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2019/10/07 | The Conversation

China Granted Same-Sex Couples Legal Rights But Not Acceptance

Same-sex couples in China can now appoint each other as their legal guardians, but the Chinese government still insists that heterosexual monogamy aligns with Chinese moral traditions.

2018/09/23 | The Conversation

Indonesia's Rich History of Gender Diversity and Non-Binary Sexuality

They are considered binary in modern mainstream culture, but gender and sexual diversity in Indonesia have a history that predates Western influence.

2020/03/02 | The Conversation

Korean Drama 'Crash Landing on You' Bridges the North-South Divide

"Crash Landing on You" tells a rare love story across the inter-Korean division and humanizes life in North Korea.

2019/09/09 | The Conversation

How Are the Hong Kong Police Trained for Riot Control?

Historically, Hong Kong police have responded to riots with a paramilitary mentality. The trust that was rebuilt between the police and the public since 1967 is destroyed again in the recent anti-extradition movement.

2019/07/17 | The Conversation

How Did China Manipulate the Media Narrative in the Hong Kong Protests?

China creates its worldview with intricate layers of propaganda at different levels, with different tactics.

2020/10/27 | The Conversation

The Unfinished Chinese Civil War

Many frame China’s options against Taiwan as peace or invasion. This is a dangerous oversimplification.

2019/10/02 | The Conversation

OPINION: A Possible New Script for Hong Kong Protesters

With no end in sight and the world losing interest, is there a possible solution for Hong Kong protesters?

2019/10/24 | The Conversation

Nezha Rises as the New Superhero and Role Model in China

“Nezha: Birth of the Demon Child” has set box-office records and it’s ultimately about how to raise a “good” child.

2019/09/16 | The Conversation

Joker Represents the Absurdity and Horror of Our Times

Clownish figures have surged in popularity both in cinema and in politics. What does this imply for our society?

2019/12/18 | The Conversation

What Chinese Citizens Think of China's Social Credit System

Contrary to what many in the West think, many Chinese citizens appreciate the social credit system for instilling a sense security and certainty in the society.

2019/09/19 | The Conversation

How Technology Turned Its Back on Uyghurs

When the Chinese government first implemented cellphone networks in Xinjiang, social media platforms like WeChat became a major communication tool for Uyghurs — but it turned out to be a trap.

2020/01/23 | The Conversation

Snakes Could Be the Source of the New Coronavirus Outbreak in China

Researchers have found that the protein codes in the new coronavirus to be most similar to those in snakes, and reports indicate that snakes were sold in the local seafood market in Wuhan.

2020/02/12 | The Conversation

Chinese Movie Studio Upturned Its Business Model Due to Coronavirus

The coronavirus outbreak has shut down movie theaters during Lunar New Year, causing movie studios with New Year screenings to lose billions of dollars. But one of them thought of a brilliant alternative.

2019/09/05 | The Conversation

India's New Law to Protect Muslim Women Divides Feminist Groups

India passed a law criminalizing "triple talaq" — the controversial Muslim practice of instant divorce — and making it punishable with up to three years in prison. But Muslim women in the country are divided over the court ruling.

2020/03/13 | The Conversation

‘Cabin Fever’: The Social and Psychological Impacts of a Coronavirus Lockdown

As the COVID-19 outbreak intensifies, mass isolation in virus epicenters is becoming a common tactic. The psychological and social impact of these measures are starting to emerge.

2019/11/18 | The Conversation

Why Protesters Around the World Are Wearing the Same Masks

Protesters around the world are wearing the Joker and Guy Fawkes face masks. A face mask technically doesn't offer any physical protection, then why do protesters favor wearing masks?