Gao Yunxiang, professor of history at Ryerson University, highlights the close relationships between three famous African Americans and two notable Chinese artists in the early twentieth century.

Buck Clayton and his Harlem Gentlemen perform at Shanghai’s Canidrome 文化广场 in the 1930s

In the steamy July of 1933, the American writer Langston Hughes (1902–1967) sojourned from Moscow to “incredible” Shanghai via Japan, becoming the first…

Wendy Leutert, Elizabeth Plantan, and Austin Strange explain how international NGOs are working with Chinese state-owned companies on development projects outside of China.

Construction of water infrastructure as part of the IMAGINE (Integrated Maji Infrastructure and Governance Initiative for Eastern Congo) program in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Image courtesy of Mercy Corps.

Two parallel trends within the field of international development are converging. The first is the rise of Chinese state-owned enterprises (SOEs) as dominant players in the global…

Arunabh Ghosh, Associate Professor of History at Harvard University, writes in The Quint about how the dramatic growth of ethno-nationalism in China and India is a driving force behind their current border tensions.

Galwan Valley, China-India border

Recent clashes between Chinese and Indian soldiers along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Galwan Valley…

Ya-wen Lei, Assistant Professor of Sociology, examines how Taiwan as a democratic developmental and welfare state managed to contain the outbreak of Coronavirus.

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The Grand Hotel in Taipei lit up with “zero” to mark two consecutive days of no new Coronavirus cases in Taiwan. Image: AFP

Despite its exclusion from the World Health Organization (WHO) and its geographic proximity to China, Taiwan has…

Courtesy: Lisa Ross Photography

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A new photography exhibition at Harvard University depicts everyday life in Xinjiang, China’s westernmost region. The photographs, taken by Lisa Ross, depict beds and their occupants outside in the open air. Sleeping outdoors is a traditional means to keep cool in the hot desert climate for many Uyghurs, Xinjiang’s Muslim-majority…

Kevin Wei Luo (A.M. ‘15), PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Toronto, examines the impact of Taiwan’s 2020 general election on the island’s political parties.

President Tsai Ing-wen and Premier William Lai. Photo: Reuters

International media has touted Tsai Ing-wen and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) victory over Han Kuo-yu and the Kuomintang (KMT) as an…

Image: How Hwee Young/EPA

Voters in the Republic of China on Taiwan headed to the polls on Saturday January 10, 2020 for the island’s seventh competitive general election. We asked scholars of Taiwan for their opinion about the election’s outcome, and what this means for Taiwan’s immediate future.

Contributors: Katherine Alexander, James Gethyn Evans, Steven M. Goldstein, Ya-wen Lei, Sara Newland, Emma J. Teng and Wen-hui Anna Tang, and George Yin.

Greater Taiwan: Watching the Election from the U.S.

Katherine Alexander, Assistant Professor of Chinese at the University of Colorado, Boulder, observes how Taiwan’s election played out among those in the U.S. …

Election rally for Tsai Ing-wen, Jan. 10, 2020, Kaohsiung. Photo: Wen-hui Tang

Emma J. Teng, Professor at M.I.T., and Wen-hui Anna Tang, Professor at National Sun Yat-sen University Taiwan, discuss democratic values in Taiwan’s election.

In the lead up to Taiwan’s election on January 11, 2020, a television ad featuring young voters promoted a heartwarming narrative exhorting busy 20-somethings to put aside…

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