Category Archives: China

Trump Ruins Everything

How a Trump presidency would destabilize Asia, and South Korea in particular: “Whatever choices are debated within Japan, other nations in Asia would be highly sensitive to a Japan untethered from the United States. A kaleidoscopic series of changes in attitudes … Continue reading

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Consider The (Maine) Lobster

Maine is seeing a lobster boom both in terms of pounds caught and demand from China.  It’s good for fisherman, but also kind of complicated: “Each of Maine’s 5,785 lobstermen is an independent business: A license allows its holder to … Continue reading

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Old Wounds

In South Korea, the bodies of fallen Chinese soldiers who fought on the side of North Korea are being exhumed and returned during a relative diplomatic thaw between the two countries: “These are the graves of Chinese and North Korean … Continue reading

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Holidays In The Sun

In South Korea, a glut of tour agencies are chasing Chinese tourism dollars by offering commissions to Chinese tour agencies.  There are also various kick-backs to Korean hotels and restaurants and shopping areas, leading to one big mess of “dirt-cheap … Continue reading

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Trying To Turn The Page

South Korea and Japan have agreed to an aid package concerning the former country’s “comfort women, “ who were forced into sexual slavery during the 1930’s and 1940’s by the Japanese Imperial Army.  It sounds like a good thing, and not … Continue reading

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Behave

In Europe you have the phenomenon of the “Ugly American.”  In Asia, it’s quickly becoming the “Ugly Chinese Tourist”: “China’s economy has boomed over the past decade, expanding the ranks of its middle-class who are hungry for foreign travel after … Continue reading

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Test Politics

Chinese government officials are complaining that the SAT, the standard American college entrance exam, is forcing “American values on its best and brightest”: “The news agency’s report cited commentary published recently in the South China Morning Post, a Hong Kong newspaper, … Continue reading

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It’s On In Hong Kong

Tensions over children shitting in public have become kind of a big deal in Hong Kong, where ostensibly “backwards” mainlanders think it’s O.K. to let their kid go in when necessay: “The stink has hardly dissipated. On Sunday, a dozen … Continue reading

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Soft Power

I’m not cut out for K-dramas but this story, about the insane popularity of a Korean drama in China, is fascinating nonetheless: “Many viewed the popularity of the Korean drama as a heavy blow to Chinese confidence in their culture. … Continue reading

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Ugly Tourists

Chinese tourists now spend more than any other country’s tourists: “With the proliferating numbers has come the predictable but mostly misplaced sentiment that Chinese travellers have taken over from Americans as the world’s new ‘ugly’ tourists. The trend for independent … Continue reading

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