Mikaila Smith Master's Candidate, University of Oxford
Nov 16 , 2017
Today, about 350 million Chinese students are studying English, compared to only 200,000 American students studying Chinese. The U.S. State Department has invested some $25,000 in enabling me to study Mandarin Chinese. As a language learner, I am acutely aware of our two countries’ inter-dependency. Cultural exchange and Mandarin study do not provide clear-cut answers to the serious policy challenges China and the U.S. face, but my experience studying Mandarin has instilled an abiding sense of curiosity and a commitment to understanding and respect – and that’s a start.
Tenzing Wangdak Graduate student at New York University
Nov 13 , 2017
China’s bargaining power as a trusted and influential player on the global stage remains weak, especially hindered by its track record in dealing with Tibet, Taiwan, Xinjiang and Falun Gong. The massive Confucius Institute Project has served as an active medium for cultural diplomacy, behind the front of promoting the Chinese language and cultural dissemination.
Lu Chen Consultant, United Nations
Oct 26 , 2017
On October 12th, the U.S. announced its retreat from the UN's world heritage body, UNESCO. Since Trump took office, the United States has already announced its withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership and the Paris climate agreement. Given the expansiveness of this series of exits, the fundamental reason for America’s pull-out from UNESCO is likely not due to its purported dissatisfaction with UNESCO’s mechanisms, but deep-seated isolationism in American culture.
Tianyu Fu Graduate Student, International Relations at New York University
Oct 19 , 2017
Education has long been the most important method for the Chinese lower class to achieve success and a higher social status. However, skyrocketing education costs are curbing the willingness of young Chinese couples to raise more than one child, which poses a serious challenge to the government’s attempts to address the looming demographic crisis.
Sep 29 , 2017
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong co-chaired the inaugural U.S.-China Social and Cultural Dialogue today. The Dialogue under
George Yeo Former foreign minister, Singapore
May 25 , 2017
In the West, we’ve seen the triumph of U.S. President Donald Trump and the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union transform the old political world. But Asia’s transformation is much different and unlikely to follow the same populist pattern. Asia and the West operate and respond to these changes differently. China, for instance, it would be viewed as a threat to political order.
Shaun Tan Writer based in Hong Kong
Apr 18 , 2017
Asian leaders have an incentive to twist Confucius and, in all likelihood, many Western commentators don’t trouble to read his texts before taking conventional pronouncements at face value. But defining him by the hierarchical part of his teachings makes as much sense as defining Socrates by his totalitarian vision of a Republic. It is to ignore the balance that is the essence of his philosophy.
Alison Friedman Founding Director, Ping Pong Productions
Apr 05 , 2017
Artists in every country face funding challenges, so what is unique about China’s situation? One word: change.
Curtis S. Chin Former U.S. Ambassador to Asian Development Bank
Feb 08 , 2017
As the consequences of the still evolving temporary travel ban to the United States put in place by the Administration of U.S. President Donald Trump continue to play out, policy makers need to keep in mind that understanding begins with engagement.
Nicole Bonnah Journalist and Documentarian in Beijing
Nov 01 , 2016
African migration to China is only half of the story: what of the black experience in China—a country whose doors have been closed for the better part of the last century, and has only recently allowed for more foreigners to take up temporary, and in rare cases permanent residence, in the most populous nation on the planet?