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China Hands
China Hands is the Ivy League’s first student publication on US-China relations and aims to promote constructive dialogue on the world's most important bilateral relationship. Founded at Yale University in 2012, China Hands draws on the perspectives of students at both American and Chinese campuses. Recent notable interviewees include Alcoa CEO Klaus Kleinfeld, Teach for China cofounder Rachel Wasser, Brookings Institution' Cheng Li, investor Jim Rogers, and New York Times Shanghai bureau chief David Barboza. More information can be found at

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'Netspeak': The New Cultural Bridge

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2015 | 12:09 PM

Isabel Cruz interviews Véronique Michel, the author of China Online: Netspeak and Wordplay Used by over 700 Million Chinese Internet Users.

Véronique Michel could hardly contain her excitement as she described her favorite Chinese saying to me. "All of the wasted food you left will block your way to Heaven,"...

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Taipei's Sustainable Urban Design

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2015 | 2:43 AM

Michelle Peters discusses how Taipei's riverside park bike path system maintains outdoor green space and a symbiotic relationship with the natural environment, even in the midst of urban expansion.

It's a sunny Sunday afternoon in Taipei. The bike paths along the Xindian River are filled with large families out...

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Farmers Markets with Chinese Characteristics

(2) Comments | Posted May 10, 2015 | 2:36 AM

Marin Toscano explores the food industry in China: its world-famous corporations, farmers' markets, individual food vendors, and related food safety issues.

In the face of drastic food scandals like exploding watermelons pumped with growth stimulants and glow-in-the-dark pork contaminated by phosphorescent bacteria, finding a place to buy safe...

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From General to Junzi: The Changing Face of Chinese Food in America

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2015 | 2:33 AM

Lucas Sin explores the past, present, and future of Chinese-American food.

A new Chinese restaurant, Junzi Kitchen, is opening on Broadway in small city New Haven, CT. And they're promising to brew a small scale revolution in American-Chinese cuisine. For starters they're not serving General Tso's chicken. They're...

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Eye of the Storm

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2015 | 2:19 AM

Yifu Dong reviews a book of memoirs on the Cultural Revolution Memory of the Storm

When I was attending Beijing No. 4 High School, one of the best-known high schools in China, I had heard of the role of my school in the Cultural Revolution. However, it is...

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Long Journey to Inclusion

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2015 | 2:15 AM

Scarlett Zuo visits "Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion," an exhibition at the New York Historical Society.

After an endless journey across the Pacific, you have finally made it to shore. But all of a sudden, you are pushed into a small room, where three tall, stern white men look down...

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Lasting Relations, New Hopes

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2015 | 2:02 AM

Editor-in-Chief Teddy Miller sits down with former United States Ambassador to China Winston Lord at the China Hands 2014 Fall Issue Launch Event.

It was a celebration: the China Hands 2014 Fall Issue launch event. Writers, editors, designers and business team members crowded into the Trumbull Room of...

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American Universities Opening Up Shop in China -- Sino-Foreign Joint Education Ventures

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2015 | 1:32 AM

Lillian Foote discusses how foreign and domestic universities are linking up in China to create new learning environments.

Along Century Avenue, a major street in the heart of Shanghai's Lujiazui business district, there stands a sleek fifteen-story glass and concrete building. With its floor-to-ceiling windows and crisp sharp...

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Beyond the Gaokao: How Chinese Students Earn Tickets to College

(1) Comments | Posted May 10, 2015 | 1:28 AM

Qi recounts three stories of students making to college through ways other than the Gaokao.

Mention China's university recruitment process to any American and they will immediately talk about the Gaokao. When it comes to Western news reports, the Gaokao, or the national higher education entrance exam, dominates the media....

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The Transplanted "Flowers of the Motherland"

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2015 | 1:25 AM

Zara Zhang examines the experiences of Chinese students studying abroad in the United States

In China, young people are often referred to as "flowers of the Motherland"-- a simile that conveys their freshness and rootedness. In return for the Motherland's nurturing, Chinese youths are expected to take it...

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On the Margins: Migrant Education in Beijing

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2015 | 1:22 AM

Emily Feng investigates how China's migrant workers and their children, shut out of the public education system have long pursued education at quasi-illegal "migrant schools." Now China is urbanizing again - and migrant education is changing.

Sometime last summer, I found myself in Changping district, on the outskirts...

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Chinese Consumers Go Mobile

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2015 | 1:16 AM

David Yin examines the rise of mobile commerce in China and its potential impact on the composition of the nation's economy.

"In the US, e-commerce is just online shopping. In China, e-commerce is a lifestyle," said Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba, which went public on Nasdaq In September...

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The Hide and Seek of Jiang Wen

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2015 | 12:47 AM

Wenbin Gao reviews the popular Chinese blockbuster, Gone with the Bullets, directed by Jiang Wen.

"In any case, I can't make a film about [contemporary issues] now. It would be rejected instantly by censors and there'd be worse trouble. I turned to historical films because they pass censors...

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Venezuela: A Worthy Investment?

(1) Comments | Posted May 10, 2015 | 12:41 AM

Nathan Williams assesses the uncertain future of Chinese investment in Latin America.

Puerto Cabello, Venezuela. The time is 0430. Monstrous ships sit in port, loading up on Venezuela's lifeline: crude oil. By the end of the day, these massive tankers will have exported 2 million barrels of Venezuela's...

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China's Sustainable Cities of the Future

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2015 | 12:36 AM

Megan Ruan examines the emergence of eco-cities as a potential solution to Chinese environmental and economic troubles.

On a sunny afternoon in Jiangxi Province, Professor Roger Ruan of the University of Minnesota stands on a grassy knoll overlooking . . . another grassy knoll. To the unsuspecting...

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Lingering Shadows: A Retrospective on 228 and the White Terror

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 4:45 PM

Gideon Welles investigates how the 228 Incident and the White Terror, two dark chapters of Taiwanese history, are looked upon today.

"Each man was trussed up and the lot were bound together, neck-to-neck, by heavy cords. They were headed toward the river on the outskirts of town and there could...

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The Pearl Harbors: China's Port Diplomacy

(1) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 4:40 PM

Siyu Yang reflects on what China's "One Belt, One Road" strategy means for India-China and US-China relations.

Flip to the back of a five rupee Pakistani note and you will see red-orange cranes amid a seascape of soft, complementary blue. The illustration is of Gwadar Port, brainchild of the Pakistani...

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Red Capital: Media Ownership and Self-Censorship in Hong Kong

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 4:37 PM

Emily Harris examines Hong Kong media's gradual loss of autonomy and predicts its future

In the fall of 2014, the Umbrella Movement hurled Hong Kong into the international spotlight as hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets in the name of democracy and true universal suffrage. However,...

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The Changing Face of China's Military: Changes in PLA Military Diplomacy Under Xi Jinping

(2) Comments | Posted April 12, 2015 | 5:25 PM

At a meeting that took place in Beijing in January 2015, Chinese President and Chairman of the Central Military Commission Xi Jinping called upon People's Liberation Army (PLA) officers to start "a new phase of military diplomacy." During the meeting, Xi explained the crucial role of PLA foreign relations in...

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China 'Going Out' 2.0: Dawn of a New Era for Chinese Investment Abroad

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2015 | 2:22 PM

China High-speed rail

China's 'Going Out' policy is undergoing a major upgrade. Devised at the turn of the century, the policy encouraged Chinese enterprises, backed by the country's foreign-exchange reserves, to acquire assets and expand business overseas. This initiative facilitated...

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