well-known, well-studied Master Kong is an emblem of the millennia-old Chinese intellectual tradition. With over 1,000 Confucius Institutes internationally and Confucian classics dominating state and Party curricula in China, 2,500-year-old Confucius is alive and well both in China and abroad. His axioms are popular throughout East … Continue reading The Cultural Evolution: Tracing Confucius in Modern China

Heroism & Survival: Chinese Food Delivery Workers

DANIEL CHEN investigates the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on food delivery workers, bringing attention to the pressing need for reform and regulation of China’s gig economy. On March 21st, 2020, a Chinese delivery man named Mr. Gao was put on the front page of TIME magazine under a heading describing delivery workers in heroic terms.  When the whole country stopped amid the coronavirus pandemic, … Continue reading Heroism & Survival: Chinese Food Delivery Workers

A Human Rights Consideration of Beijing’s Recent COVID-19 Measures

SUNNY YU argues that Beijing’s recent measures to contain a new wave of coronavirus cases were necessary, timely, and effective. Just as swimmers and residents in Fengtai district began to get excited about going to the local pool to exercise and relax in the hot summer (as the indoor swimming pool in Fengtai announced its reopening on June 12th after months of closure), the news of … Continue reading A Human Rights Consideration of Beijing’s Recent COVID-19 Measures

Artificial Intelligence: China’s Next Steps to Avoiding the Middle-Income Trap

EMMA YANG takes an in-depth look into China’s 2017 Artificial Intelligence Development Plan (AIDP), assessing its impacts, drawbacks, and effectiveness in propelling the country to the forefront of AI technology. Artificial intelligence (AI) has entered the common parlance of those in the technology industry and those on the outside looking in all the same. Many developed countries are investing millions of dollars to expand industries and … Continue reading Artificial Intelligence: China’s Next Steps to Avoiding the Middle-Income Trap

China’s Innovation Challenge: Intellectual Property Rights Reform

EMILY LIN evaluates the success of recent reforms to China’s intellectual property rights regime and discusses future roadblocks to indigenous innovation. As China progressively shifts away from an export-based, growth-centric economic development model, indigenous innovation will play a critical role in determining the trajectory of growth in upcoming years. Initially, China’s growth has been spurred by low-value production of goods made for export, typically using … Continue reading China’s Innovation Challenge: Intellectual Property Rights Reform