DANIELLE ZHI JIAO GOH WRITES – China began rolling out 5G (fifth generation wireless technology) services in 50 cities at the end of 2019, so people assumed that information could be spread rapidly and that people would be more connected. The current Coronavirus outbreak proves otherwise. Technology certainly has been…Full Article CHINA CORONAVIRUS: ‘AN ARMY PUFFED UP WITH PRIDE IS BOUND TO LOSE’
From the South China Morning Post (excerpt) — China’s President Xi Jinping began a three-day visit to Macau on Wednesday to mark the 20th anniversary of its return to Chinese rule, heaping praise on the city’s government for “fully and accurately” implementing the “one country, two systems” principle under which…Full Article XI’S MACAU: ONE THING CHINA’S PRESIDENT WAS HAPPY TO NOTE – THIS SURELY ISN’T HONG KONG
From the NEW STATESMAN (famous London weekly) – … Hong Kongers are not only revolting against social inequalities, declining standards and the threat of becoming part of China’s authoritarian state. They are also rebelling against an entrenched political order left over by the British. Hong Kong has never been truly…Full Article Hong Kong: THE DARK NON-DEMOCRATIC LEGACY THE SHIFTY BRITISH WITTINGLY LEFT BEHIND
TOM PLATE WRITES — American foreign policy rarely rises to the level of coherence recommended by its policy intellectuals and thoughtful diplomats; but without their persistence, it would be bereft of any coherence at all. When World War Two ended, for example, the American establishment came to rally around the containment…Full Article CHINA-US RELATIONS: NO FORCE CAN CONTAIN CHINA EXCEPT BEIJING
TIA CARR WRITES – The United Nations has recently called for an “immediate and unfettered access” to the autonomous region of Xinjiang, China. This echoes rapidly growing international humanitarian concerns regarding the status of more than one million muslims who have been detained without trial. Efforts have been made…Full Article CHINA: THE DEEPLY DISTURBING QUESTION OF XINJIANG
ANDRE HACOBIAN WRITES – On November 2 the internationally famous Nanchang Flight Convention kicked off a much-anticipated two-day event in eastern China, showcasing new heights in the art of aviation, space travel, and drone technology. The show opened with artwork of giant airplanes made up of 800 drones that continually morphed…Full Article CHINA’S FAMOUS NANCHANG FLIGHT CONVENTION: SOARING WITH BOTH DELIGHT, AND NATIONAL-SECURITY CONCERNS
ANNALISA DEL VECCHIO WRITES – With the Asian market in mind, Adidas shut down its footwear factories in Germany (Ansbach) and the United States (Atlanta) and has opened two new “Speed Factories” in Shanghai, China and Ho Chi Minh City,Vietnam. Adidas is the largest footwear company in Europe and the second-largest…Full Article SNEAK ATTACK: ADIDAS GETS ANOTHER JUMP ON ITS COMPETITION IN ASIA
From Asia Media International in Los Angeles — Congratulations, Hong Kong! Under conditions of the greatest stress, you have pulled off a mainly spotless and brilliant territory-wide election whose results resonate worldwide. Clean and clear elections are not that easy to pull off. (We in the U.S. are learning more…Full Article CONGRATULATIONS HONG KONG!
MATHEW ANDROVETT WRITES — Baseball has become massively popular in Asia over the past few decades. Nationally organized leagues, such as Japan’s Nippon Professional League, have grown into massive successes; and countries such as Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea churn out big-league prospects for U.S. baseball at a consistent rate.…Full Article CHINA BASEBALL: NOT QUITE AT THE SUPERPOWER LEVEL … YET
DIANA CASTILLO WRITES- On November 5, leading opera artist Shang Changrong and the distinguished film and TV director Teng, presented their opera musical “Cao Cao and Yang Xiu” at LMU, followed by a riveting Q & A. What a duo! Mr. Shang, the protagonist of the film, plays the hero who convinces the emperor…Full Article CHINA: A HIGH NOTE FOR PEKING OPERA AT LMU
MALIK ADENIJI WRITES — Huge savings, unbelievable deals, and incredible sales. In the U.S. these words may be reminiscent of the (in)famous shopping holidays Black Friday and Cyber Monday. However, in China, the world’s most populous country and the world’s leading exporter of goods since 2009, these words represent a…Full Article CHINA: WHERE ONE IS NOT THE LONELIEST NUMBER
NILE BROWN WRITES – A few months ago, I traveled to Beijing as part of a career discovery trip with my school. One of the excursions was to Weber Shandwick, one of the largest public relations firms in the world and the agency representing the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Agency…Full Article CHINA: WHY DO THEY CALL SUCH INFLUENTIAL LADIES ‘WANGHONG FACE’?
TOM PLATE WRITES — The stars and stripes of the American flag, as if sliced by partisanship into bipolar bands of red and blue, never seemed more at cross-purpose. Only true haters might find pleasure in the proceedings. In the House, as if plowing through a field of empty dreams and…Full Article Paranoia Paramount: IS IT PLAUSIBLE TO COMPARE TRUMP TO MAO?
TALIN DEROHANESSIANS WRITES – QR Codes in Asia are a hit! This could be attributed to an increase in mobile devices sold with built – in QR Code readers as well as the overall increase in smartphone sales. Quick review: Quick Response codes were first invented in the 1990’s, by…Full Article CHINA, THAILAND AND VIETNAM: QUEING UP FOR QR CODES
EMILY CAPOUYA WRITES- According to Facebook’s blog post this Tuesday, facial recognition will “be off by default for all new users, and for current users who do nothing when they receive an upcoming notice about the change.” While originally popularized by Facebook as a seemingly harmless concept used to tag friends’ faces…Full Article CHINESE VERSUS AMERICAN VALUES: WHY FACEBOOK MADE THE RIGHT CALL ON FACIAL RECOGNITION