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2021/07/08 | The Conversation

Cultural Sensitivity or Censorship? Lecturers Are Finding It Difficult to Talk About China in Class

In a globalized world, educators are expected to be culturally sensitive and inclusive, but what if this leads to self-censorship?

2021/05/27 | The Conversation

Anger in Tokyo Over the Summer Olympics Is Just the Latest Example of How Unpopular Hosting the Games Has Become

Tokyo’s predicament is only the latest and most extreme example of the way host cities of international events tend to lose interest by the time they happen.

2021/04/27 | The Conversation

‘Minari’: Part of a Wave of Second Generation Storytelling About What It Means To Participate in America

Beyond Lee Isaac Chung, who directed Minari, second generation Asian American storytellers are are being candid about the challenges and benefits of pursuing their creative work, in the face of family hopes or fears, or a wider societal resistance to hearing marginalized narratives.

2021/05/04 | The Conversation

Covid in India: The Deep-Rooted Issues Behind the Current Crisis

Jingoism, overconfidence, and false reassurance from the political elite negated hard-won progress against Covid in India.

2021/05/13 | The Conversation

How China Used the Media To Spread Its Covid Narrative — and Win Friends Around the World

Most countries report coverage of China has become more positive in national media since the onset of the pandemic, a survey shows.

2021/11/12 | The Conversation

Xi Jinping Puts His Stamp on Communist Party History, but Is His Support as Strong as His Predecessors?

It is reasonable to assume Xi has had close supporters within the leadership of the CCP, and even among former leaders. However, they are not as visible, for the most part, as was the case for Mao and Deng.

2021/06/08 | The Conversation

China’s Three-Child Policy Is Unlikely To Be Welcomed by Working Women

Despite the new three-child policy, young Chinese couples in cities hesitate to have a second child. In rural China, the story is different.

2021/12/29 | The Conversation

Can China Win Back Global Opinion Before the Winter Olympics? Does It Even Want To?

China’s international image was already at its lowest level in years in many western countries. How will Beijing respond with the Olympics only weeks away?

2021/01/15 | The Conversation

How China Is Controlling the Covid Origins Narrative — Silencing Critics and Locking up Dissenters

The WHO has sent a team to China to investigate the origins of Covid-19, but China's political environment makes a conclusive outcome unlikely.

2021/11/30 | The Conversation

Wealthy Nations Starved the Developing World of Vaccines. Omicron Shows the Cost of This Greed

Experts have warned about the inequitable distribution of Covid-19 vaccines since the beginning of the pandemic, so why is there still a problem?

2021/08/30 | The Conversation

Why It Will Soon Be Too Late To Find Out Where the Covid-19 Virus Originated

Time is running out to determine the origin of Covid-19. A member of the WHO virology team tells what can be done now and how this will influence our response to future pandemics.

2021/09/07 | The Conversation

Who Will Replace Yoshihide Suga as Japan’s Prime Minister? Here’s a Rundown of the Candidates.

With a weakened opposition, the Liberal Democratic Party would still be favored to retain power in the Diet after the general election, meaning whoever wins the party leadership contest will likely remain Japan’s prime minister.