Voyage To the New World

Two weeks ago, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators were finally able to agree on a comprehensive plan to reform the U.S. immigration system. It seems like immigration is an issue we hear a lot about these days from politicians, political commentators,


Just last week, with Chinese New Year right around the corner, I got a call from my grandparents. Through my broken Chinese, I learned that they were making their annual journey by train to my uncle’s home just outside Beijing a bit

Chuck Jiang

  Name: Chuck Jiang Year: 2016 Hometown: Shanghai, China Possible Major: Film and Media Studies, Sociology-Anthropology From Shanghai to Swarthmore Hailing from cosmopolitan Shanghai, China’s cultural capital, Jiang is a first-year student. Growing up in the most populated city in China, Jiang

Preventing the United States/China Hunger Game

Since the late 1980’s when China — the kingdom in the middle of the world — began to regain its erstwhile prowess and glory, the world has become more and more obsessed with the very concept of global hegemony. To please and

Understanding China’s rare trade deficit, revisited

On March 10, China’s General Administration of Customs reported that its February monthly trade deficit had reached $31.5 billion, its weakest performance in more than two decades. Chinese imports surged by a faster-than-expected rate of 39.6 percent compared to February last year,

Imagining a world without Henry Kissinger(s)

This month 40 years ago, the world was shaken when President Richard Nixon and his national security adviser Henry Kissinger paid a historic visit to the People’s Republic of China. The visit was an exploration of the possibility of normalizing what would

The Coming Age of Pax Pacifica: chances and challenges

History has witnessed many eras of peace underpinned by a single nation possessing dominant economic and military power. For example, Pax Romana of the Roman Empire, Pax Mongolica of the Mongol Empire, Pax Britannica of the British Empire and Pax Americana of