September 15, 2021 in Features

Pandemics and Pandas: China’s Global Image in 2021

Pandas at the San Diego Zoo, the 2008 Olympics Games and Chinese state media on Youtube all have one thing in common: they are displays of Chinese “soft power” that…
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September 15, 2021 in Features

Discovering Ding Zhen: Influencer Culture and the Myth of Tibet in Chinese Social Media

Dressed in gemstone earrings and traditional layered Tibetan robe, the young Tibetan boy with sun-kissed skin and messy hair smiled timidly at the camera, his figure striking against the clear…
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August 28, 2021 in Features

Chemical Cold War: China, the United States and the Opioid Crisis

Fentanyl is the principal enemy in the war on opioid addiction and overdoses. The strain of the COVID-19 pandemic has helped drive increased drug abuse; fentanyl is involved in the…
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August 28, 2021 in Features

The Global EV Revolution: America and China Racing To Lead the EV Future

On Jan. 7, 2020, Tesla CEO Elon Musk performed the infamous “striptease” dance in the opening ceremony of the company’s Shanghai Gigafactory. The theatrical opening marked an important milestone for…
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August 18, 2021 in Features

Pangolins and a Pandemic: The Evolving Chinese Wildlife Trade

Ask the average American what’s behind the COVID-19 pandemic and you’ll probably hear range of rather pedestrian answers that do not include the word “pangolins,” and certainly have nothing to…
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August 18, 2021 in Features

Say Yes to the West: Globalization of the Qipao

In the now-viral photo, Keziah Daum stands smiling with her date and friends on a white marble staircase before their prom celebration. Pre-dance photoshoots with a large group are incredibly…
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