Globalization of Japanese Higher Education
Society,East Asia
By Yijiang Zhong - 29 Nov 2016

Globalization of Japanese Higher Education

The Japanese government has since the 2000s sped up efforts to globalize the country’s higher education system in order to overcome the long-term crisis resulting from the decline of Japan’s international competitiveness in the age of globalization.
A New Agenda: America and the World under Trump
Politics,Society

By Yongnian Zheng - 17 Nov 2016

A New Agenda: America and the World under Trump

Circles and Circles: An Artistic Look at China’s Nation Building
Society,China

By Rui Zhuo - 16 Nov 2016

Circles and Circles: An Artistic Look at China’s Nation Building

Trumped!
Politics,Society

Trumped!

The pollsters’ belief that shy Trump voters did not exist turned out to be spectacularly wrong, when groups including college-educated white men and non-college-educated white women, turned out instead to be Trump supporters. Clinton’s campaign failed to recognize how intersectionality would complicate the voting behavior of different groups in the electorate.
New Measures to Douse China’s Housing Frenzy
Economy,Society,China

New Measures to Douse China’s Housing Frenzy

Several factors underpin the latest housing boom in China. The central government’s de-stocking strategy is a big contributor. The easy monetary and cheap credit environment has boosted the development of the capital-intensive real estate industry. The declining supply and the rising price of land have pushed up housing prices in the high-tier cities.
By Zhihua Zhou - 04 Nov 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
The Crisis in Democracy
Politics,Society

The Crisis in Democracy

The global crisis in democracy is not just limited to Erdoğan, Duterte, and Trump. Europe “is entering an election supercycle in which four of Europe’s five largest economies have votes that will almost certainly mean serious gains for right-wing populists and nationalists.”
Has Democracy Failed America? The Final Presidential Debate
Politics,Society

Has Democracy Failed America? The Final Presidential Debate

Many observers commented that the quality of the presidential debates was far worse than they had expected. Remarks and comments made by both candidates had little to do with policies but a lot to do with personal attack or disparagement.
Colombia Rejects Peace Deal: Chinese Investments in Doubt?
Economy,Society

Colombia Rejects Peace Deal: Chinese Investments in Doubt?

The peace deal between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia had proposed “reforms aimed at bringing the rebels into the political system, addressing drug trafficking through crop substitution and allowing for reduced prison sentences for rebels who lay down their arms.”  
Rebalancing Fiscal Capacity and Expenditure Responsibility in China
Economy,Society,China

Rebalancing Fiscal Capacity and Expenditure Responsibility in China

One major issue is the mismatch between local governments’ fiscal capacity and their expenditure responsibility. In recent years, local governments have been responsible for over 80 percent of government expenditure, while being assigned only about 50 percent of government revenue.
By Jiwei Qian - 09 Sep 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Crisis in the World Order: The Result of Three Major Transformations
Politics,Society

Crisis in the World Order: The Result of Three Major Transformations

The first is the transformation from the national to the global economy. The second is the transformation from elite to mass democracy. The third is the shift in the focus of knowledge from the world to the local, and from the macro to the micro scale.  
Pokémon Go and Cultural “Soft Power”
Society,Cyberspace,East Asia

Pokémon Go and Cultural “Soft Power”

The phenomenon of Pokémon Go was built on the foundations of the real-world physical Pokémon products of the 1990s and early 2000s which was a runaway hit with kids and its influence shaped an entire generation of American children through primetime TV.
By Tai Wei Lim - 31 Aug 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
The Politically Incorrect Allure of Donald Trump
Politics,Society

The Politically Incorrect Allure of Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s supporters see him as having “the guts to say what he wants,” and he is “saying what a lot of what America’s feeling right now.” Some who find themselves shocked by his politically incorrect speech still find themselves attracted to his message.
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