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Ella Genasci Smith
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Ella Genasci Smith is a senior at Smith College where she is earning her bachelor's degree in political science with a focus on East Asia. Having spent her formative years in Hong Kong and learning Mandarin, she has found herself interested in China and the country’s environmental policy. At Smith, Ella has chosen to delve deeper into this area of study by writing an honors thesis investigating Chinese overseas oil investment in Angola and South Sudan. She is the opinions editor of the Smith College newspaper, The Sophian, and has had her writing published by China Water Risk, the World Resources Institute, Chinadialogue, and University College London's International Public Policy Review, among other publications.

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Beijing's Streets: Anything but Pedestrian

(2) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 9:42 AM

For those who've successfully traversed Beijing's roads: You know it's no ordinary feat.

China's Communist political system has roots planted in Confucianism, a set of ethical and philosophical beliefs that stress obedience and community over the individual.

Yet, as a Beijing pedestrian, I sit firmly at the bottom of...

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Response to Smith's Treatment of Christine Lagarde as Commencement Speaker

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 10:00 AM

On May 12 I woke up to an email from Smith College president, Kathleen McCartney, informing us of Christine Lagarde's decision to withdraw as the 2014 commencement speaker. Her decision, we were told, was due to anti-International Monetary Fund (IMF) protests across campus and a petition with over 400 signatures....

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