Made in China Done Right: Sustainability Reforms in Chinese Manufacturing

ADINA-LAURA ACHIM analyzes China’s efforts to rebrand Made in China and pivot to more environmentally sustainable production. Throughout the centuries, the Made in China label denoted high quality, impeccable craftsmanship, artistry, and skillfully curated products. “European traders and power brokers traveled the Silk Road to purchase silks, stone-carved decorative pieces, cashmere, unique calligraphy, and first-rate ceramics,” said Jing Daily. However, on its quest to become the … Continue reading Made in China Done Right: Sustainability Reforms in Chinese Manufacturing

Your Toilet Knows: Non-Surveillance Uses of Facial Recognition in China

SHARON LI explores applications of facial recognition technology in commerce and public facilities in China. In October 2019, the Trump administration added 28 additional Chinese organizations to its “Entity List,” effectively banning them from trading with US companies without government approval. Among these organizations were video surveillance companies Hikvision and Dahua, which the Commerce Department alleges are “implicated in China’s campaign targeting Uighurs and other … Continue reading Your Toilet Knows: Non-Surveillance Uses of Facial Recognition in China

Fintech Disrupted

DYMPLES LEONG explores how people’s use of fintech changes during times of unrest in China. The push towards a cashless society by governments and the private sector has led to a rapid global development of the financial technology (fintech) industry. Countries in Asia are increasing their adoption of fintech to meet the challenges of a globalized digital economy, such as access to underbanked individuals and … Continue reading Fintech Disrupted

Comparative Analysis of Factory Girls and Korean Workers

ZHEYAN NI reviews Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China and Korean Workers: The Culture and Politics of Class Formation. An inquiry has been occupying my mind for a long time: are journalists or scholars the better story tellers of a society? Contrasting the two books in this review helps us understand their differences in approach and effect. Leslie Chang, the wife of famous China … Continue reading Comparative Analysis of Factory Girls and Korean Workers

How the Chinese Political System Can Elevate More Competent Government Officials

MICHAEL TAN examines the Chinese civil service system and why it can potentially produce more effective leadership than democratic systems. Would a TV-celebrity and real-estate mogul with no political experience whatsoever ever be able to achieve the presidency in China? Such a feat, while possible in the United States, has next to no chance of happening in China, for reasons that lie in the extremely rigorous … Continue reading How the Chinese Political System Can Elevate More Competent Government Officials

2019 25 Under 25: Leaders in US-China Relations

In 2013, China Hands became the first magazine to honor young individuals for their exceptional contributions to US-China relations and China studies. We are humbled and excited to present the fifth edition of “25 Under 25: Leaders in US-China Relations.” After multiple rounds of selection, honorees were selected for recognition as leaders in US-China relations, notable for their contributions to fields including business, art, journalism, politics, and … Continue reading 2019 25 Under 25: Leaders in US-China Relations

Too Crazy, Too Rich?

“But why would I see it just because its cast is all Chinese? – Xia’an, one-star Douban Reviewer Crazy Rich Asians depicts how Chinese American Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) meets the ultra-rich and elite Singaporean-Chinese family of her boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry Golding). Complete with delectable Asian food and elements of Chinese culture, the film begins as a family visit and wedding for Nick’s best … Continue reading Too Crazy, Too Rich?

The Forgotten Fusionist: Review of《追寻新共和:张东荪早期思想与活动研究 1886-1932》

ZHEYAN NI reviews the excellent historical work《追寻新共和:张东荪早期思想与活动研究 1886-1932》(The Search for a New Republic: A Study on Thoughts and Activities of Zhang Dongsun at His Early Age 1880-1932) published in 2018. To historians of Modern China, Zhang Dongsun cannot be more familiar. Yet outside of academia, he is almost unknown by the general public. Highly politicized historical narratives of twentieth century China only canonized winning or … Continue reading The Forgotten Fusionist: Review of《追寻新共和:张东荪早期思想与活动研究 1886-1932》

Evil’s First Soft Touches: Uyghur “Re-Education” in China

ANGELA LU details China’s massive internment of Uyghurs in “re-education camps,” as well as the international response and China’s subsequent tactical revisions. Since April 2017, as many as 1 million Uyghurs and members of other Muslim ethnic minority groups have been indefinitely detained in an ever-expanding secretive network of extrajudicial re-education camps across Xinjiang province. China’s rulers have long held a deep suspicion of Xinjiang’s ethnic … Continue reading Evil’s First Soft Touches: Uyghur “Re-Education” in China