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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.
  • May 04, 2020

    A CDC publication’s cover featuring bats in a piece of Chinese art is yet another attempt by the Trump Administration to distract the public from the inefficiency of its handling of the coronavirus and instead blame China.

  • Apr 23, 2020

    The current Chinese leadership seems to be torn in its approach towards the US. This sends a mixed message of power and sets the US-China relationship on a precarious track.

  • Mar 31, 2020

    The impact of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 has been severe. Just as pervasive has been the anti-Chinese rhetoric that has gradually overtaken the Trump administration’s dialogue with the American people and the resulting anti-Chinese sentiment that is putting many Asian Americans in danger.

  • Feb 25, 2020

    The hypocrisy of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in his hawkish criticism of China displays the fundamental undiplomatic character that has defined the Trump administration even in the face of the globe’s most recent crises.

  • Feb 25, 2020

    The once-prolific exchange of film between the US and China has crawled to a standstill with recent tensions between the two countries. A new Oscar-winning documentary underscores the harsh realities of these economic difficulties in the context of a relentless and expanding global market.

  • Dec 18, 2019

    The protests in Hong Kong may be one for the record books for producing viral political tweets, memes and manipulative imagery. But Mulan won’t be coming to the rescue any time soon, not as long as she is regarded part of the problem.

  • Nov 19, 2019

    The quibbling, quarreling world today is in dire need of the kind of rounded, yin/yang wisdom epitomized by Lee in his prime, whether it be in regard to racial harmony, the US-China trade war, or civil unrest in Hong Kong.

  • Oct 25, 2019

    The pageantry of China’s National Day celebrations was quickly followed by an embarrassing belittlement of one of America’s great soft power success stories: basketball.

  • Aug 30, 2019

    As the idea of militarization of space technology becomes more and more desirable to nations around the world, two new contenders, China and India, have entered the space race. The world must tread lightly and remain focused on exploration rather than warfare.

  • Jul 15, 2019

    Despite reports that trade negotiations between China and the US have resumed, a seriously destabilizing trade war still simmers.

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