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
The palatial white swirl of the Guggenheim is perfect for exhibiting contemporary Chinese art, as the museum’s winding levels mimic the themes built upon, revisited again and again, in the pieces hanging there. Whether all that building amounts to anything, or if the spiral is simply a visualization of a national art tracking back over itself and saying little, is up to the viewer. Beauty … Continue reading “Art and China After 1989” at the Guggenheim: Defining Chinese Art for a Western Audience
As promotional stills and trailers were released for the American-Chinese co-production The Great Wall, much controversy arose from the film’s alleged whitewashing of a Chinese story. A historical fiction action film, The Great Wall tells the story of a group of international warriors, led by the American actor Matt Damon, who band together to fight monsters on the Great Wall of China. The most … Continue reading The Great Wall: Zhang Yimou’s Mythic China
Like a broken record on repeat, the border police at each checkpoint would peer into our van and, seeing a set of Chinese faces, would always say: “Pakistan China dos.” Dos means friends in the local language. If they wanted to vary the tune a little bit, some would venture to say “Pakistan China brothers.” The continued goodwill and longevity of China-Pakistan relations—the last … Continue reading China-Pakistan Relations
Why can’t China innovate? That was the question the authors of a 2014 Harvard Business Review article set out to answer. In a country often perceived as “a land of rule-bound rote learners, efforts to leap ahead in innovation were ultimately limited by the country’s rigid hierarchies and limits on intellectual freedom, the authors concluded. Skepticism about China’s innovative prowess is not new. For … Continue reading In Tech, China Marches Forward
CHINA HANDS interviews John Kamm, founder and executive director of the Dui Hua Foundation, an organization that helps at-risk detainees in China. Continue reading “Selling” Human Rights: An Interview with John Kamm
IRENE CHUNG reviews David Shambaugh’s new book China’s Future. Continue reading Where’s the Future?