The Battlefield of Ideology

JOYCELYN SU evaluates the Chinese Communist Party’s recent efforts to strengthen nationalism. This summer, the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress passed the sweeping National Security Law. The scope of the new legislation is broad, addressing not only traditional security concerns but also including threats to “cultural security.” According to the new law, the country must defend against malignant culture by “deepening the education of … Continue reading The Battlefield of Ideology

Marching On?

NATHAN WILLIAMS discusses China’s 2015 Military Day Parade and evaluates the strength of the People’s Liberation Army.   On September 3, 2015, tanks from China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) rolled across Chang’an Avenue in the Forbidden City. Their purpose was to commemorate China’s victory over Japan during the Second World War. However, unlike the tanks used by China during its war against Japan, these new … Continue reading Marching On?

Preserving Culture

LILLIAN CHILDRESS explores the fading tradition of Chinese pickling. The pungent smell of pickles pervaded the air of the shop, piercing to the point of producing tears of the sort that chopping an onion might unleash. The customers seemed able to go about their business unhindered by the aromas, bustling from vat to vat of pickles of every type, occasionally turning to large urns with dried plants … Continue reading Preserving Culture

Information Transparency

SIYUE PENG explores the role of startups in increasing prospective students’ knowledge about US colleges. The increasing interest among Chinese students in studying abroad is no longer news. In the early stages of this trend, both Chinese parents and students lacked reliable and comprehensive information about foreign higher education institutions. As a result, annual college rankings, provided by reputable media such as Forbes and US News, … Continue reading Information Transparency

Finding Friends on the Other Side

TING WEI TAI highlights China’s shifting attitudes towards North and South Korea. On August 20, 2015, troops in Pyongyang fired artillery shells over the Demilitarized Zone, prompting their counterparts in Seoul to return fire and evacuate nearby residents. The next day, China’s Foreign Ministry stated that it was “paying great attention to the situation” and “willing to work with all parties toward the peace and stability of … Continue reading Finding Friends on the Other Side

Accountability and Control

ZHEYAN NI compares the ramifications of China’s responses to the two disasters on public opinion. On August 12, a massive explosion rocked the northern Chinese city of Tianjin, leading to over 170 deaths and nearly 800 injuries. The incident shocked the entire nation. It also created many challenges for the Chinese government. The Communist state has a history of responding to national disasters by examining accountability … Continue reading Accountability and Control

山高皇帝远 – XINJIANG

洪波涌起 After visiting burgeoning metropolises – Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, Nanjing – China appears before the Western eye as an awe-strikingly monolithic human machine. It seems bound by its universal yet ferociously competitive quest for some shared imagination of a long withheld “modernity.” As it surges toward this unquestioned end in apparent lockstep, all kinds of Chinese find themselves swept up in the fervor. Generality becomes … Continue reading 山高皇帝远 – XINJIANG