David Volodzko is a writer for The Diplomat, where he covers topics related to Chinese politics and society. He has lived in Asia for more than ten years (primarily in China, India, Japan, and South Korea) and his writings cover a wide range of topics, including animal cruelty, economics, psychology, education, travel, cuisine, and philosophy.

Volodzko’s work has been published with the China Policy Institute, where he wrote about the history of major themes in Chinese propaganda, and in GlobalPost, where he covered China’s illegal logging industry. He has also written for the South China Morning Post, regarding the effect of globalization on Chinese language education, and for The Jamestown Foundation, concerning China-Holy See relations. His work has also appeared in openDemocracy, The Washington Monthly, and Z Magazine. He is a former lecturer at Soongshil University and a graduate of the State University of New York, where his research included human behavior and intercultural communication. He is the author of the blog Rational Consent.

Last Updated: August 12, 2015



Japan’s Soft Power Leader in China is a Fat Blue Cartoon Cat

David Volodzko
On July 28, costumed in vibrant colors, throngs of fans flocked toward the early morning light of Victoria Harbor, queueing outside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center for the last day of the 17th Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong. The...