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Commentaries by Philip Cunningham

Philip Cunningham

Independent Scholar

Philip J. Cunningham has worked in television and film in China and Japan since 1986. His latest book, “Tiananmen Moon: 25th Anniversary Edition,” was published in 2014.
  • Apr 11 , 2019

    In today’s political climate, there is an ever-present danger of vilification of people that are lumped together as members of a group The US media’s reaction to the Mar-a-Lago gate-crasher is yet another example of the age old us-versus-them mindset that has clouded good judgement.

  • Apr 02 , 2019

    The rise of tribalism internationally makes for politics rife with reflexive scorn; it’s US vs China, Airbus vs Boeing, “we” vs “them.” Beijing’s decision to ground Boeing’s newest jetliner only emphasizes such tribalism within the US-China relationship.

  • Mar 15 , 2019

    China looms large in America these days, and hardly a day goes by without bad news from China. Today, the mood within the US-China bilateral relationship is rife with Cold War style polarization and paranoia.

  • Mar 08 , 2019

    Kim Jong Un’s secretive train journey from North Korea to Vietnam ultimately represents a win for China. Traversing the entire country, Kim had only to look out the window to realize that China is a viable alternative to the US when it comes to brokering political survival.

  • Feb 13 , 2019

    Chinese science is coming of age and so is Chinese science fiction. Liu Cixin’s newest film, “The Wandering Earth,” leads audiences to the inescapable conclusion that science transcends borders.

  • Jan 31 , 2019

    The arrest of Meng Wanzhou has not only shaken up Huawei, it has shaken confidence in the ability of the US and China to settle the differences between them in a civil and constructive manner.

  • Dec 11 , 2018

    A chorus of anti-China voices is rising across the US, a mix of disappointed ideologues, disgruntled stakeholders, unyielding populists, and those who enjoy a good fight and want to join the pack. But the tenor of the times is such that many of the same academics, and diplomats who once could be counted on to bridge the diplomatic gap have cut the conversation short and battened down the hatches.

  • Nov 01 , 2018

    Abe’s dash to Beijing had a faint air of desperation about it, akin to flirting with someone you have no strong intentions of getting serious with to win back the attention of the one whose undivided attention you seek.

  • Sep 13 , 2018

    While the American box office celebrates “Crazy Rich Asians”, those seeking an edgier, deeper look into the lives of the insanely rich should look no further than “Mr Billionaire”.

  • Aug 21 , 2018

    China is on track to be the world’s box-office heavyweight champ, but what does this really mean? Philip Cunningham reflects on the hullabaloo of the Chinese box office, film regulation and some of China’s top box office hits.

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