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

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

YVONNE YAN 
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

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

China’s Perfect Game

James Badas on China’s baseball scene. The perfect game is one of the most improbable feats in baseball, let alone all of sports. 204,931 games have been completed in Major League Baseball dating back to 1876. Over this period, only 23 perfect games have been tossed. With the 2014 season underway, the MLB is seeking to accomplish a feat even rarer than a perfect game … Continue reading China’s Perfect Game

Playing from the Heart

MICHELLE PETERS on the Western classical music scene in China. In recent years, there has been a revival in interest in classical music in China that is aiming to shake China’s traditional emphasis on technical superiority and instead emphasize emotion. Chu Yi-bing, a world-renowned cellist who founded the China Cello Philharmonic, an all-cello chamber ensemble, recalled that as early as eleven that his music, however technically … Continue reading Playing from the Heart

Watch This Space

Kyle Hutzler spends an afternoon at CCTV America. If one were to explore the upper reaches of the cable television universe between the hours of 7 and 9pm Eastern, they might be mistaken for thinking they had stumbled upon a public television broadcast of BBC World News. They would see the same modern, red graphics; an international ensemble of anchors and guests; and a stately … Continue reading Watch This Space

The Chinese Artist Abroad

Savannah O’Leary on Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang The introduction of contemporary Chinese art into the Western art world in the 1990s brought with it controversial questions surrounding the concept of the Diaspora artist. The Chinese artist living abroad occupies a space in which influences from Chinese traditions confront contemporary experiences in a totally different cultural context. The role of the Diaspora artist, therefore, becomes confusing. … Continue reading The Chinese Artist Abroad

Between Chinatown and SoHo

Jennifer Lu visits the Museum of Chinese in America The Museum of Chinese in America faces Chinatown from the front, and Soho from the back. Designed by Maya Lin ‘81, ARCH ‘86, ART ‘87, MOCA has all the wood paneling, airy floor to ceiling windows and sans serif font requisite for hipster approval. From the street, it’s clear that MOCA is no Chinese kitchen supply … Continue reading Between Chinatown and SoHo