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If South Korea's Pop Culture Can Make It, What About Hong Kong?

Marcella Ho

If Hong Kong’s popular culture was once a sharp sword, does its society have any interest in sharpening the rusty weapon?


Trump's Wrecking Ball Hits US–Asia Relations

T J Pempel

'By the six-month mark, the Trump administration is well on its way to upending 70 years of regional partnerships, institutional allegiances and soft power appeal through cavalier neglect and wilful destruction.'


Taiwanese Fashion Designer on Disrupting Fashion, Eastern Traditions, Soft Power

Olivia Yang

'Every place in the world is looking for its own unique feature now,' says fashion designer Justin Chou. 'You need to go back to your roots to create something different.'


China Tries New Tactics as it Loses its Soft Power War on the West

Sacha Cody

The percentage of people around the world who hold a favorable perception of China declined from 48 per cent in 2007 to 40 per cent in 2016.


FEATURE: Inside Beijing's Project Teaching Thai Students Chinese

Shuhei Omi

Thousands of Chinese college graduates, sponsored by the Chinese government, teach Chinese in Thai public schools. But does it help China’s soft power?


Kung-Fu Yoga: China's Soft Power Drive Goes Awry

Reviews have slammed it as a "mangled mess" and a "snoozefest masquerading as a film," but what else does it say about China's soft power drive?


Taiwan Filmmaker Denies ‘Pro-Independence’ Claim by Chinese Media

ZiQing Low

The Taiwanese director is now being accused of bowing to Chinese pressure.


The Effectiveness of the Chinese Cultural Centers and Confucius Institutes

Xiaoling Zhang

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?


Taiwan’s Trouble Talking to the World

Gary Rawnsley

Taiwan faces an uphill struggle in communicating with the world; it is essential that the appropriate bureaucratic structures are put in place to make facing that struggle a little easier.

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