A War of Visibility: Contradictions in China’s Environmental Policy

JASMINE GAN contextualizes China’s environmental progress. On October 10, 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change urged governments to recognize the drastic trajectory of the climate in a special report, “Global Warming of 1.5°C”. To contain global warming to 1.5°C (2.7°F) above pre-industrial levels, the world needs to cut down carbon emissions at unprecedented levels: essentially halving emissions by 2030 and eliminating them entirely by 2050. … Continue reading A War of Visibility: Contradictions in China’s Environmental Policy

Dry China: The Ticking Time Bomb of Water Scarcity

JACK MORGANJONES analyzes a ticking time bomb in China: water scarcity. The consensus among foreign policy experts is that the threat of water wars should not be overstated.  Historically, there have been remarkably few examples of violent conflicts over water. In the 20th century, those which did occur were mostly between Israel and its immediate neighbors, suggesting that the root causes cannot simply be attributed to water. Moreover, a study from … Continue reading Dry China: The Ticking Time Bomb of Water Scarcity

The Chinese Effort in Gravitational Wave Detection: The Bid for Leadership

Gravitational waves, as “ripples” of the space-time, were predicted by Einstein more than a century ago. As a new way of observing the universe, the detection of gravitational waves may unveil a lot of mysteries, such as the nature of spacetime and the properties of black holes. In 2003, when young Caltech Ph.D. Chen Yanbei went back to China to give a talk on gravitational … Continue reading The Chinese Effort in Gravitational Wave Detection: The Bid for Leadership

Truth, Happiness, and Understanding: Applying Traditional Chinese Thought to the Modern World

It is often difficult at first glance to see how the ancient thought of China is relevant to the vast, global metropolises that constitute China of the 21st century, and yet it is only through understanding a culture’s past that one can hope to understand its future. In addressing the question of historical progress, of what constitutes an enlightened and robust civil society, we must … Continue reading Truth, Happiness, and Understanding: Applying Traditional Chinese Thought to the Modern World

Stranger in His Homeland: Chinese Disdain for Ai Weiwei

A sea of sunflower seeds covers the floor, their grey-black millions blanketing the grand hall of the Tate Modern art gallery. Once, you could walk barefoot on the bed of seeds, the enormity of the 500 by 75 square feet Turbine Hall before you, as light filtered gently from the 524 glass panels above you. These are not your average sunflower seeds but “seeds” crafted … Continue reading Stranger in His Homeland: Chinese Disdain for Ai Weiwei

Commercial Films with Chinese Characteristics

“We have achieved great progress in the construction of ideology and culture,” President Xi Jinping declared in the opening speech at the recent Chinese Communist Party’s 19th Party Congress. “The main theme is louder, the positive energy is stronger, and the confidence in our culture is reinforced!” Such a claim might not be an overstatement of the Chinese Communist Party’s recent success in promoting its … Continue reading Commercial Films with Chinese Characteristics

Sowing Change in Chinese Produce

On any Saturday between 10am and 2pm, the basement of the Dreamport Shopping Mall in Haidian, Beijing is transformed from overflow space into Beijing’s only organic farmers market. Since the market’s founding in 2010, locals have filled the stalls searching for fresh fruits or vegetables, eager to eat produce grown locally and without additives or pesticides. In a country that has been rocked by a … Continue reading Sowing Change in Chinese Produce

Altered Accents and a Global China —-In Memory of Professor Anthony C Yu

   This upcoming May marks the two-year anniversary of the death of Anthony C Yu, renowned scholar on comparative studies of literature and religion. Former Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago, Yu is best remembered for his decade-long landmark translation of the Chinese novel Journey to the West (xiyouji). The novel tells the story of Xuan Zang, a Chinese monk who journeyed to … Continue reading Altered Accents and a Global China —-In Memory of Professor Anthony C Yu

Our City Our Food? An Identity Crisis in Hong Kong

   Hong Kong still is—among many other things—a gourmet paradise, a world’s fair of food. Today, Hong Kong is still a prime site for converging global cuisines. And the people of Hong Kong still sport some of the most discerning palates in the world.    But something odd is going on in the local restaurant industry.    Consider Eater’s “12 Hottest Restaurants in Hong Kong Right Now,” … Continue reading Our City Our Food? An Identity Crisis in Hong Kong