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Tag: China

Finding Justice for Kate Puzey

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 ›

Instant Coffee: Why China and Colombia Reject the Good Stuff

Instant coffee consumption is on the rise in China and Colombia – but not for the same reasons. A sound marketing strategy mandates that companies adapt to local tastes, à la McDonald’s bringing vegetarian choices to India. In terms of coffee, it appears Chinese patrons have been able to capitalize on this, while Colombians haven’t… Read More ›

World Wise Schools and the Third Goal (It’s a Small World After all!)

When recently perusing the archives for the IAG Awards at the Harvard Kennedy School, I couldn’t help but notice a series of programs from the 1998 submission pool which included entries that were all too familiar. Among the over 1,400 submissions for the year, were three Peace Corps programs I personally came to know and… 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 ›

The Pharmaceutical Symposium

The Hiebert Lounge is on the 14th floor of the main building of Boston University’s Medical Campus. Despite being there every single day of the week, I’ve only stepped into that room twice. And somehow, those two times have yielded excellent usage of my time. This past weekend, Boston University’s Center for Global Health and… Read More ›

Nostalgic Highlight: Yunnan Province, China

It was two years ago that I had the amazing experience of staying in beautiful Yunnan while doing a brief two week language study with some friends while in the Peace Corps. This is a picture of Dali, the village where imperial monuments and wayward art colonies align. I also remember the first taste of… 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 ›

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 ›

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 ›