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Is China's Hard Power Undermining its Soft Power?

Nathan Gardels | Posted 06.16.2014 | World
Nathan Gardels

To put the Middle Kingdom's soft power in context, while China is building bullet trains to connect 80 percent of its cities, half of all Indians still lack toilets. China's newly aggressive posture in the East and South China Seas, not to mention its commercial cyberspying, threaten to undermine that soft power. This is not to say that China is singularly at fault or that some of its claims are not legitimate and that others, especially Japan, are not culpable in raising tensions. Everyone now also knows that American NSA cyberspying is globally pervasive. But it is to say that much of the rest of the world perceives a new confrontational tone in Beijing.

Even the Dead Travel in the Age of Globalization

Andrew Lam | Posted 01.23.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Andrew Lam

"'Til death do us part," that age-old marriage vow, has always sounded a little, well, non-committal to Confucian ears. In Vietnam, for instance, where I come from, death is not the end of relationships, it only deepens them.

Tiphares vs. Elysium -- Welcome to the Age of Appropriation

Andrew Lam | Posted 10.19.2013 | Entertainment
Andrew Lam

Elysium is the latest in a series of American productions that show how the Information Age has become the Age of Appropriation, one in which ideas and stories exist side by side for the borrowing, the taking, and ultimately, the mixing.

The Asian Face and the Rise of Cosmetic Surgery

Andrew Lam | Posted 05.21.2013 | Health and Fitness
Andrew Lam

Almost 4 decades ago, fresh from the refugee camp of Vietnam, I was first made acutely aware of my own Asian looks by a schoolyard bully in my junior ...

'Gangnam Style': Crossing Over in the New World

Andrew Lam | Posted 12.12.2012 | Entertainment
Andrew Lam

If America can make a movie called Kung Fu Panda, and have it become a number one hit in China, then it follows that a Korean artist, too, can rise to the top of the charts in America.

What Do You Do? Identity vs. Work, East vs. West

Andrew Lam | Posted 08.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Andrew Lam

A while back, when I was visiting my mother's ancestral village in Thai Binh province in northern Vietnam, it occurred to me that, after a barrage of questions from distant relatives, not once did anyone ask that common question in America: "So, what do you do?"

Ambergris: Dragon Spittle Fragrance

Dora Levy Mossanen | Posted 01.18.2012 | Weird News
Dora Levy Mossanen

During the early stages of research for my forthcoming novel, The Last Romanov, I came across more than a few fascinating natural wonders, but none as mesmerizing as ambergris and its origin.

Istanbul To Be Split In Two?

The Guardian | Justin Vela in Istanbul | Posted 06.18.2011 | World

Istanbul is renown as the place where east meets west, the only city in the world to straddle Europe and Asia. But it may soon lose this unique status...

The Atlas Mountains -- Berbers, Mules and Peaks in Morocco

Ben Colclough | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Ben Colclough

Morocco is famous in tourist circles -- primarily for Marrakech, and rightly so. With bustling souks, boutique riads and a medina full of storytellers and snake charmers, Marrakech is a true East-meets-West city.

2010 Census Return Rate Hits 72 Percent, Matches 2000 Census Return Rate

AP | HOPE YEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — It's down to the wire: With a few days left before final mail-in results are tallied, nearly three-fourths of U.S. households have ...

East Teaches West

Dr. Susan Corso | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Susan Corso

Can you even imagine 2008 Americans doing anything all at once? In harmony, in agreement, in service to the greater good? I can't. Not in the land of the free and the home of the brave.