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2016/12/09 | Xiaoling Zhang

The Effectiveness of the Chinese Cultural Centers and Confucius Institutes

With 500 Confucius Institutes and 1,000 Confucius Classrooms on campuses around the world today, both have become a global phenomenon. Just what purpose do they serve?

2016/12/08 | Nathan Jubb

Q&A with VR Artist Who Says Technology Will Destroy Us

Virtual reality has brought Tian Xiaolei’s art to life, but he maintains humans’ thirst for innovation will only end in misery.

2016/12/06 | Rachel King

One of the First Hollywood Heartthrobs Was a Smoldering Japanese Actor. What Happened?

Today, there aren't many Asian film hunks. But in 1915, Sessue Hayakawa was among the first sex symbols.

2016/12/06 | Olivia Yang

INTERVIEW: German Filmmaker Documenting 'Metal Politics' in Taiwan

'It’s exciting for me to be part of a historical process. That’s what our job is for. We are documenting history.'

2016/12/05 | Cinema Escapist

Documenting the 'Gatekeepers' of One of Japan's Popular Suicide Destinations

'Gatekeeper' documents the suicide prevention efforts of a retired Japanese detective named Yukio Shige.

2016/12/02 | Olivia Yang

Noticing Tweaks, Communicating Universal Concepts, and Offering Value in Design

Four acclaimed designers from different countries gathered yesterday to share their experiences and ideology of design.

2016/12/02 | Paul Wingrove

Book Review: The Economic War Against Cuba

Salim Lamrani aims to explains some of the essential background to the U.S. economic sanctions against Cuba: their origins, their provisions, how they contravene international law, and how they affect the lives of Cubans. Although not detailed enough for an academic audience, this book does offer a short chronicle and discussion of some of the key events and consequences of more than 50 years of American economic sanctions against Cuba, writes Paul Wingrove.

2016/11/30 | Michael Beltran

FEATURE: Portrait of a Filipino Artist in Captivity

Juan Paolo Verzosa, his wife and hundreds like them are being used as a bargaining chip for the state to gain the upper hand in ongoing peace negotiation in the Philippines.

2016/11/29 | Francesco di Bernardo

Book Review: 'Leadership in the Cuban Revolution: The Unseen Story'

Antoni Kapcia’s 'Leadership in the Cuban Revolution: The Unseen Story' is a book that provides a new perspective on the Cuban Revolution. It offers insightful views that challenge classic analyses of the Cuban leadership, writes Francesco di Bernardo. It is an essential reading for academics, students and experts on Cuba.

2016/11/27 | Melissa M. Smith

BOOK REVIEW: 'Campaign Finance and Political Polarization: When Purists Prevail'

Is there too much money behind U.S. political campaigns or is it more a question of where the money flows? In 'Campaign Finance and Political Polarization: When Purists Prevail' Raymond J. La Raja and Brian F. Schaffner present their argument in favor of giving more, rather than less, money to political parties in order to reduce the polarization that characterizes the U.S. political system. While she questions the extrapolation of state-level analysis to the federal level, Melissa M. Smith praises the cogent delivery of the book’s central claim, even if it remains to be seen if the authors’ points will make it into practice.

2016/11/26 | Jordan Todorov

This Artist Used over 6,500 Scents to Recreate The Smell of 35 World Cities

Inside the very comprehensive smell library of Berlin-based olfactory expert Sissel Tolaas.

2016/11/26 | Vanja Hamzić

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Politics of Islamic Law: Local Elites, Colonial Authority and the Making of the Muslim State'

In 'The Politics of Islamic Law: Local Elites, Colonial Authority and the Making of the Muslim State' Iza R. Hussin traces a riveting history of Islamic law as it encounters, and is inevitably transformed by, British colonialism in Malaya, Egypt and India. It is a work of unique critical sensibilities, setting the scene for future interdisciplinary research of colonial and postcolonial Islamic law as fruitful analytical categories, finds Vanja Hamzić.

2016/11/24 | Lin Qiqing

NGO Sues Dalian to Protect Historic City Street in China

The case marks a second time courts accept a group’s suit against the government over protection of cultural relics.

2016/11/23 | Joseph Savirimuthu

BOOK REVIEW: 'Driverless: Intelligent Cars and the Road Ahead'

In 'Driverless: Intelligent Cars and the Road Ahead' Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman reflect on the possibilities and risks posed by the new horizon of automobile technology: the driverless car. This insight into the potential future of transportation is well-researched, sprinkled with interesting anecdotes and accessible for both policymakers and the wider public, finds Joseph Savirimuthu.

2016/11/22 | Sarah Laskow

Why Did Ancient Italians Bury Thousands of Clay Body Parts?

Feet, hands, eyes, ears, arms, legs, uteri, heads...thousands upon thousands of body parts.

2016/11/22 | Wang Lianzhang

Sino Sequel to Emma Watson Book-Sharing Story

‘Harry Potter’ actress inspires Chinese netizens to leave books in metro stations and train carriages.

2016/11/20 | Dr. Chris Brisbin

The Cultural Functioning of Chinese Architectural ‘Knock-off’ Practices

China's reputation as the 'knock-off' nation has been taken to new heights.