green trees on mountain covered with fog

Rainfall in the Midst of Autumn

秋夜雨中 崔致远 (857-900) 秋风唯苦吟,举世少知音。 窗前三更雨,灯前万里心 Rainfall in the Midst of Autumn Choe Chiwon (857-900) Translated by Jonathan Chan in the autumn wind i chant alone. no one on earth knows my voice. before my windows it rains throughout the night. sitting before a lamp, my heart takes a thousand leaps. Choe Chi-won 崔致遠 (857-c. 920) was a Korean philosopher and poet of the late medieval … Continue reading Rainfall in the Midst of Autumn

selective focus photography of pregnant woman holding bundle of leaves

An Analysis of US & Chinese Attitudes to Abortion

FIKAYO AKEREDOLU discusses the differences in US and Chinese cultural attitudes towards abortion. Almost two years into the spread of COVID-19, it is clear that the pandemic has disrupted global health systems. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation reports that the fallout from the pandemic has potentially setback international health efforts, especially when sexual and reproductive health is considered. For women and child-bearing people worldwide, … Continue reading An Analysis of US & Chinese Attitudes to Abortion

“Xiao Wu”: The Cacophony of Alienation

AURELIA DOCHNAL reviews Xiao Wu (1997), Jia Zhangke’s first feature film. As the camera aimlessly ambles around a dilapidated city, disjointed layers of popular tunes hang in the air. A karaoke bar; a locally-made stereo, one of the best on the market, blasts in the street; a lighter hums an electric rendition of “Für Elise.” The music in Jia Zhangke’s first feature film, Xiao Wu … Continue reading “Xiao Wu”: The Cacophony of Alienation

China’s Innovation Challenge: Intellectual Property Rights Reform

EMILY LIN evaluates the success of recent reforms to China’s intellectual property rights regime and discusses future roadblocks to indigenous innovation. As China progressively shifts away from an export-based, growth-centric economic development model, indigenous innovation will play a critical role in determining the trajectory of growth in upcoming years. Initially, China’s growth has been spurred by low-value production of goods made for export, typically using … Continue reading China’s Innovation Challenge: Intellectual Property Rights Reform

Infected By Fear: Don’t Blame the Chinese

MICHELLE FANG writes on the rising xenophobia in America in response to the coronavirus. (Illustrator: Lu Zheng, Original: Wang Fei/Xinhua/Sipa USA) No, the Chinese don’t eat dogs for dinner, cats are not main dishes, and—the sensational Chinese woman who drank bat soup most definitely did not start the new coronavirus. Remarks pinning the deadly respiratory virus on exotic Chinese diets aren’t simply unintended byproducts born to … Continue reading Infected By Fear: Don’t Blame the Chinese

$5,000 Per Birth: A Price China Should Be Willing to Pay

SOFIA RASO proposes a solution to reverse China’s declining birthrate and rejuvenate its aging population. The Chinese government’s changes a mere six years ago to the previously devastating One Child Policy have been largely unsuccessful in inspiring the desired results of reversing China’s declining birthrate and rejuvenating its aging population. What is it worth to the Chinese government to correct the struggles of the current … Continue reading $5,000 Per Birth: A Price China Should Be Willing to Pay

Hong Kong Ablaze: Evolution of the 2019 Protests

LU ZHENG delves into the 2019 Hong Kong protests and how they have evolved over time. “I didn’t think I would ever do this again. But this time, society is waking up,” declares Chong, who recently quit his job to fully devote himself to the protests. Chong had been part of the Umbrella Movement, a series of sit-in protests in 2014 in Hong Kong that was … Continue reading Hong Kong Ablaze: Evolution of the 2019 Protests

Shifting Sands: A Re-examination of Israeli Policy Regarding America and China

HERMAN PENG analyzes Israel’s strategic partnerships with the US and China and offers advice for Israeli and American policy. Even to most well-versed readers of Chinese or Israeli history, Kaifeng and Shanghai probably bear little relation to Jewish history. These two Chinese cities — the former an old imperial capital tucked in Henan’s outer rim, the latter a megalopolis seated at the helm of China’s … Continue reading Shifting Sands: A Re-examination of Israeli Policy Regarding America and China

A Patriotic Voice: The Rise of TikTok’s Counterpart in China

ROGER GUO examines how Chinese government bodies use Douyin to generate patriotism, and how patriotism in turn drives Douyin’s popularity. TikTok, the most downloaded app on the App Store this past year, has faced growing scrutiny in the West even as its Chinese counterpart Douyin has thrived under China’s far stricter censorship laws. TikTok and Douyin are short-video sharing apps mainly used by teenagers, with … Continue reading A Patriotic Voice: The Rise of TikTok’s Counterpart in China

No Child Left Behind: Deficiencies in the Education of China’s Migrant Children

KARA LIU examines the shortfalls in the education of China’s migrant children and offers suggestions for volunteers. Beneath China’s soaring skyscrapers, 288 million migrant workers toil in the factories, construction sites, and service jobs that have powered the Chinese economic miracle. Despite their invaluable contributions to China’s rise, migrant workers experience systemic marginalization that deprives them of access to healthcare, education, and legal protection. Children … Continue reading No Child Left Behind: Deficiencies in the Education of China’s Migrant Children