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11.20.2014

The Invisible Candidate in Taiwan’s Elections

Tea Leaf Nation

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

Tea Leaf Nation

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

Sohu Business

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-...

Sinica Podcast

07.14.2014

Education in China

Kaiser Kuo, David Moser

This week on Sinica, Kaiser Kuo and David Moser are joined by Jiang Xueqin, deputy principal of Tsinghua Fuzhong Affiliated High School and author of Creative China, for a discussion of the education system in China. Specifically, we’re...

Photo Gallery

07.12.2014

Soccer on the Silk Road

Zhang Xinmin

As the World Cup draws to a close, we present a photo essay by Chinese photographer Zhang Xinmin exploring the game of soccer along the Silk Road in Xinjiang, where it has a special place in Uighur education and culture. China’s forays...

Environment

07.10.2014

U.S.-China Climate Cooperation More Crucial Than Ever

chinadialogue

As the governments of the United States and China meet in Beijing this week for the Sixth U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED), one area worth watching closely is clean energy and climate change cooperation.

Conversation

07.01.2014

The Debate Over Confucius Institutes PART II

Gregory B. Lee, Michael Hill, Zha Daojiong, Stephen E. Hanson, Mary Gallagher, Marshall Sahlins, Mobo Gao , Alan R. Kluver, Avery Goldstein

Last week, ChinaFile published a discussion on the debate over Confucius Institutes–Chinese language and culture programs affiliated with China’s Ministry of Education—and their role on university campuses. The topic, and several of the...

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