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12.30.2014

A Look Back at 2014

The Editors

It’s hard to believe, but ChinaFile is almost two years old. It’s been an exciting year for us, and, as ever, an eventful year for China. It was a year of muscular leadership from Xi Jinping, who has now been in office just over two years...

Photo Gallery

12.30.2014

Seeing China in 2014

David M. Barreda

In 2014, ChinaFile published great original work in photography. As always, we worked to look beyond stereotypical images of the country to find nuanced representations of the new and ChinaFile contributors’ commentary on it. Still, many...

Infographics

12.15.2014

Is Studying Abroad Worth the Cost?

The number of Chinese students who choose to study abroad has increased by more than 1,000% since 2000. Yet education costs abroad also continue to rise. This infographic looks at reasons why Chinese students are choosing an education...

A Career in China-Africa Research

Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden, Yoon Jung Park

Dr. Yoon Jung Park is among the most well-known Sino-Africa scholars in the field. Park has taught and done research on China-African affairs for over 20 years at universities in both the U.S. and Africa. Now based in Washington, D.C.,...

Media

11.20.2014

The Invisible Candidate in Taiwan’s Elections

Almost 80 percent of Taiwan, an island of 23 million off the coast of China, is expected to head to the polls November 29 to vote in local elections with more than 11,000 seats up for grabs. Voters will choose candidates ranging from...

Media

10.21.2014

Chinese Doubt Their Own Soft Power Venture

On September 27, Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong read aloud a letter written by President Xi Jinping at a ceremony in Beijing celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Confucius Institute (CI) program, an international chain of academic...

Environment

10.09.2014

Locals Attack Factory After Children Poisoned with Lead

chinadialogue

Villagers from the township of Gangkou in Jiangxi province, southeast China, have smashed up a new lead recycling plant which was due to begin operating. Unconvinced by reassurances from the owners and local government that there would be...

Environment

10.02.2014

China ‘Not Ready to be a World Leader’ on Climate Change

chinadialogue

The U.N. Climate Summit 2014 in New York last week passed, as expected, with public statements of intent but no sign of firm commitments to reducing climate emissions. If a deal is to be reached in Paris next year, at the latest “last hope...

Conversation

10.01.2014

Is This the End of Hong Kong As We Know It?

Nicholas Bequelin, Sebastian Veg, David Schlesinger, Fu Hualing, Wong How Man, Teng Biao

Over the past week, tens of thousands of Hong Kong people have occupied the streets of their semi-autonomous city to advocate for the democratic elections slated to launch in 2017. The pro-democracy protestors have blocked major roads in...

Books

09.24.2014

A Chinaman’s Chance

From Tony Hsieh to Amy Chua to Jeremy Lin, Chinese Americans are now arriving at the highest levels of American business, civic life, and culture. But what makes this story of immigrant ascent unique is that Chinese Americans are emerging...

Caixin Media

09.08.2014

Gaokao, China’s National College Exam, to Carry Less Weight

Caixin

The Ministry of Education announced reforms on September 4 that will lessen the weight that the gaokao, the country’s national college entrance exam, carries for university enrollment. The changes are to come into effect by 2020. The plan...

Features

08.14.2014

Making It in China and the U.S.

Jonathan Landreth, Emily Parker

Emily Parker is a creator of Green Electronics: A U.S.-China Maker Challenge. The Green Electronics Challenge was an unprecedented collaboration between the New America Foundation, Arizona State University, Slate Magazine, China’s Tsinghua...

Conversation

08.11.2014

Simon Leys Remembered

Isabel Hilton, Perry Link, Ian Buruma, Orville Schell

Isabel Hilton: When I heard the news of the death of Pierre Ryckmans, better known by his pen name, Simon Leys, I began to hunt in my bookshelves for the now yellowing and grimy copies of Chinese Shadows and The Chairman’s New Clothes: Mao...

Sinica Podcast

07.18.2014

Debating Societies in China

Kaiser Kuo, Jeremy Goldkorn

This week on Sinica, we’re happy to welcome back Jeremy Goldkorn in conversation with David Weeks, founder and President of the National High School Debate League of China, a debating society currently established in twenty-seven cities...

Infographics

07.16.2014

Learn English, Chinese Style

In 2009, the number of people studying English in China was roughly equal to the population of the U.S. In 2012, Chinese people spent a total of $4.8 billion on English lessons. China is the world’s biggest market for English-as-a-foreign-...

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