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Finding Justice for Kate Puzey

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March 28, 2014

My foreign staffer friend on Capitol Hill forwarded an email to me yesterday, which details a petition seeking justice for slain Peace Corps volunteer, Kate Puzey. Most people I know in the PCV and RPCV community are familiar with Kate’s case. It was highly relevant to my own Peace Corps service in China, which began… Read More ›

Another Operation Kindred Spirit? Probably Not.

Are spies from China infiltrating our academic prowess here in the U.S.? Xia Yeliang, a former Economics Professor at Peking University, apparently thinks so. Of the increasing numbers of headlines dedicated to Chinese intelligence activities in the U.S., most have been exclusively related to Industrial Espionage. Ever since the Wen Ho Lee incident, dubbed Operation… Read More ›

The Intern’s Glass: Harmony Through Omission

After two weeks in my new position at the World Health Organization, I finally solidified my status as an intern by paying a visit to the Ekonomat to receive my souvenir glass. To promote sustainability, the WHO follows like-minded organizations by promoting reusable glasses opposed to disposable cups. A kind man accepted the hard copy… Read More ›

Liters of Light

When the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon finish line last Monday, the entire city was flabbergasted. Friends, loved ones, and even professors checked in to make sure I was ok. All we knew was that a graduate student from BU was dead, but no one knew who. We were constantly reminded to stay… Read More ›

The Problem with Xinjiang

Xinjiang is the Uyghur Autonomous Region that makes up most of Northwestern China. It’s received a lot of attention over the years, as tension continues to spur violent protests and ethnic clashes. Just a few days ago, on March 7, four new casualties were added to the death toll when violence broke out in the… Read More ›

Laojiao Reinvigorated

(I took this photo during my Peace Corps service in rural China. It shows the aftermath of many grand celebrations during the Spring Festival in 2011) A recent Newsweek article by Rosemary Righter highlighted the Maoist policy from 1957, loosely interpreted as “reeducation through labor,” and canonized as a convenient way to get enemies –… Read More ›

Filipino Immigration in Sabah, Malaysia (Part II)

I first expressed interest in the issue by writing about it back in August, shortly after spending time in the region. I noticed the common sight of Filipino women frequenting Malaysian bars, something I observed perpetuated stereotypes and ignited prejudice against immigrants from the nearby islands of the Philippines. Since then I’ve done significantly more research… Read More ›

Public – Private Stakeholders for Chinese Retirement

“By 2050, China’s elderly population is projected to reach over 450 million—over 33 percent of the total population. Reliance on the family network for elderly care is not sustainable in the long term, and my research explored alternative models of care.” ~Shannon Ding I came across this really interesting piece at the research center where… Read More ›

Immigrants and Outlaws: Filipino Prostitution in Sabah

Smoky bars line the otherwise quiet walkways of Chinese and Muslim dominated Labuan island off the cost of the Eastern Malaysian state of Sabah. The ocean breeze inspires a second round of tigers, the negligeably priced beer of the region, as a large outdoor table of tourists staying at “Uncle Jack’s,” wait in anticipation for… Read More ›

Tea Off: Lightning Economies China-India, Distain or Distrust?

The term for tea across India is Chai, bearing quite a resemblance to the Chinese Cha. Coincidence? Based on the rich history of the silk road, where centuries saw caravans transporting Chinese textiles, tea, and other luxury goods through the Indian Subcontinent; some degree of shared etymology isn’t out of the question. But do these… Read More ›