Harmony in a World of Contradictions
Society,China
By Peter Kien-hong Yu - 25 Apr 2017

Harmony in a World of Contradictions

We live in a world of contradictions. However, there is no doubt that the Chinese mind and heart prefer to emphasize harmony. Confucius speaks of the Middle Way. Facing a dilemma, a person would choose not to go to extremes.
Asia’s Cultural and Intellectual Rejuvenation
Society,Southeast Asia

By Michael S. H. Heng - 25 Apr 2017

Asia’s Cultural and Intellectual Rejuvenation

Functionalism and Global Cooperation
Politics,Society

By Tai Wei Lim - 13 Apr 2017

Functionalism and Global Cooperation

China’s Mega-Urbanization Woes
Society,China

China’s Mega-Urbanization Woes

China has achieved urbanization in about 30 years, a process that took the West more than a century. However, if we look closely, the journey has been perilous and quality has suffered, not to mention there are many uncertainties that abound in the urban landscape.
How Is Social Media Shaping Our Perspectives?
Society,Cyberspace

How Is Social Media Shaping Our Perspectives?

Among all internet tools, social media is one of the most powerful platforms that shape our perceptions of ourselves, others, and the world. With increasing internet penetration, what seems to be a virtual world to the older generation is in fact indispensable to the younger generations.  
The Rise of Women in Japanese Politics
Society,East Asia

The Rise of Women in Japanese Politics

Opposition party leader Renho Murata is the first half-Japanese and half-Taiwanese leader to assume this important portfolio. Defence Minister, Tomomi Inada, has held impressive portfolios in the past, including the Minister in charge of promoting “Cool Japan”.  
By Tai Wei Lim - 06 Apr 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
The Dolezal Controversy and the Possibility of Transracial Identity
Society

The Dolezal Controversy and the Possibility of Transracial Identity

To avoid bad faith, Rachel Dolezal has to accept that she is not just living the transcendence of her desired racial identity, but that her identity has been shaped by the facticity of her having undergone a radical transition from her racial lineage.
Governing Shanghai: The International Regimes Dimension
Society,China

Governing Shanghai: The International Regimes Dimension

International governance is a rising mainstream school of thought, which may replace realism/neo-realism and others as the primary paradigm in the study of international society. One of the best governance tools in our anarchic world is the international regime.
Becoming an “Enabling State”? The Adoption of Purchase-of-Services in China
Society,China

Becoming an “Enabling State”? The Adoption of Purchase-of-Services in China

This initiative transfers previous state in-house production to government purchase-of-services, and enables social organizations to produce and deliver social services in several projects. In China, project-based and post-based purchases are two typical models.
By Zhuoyi Wen - 09 Mar 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Why Japan Has to Keep Apologizing
Politics,Society,East Asia

Why Japan Has to Keep Apologizing

Why did Shinzo Abe not follow the footsteps of then-German Chancellor Willy Brandt who unexpectedly fell to his knees towards the victims of the April 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and remained there for more than a minute?
The Persistence of National Memories of Trauma
Society,Southeast Asia

The Persistence of National Memories of Trauma

In February 2017, the name of an exhibition on the Second World War had to be changed following a public outcry over their perception of the historical insensitivity of the exhibition’s name to the victims and survivors of the Japanese Occupation of Singapore.  
The Governing Logic of the Chinese Communist Party
Politics,Society,China

The Governing Logic of the Chinese Communist Party

Deng Xiaoping, having witnessed in the early 1990s the fall of communist regimes in eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, correctly analysed that the regimes’ downfalls were due to their inability to develop their economies and provide welfare for their people.  
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