Don’t Say You’re a Chinese Company: How Lenovo Grew as a Global Brand

Christian Rhally reports on Lenovo’s business development model   At the end of January, Chinese technology company Lenovo acquired cellphone maker Motorola Mobility from Google for $2.91 billion (U.S.). Two years after Google itself had bought Motorola, Lenovo’s move has made the company the world’s third biggest smartphone maker, just behind Samsung and Apple. Already the largest PC company in the world since July 2013, Lenovo … Continue reading Don’t Say You’re a Chinese Company: How Lenovo Grew as a Global Brand

Inside the Classroom: Susan Shirk

An Interview with Susan Shirk, of University of California San Diego, on her course, “Chinese Politics.” The year was 1971. As the United States and China started to normalize relations, PhD student Susan Shirk was one of the first Western visitors to China. After studying abroad in Japan during high school, Shirk had become determined to discover more about East Asia; for so long, its … Continue reading Inside the Classroom: Susan Shirk

Inside the Classroom: Vera Schwarcz

An interview with Vera Schwarcz of Wesleyan University on her course, “The Jewish Experience in China from Kaifeng through the Holocaust.” As a scholar, educator, and poet, Professor Vera Schwarcz is no stranger to adding her own spin to the classroom. At Wesleyan, students have fallen in love with her class “The Jewish Experience in China from Kaifeng through the Holocaust,” citing its engaging material … Continue reading Inside the Classroom: Vera Schwarcz

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

Engines of Change

Xiaoying Zhou reports on female entrepreneurs in China In April 2012, Tiantian Ma and her partner finally moved to Shanghai to open up China’s first cold-pressed juice and natural food cleanse company, VCLEANSE. In less than two years, VCLEANSE has consolidated its supply chain, received funding from angel investors, and opened its second physical store in Beijing. On Sina Weibo, China’s Twitter, VCLEANSE has attracted … Continue reading Engines of Change

Created in China

Christian Rhally reports on the progress of Chinese intellectual property rights China’s leadership have long made clear its desire to transform China’s economy away from being the world’s workshop to instead the world’s leading innovator. Consequently, patent applications have been surging over the past decade. In 2013, invention patents jumped 26.3% over the previous year to 825,000. “We don’t just want made in China, but … Continue reading Created in China

Trading Up

Jean Young Koo reports on the Free Trade Agreement between China and South Korea It seems that the world’s fastest growing major economy and an Asian Tiger will together evolve into the biggest trading bloc in East Asia. The Free Trade Agreement between China and South Korea, initially proposed in 2012 and discussed by the two nations at summits in Seoul and Beijing, holds much … Continue reading Trading Up

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