Old Money

VIRGINIA HAWKINS explores the rise of the Chinese nursing home industry China’s aging population is among the most urgent problems plaguing policymakers in Beijing. For property developers, however, it is an enormous opportunity for those who see potential in bringing nursing homes to China. Nursing homes are not yet commonplace in China, since they are seen as incongruent with Confucian culture, which carries a strong familial … Continue reading Old Money

Growth Potential

Clarey Zhu explores the world of Chinese investment in Israeli high tech After China’s Bright Food acquired 56% of Israel’s largest food producer, Tnuva, in May, the burgeoning Chinese-Israeli connection in high tech and venture capital finally aroused public attention.  The “Start-up Nation,” as Israel was called in highly popular 2009 book on the topic by Dan Senor and Saul Singer, now eagerly seeks foreign investment … Continue reading Growth Potential

Thinking Small

Andrea Smith takes a look at JUNO and China’s push into particle physics In the field of science and technology, China has consistently trailed the developed world for the past 50 years. With the proposed Jiangmen Underground Neutrino Observatory (JUNO), expected to be completed in 2019, however, it seems China is ready to take steps to get ahead, at least in the field of particle … Continue reading Thinking Small

Dams and Dollars

Jean Young Koo asks what US-China cooperation on the Grand Inga Dam project could mean for the relationship in Africa Historically, Africa has been a land of opportunities for warring superpowers attempting to secure their political influence and economic profit. Recently, however there seems to have been a shift in the dynamics of African economic development. For the last two decades, the G2 powers—the United … Continue reading Dams and Dollars

The Occupiers: Out of the Classroom and Into the Streets

Emily Feng elucidates student perspectives on the demonstrations in Hong Kong September 22, 2014, would have been like any other day, if not for the thousands of students who streamed into the square of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, instead of filing dutifully into their Monday classes. The students sported yellow armbands, shouted “Reject fake elections!” and clutched in their hands the signature umbrellas which … Continue reading The Occupiers: Out of the Classroom and Into the Streets

A Question of Character

MIGUEL PAREDES discusses developments in the relationship between the Chinese people and their unique written language. “Do you have a WeChat?” is rapidly becoming synonymous with ni hao for China’s new digital generation. With social media platforms ranging from the ever-popular QQ to the twitter-esque WeiBo, the technologically-driven youth spend hours updating profiles and uploading pictures, turning Beijing’s rush hour into a sea of bobbed heads … Continue reading A Question of Character

Where Will Ebola First Appear in China?

DENNIS WANG examines China’s readiness for a first case of Ebola, its impact and implications. Last Sunday marked another first in the ongoing Ebola epidemic: the first case of transmission in the United States. Health officials assured the public that a second case was not surprising. Another upcoming first that will not be surprising: the first case of Ebola in China. The first case China is … Continue reading Where Will Ebola First Appear in China?

The Art of Storytelling

illustrates her experiences with pingshu. My introduction to pingshu, traditional Chinese storytelling, was Yuan Kuo Cheng’s “Journey to the West,” a classical Chinese novel popular among all ages. Since then, pingshu has become a significant part of my bedtime story. I fall asleep imagining the Handsome Monkey King angering all the gods and fighting against the deities, swinging his 17,550-pound golden rod from heaven to hell, and using his … Continue reading The Art of Storytelling

Don’t Say You’re a Chinese Company: How Lenovo Grew as a Global Brand

Christian Rhally reports on Lenovo’s business development model   At the end of January, Chinese technology company Lenovo acquired cellphone maker Motorola Mobility from Google for $2.91 billion (U.S.). Two years after Google itself had bought Motorola, Lenovo’s move has made the company the world’s third biggest smartphone maker, just behind Samsung and Apple. Already the largest PC company in the world since July 2013, Lenovo … Continue reading Don’t Say You’re a Chinese Company: How Lenovo Grew as a Global Brand

Among the Faithful

Anna Russo reports on Christianity in China. “There are more Chinese in church on a Sunday than there are in the whole of Europe,” says Professor Chloe Starr, an Assistant Professor of Asian Christianity and Theology at the Yale Divinity School. “Some places are beginning to see and to understand that Christianity isn’t a global North thing any more, it’s a global South thing, numerically, … Continue reading Among the Faithful