“Art and China After 1989” at the Guggenheim: Defining Chinese Art for a Western Audience

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

The Great Wall: Zhang Yimou’s Mythic China

   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

China-Pakistan Relations

   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

In Tech, China Marches Forward

   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

Remembering 1949: Finding A New Home Across the Strait

“We had a dream of going back to the Mainland; we did not want to accept defeat. We never thought that we would not be able to go back. We wanted to go back to our hometowns, to see our families… but there was nothing left.” -Mr. Chiang Sanda, who arrived in Taiwan in 1949 Mr. Chiang Sanda was only 18 years old when he … Continue reading Remembering 1949: Finding A New Home Across the Strait