LABOR

Asia’s Factory Workers in an AI-Driven World

Today in China, technology is removing the need for service staff in the most casual of experiences. Cameras equipped with facial recognition technology are being used in public toilets to…
FOOD

Cloned Food on Your Plate?

In the last few decades, animal cloning has been hotly discussed in key economic sectors such as the pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. More and more private companies are financing research…
CIVIL SOCIETY

Hong Kong Migrant Workers Take the Reins of Leadership

It was a typical Sunday for Nur Halimah. Early in the morning, she and her friends from the Hong Kong Indonesian Migrant Workers Co-op were busy in the kitchen that…
SPORTS

The Korean Games, Olympic and Otherwise

On February 9, 2018, the Winter Olympic Games will officially begin in the South Korean town of Pyeongchang. But Olympics-induced games of a diplomatic sort have already begun on the…
TECHNOLOGY

Beyond the US-China Race for Geotechnological Supremacy

We are living in an age of technological revolution unlike anything humankind has experienced before. The confluence of the internet, big data, artificial intelligence (AI), advanced manufacturing, and blockchain is…
GEOPOLITICS

Without America and Without a Plan

No country has benefited economically more than Australia from China’s recent, historically unprecedented growth and development. Yet few countries are more worried about the possible strategic implications of China’s rise.…
INEQUALITY

Addressing Inequality from Global and Asian Perspectives

Lucas Chancel: Global inequality is rising. But the different trajectories between countries show there is room to manoeuver. (4’50”) Instead of basing its findings only…
INEQUALITY

Why Inequality Divergence Between China and Russia?

Since 1980, many economies have experienced two concurrent trends: rising wealth-income ratios and increasing income inequality. These trends have been playing out particularly spectacularly in…
MONEY

When the Dollar Spoke Spanish

However problematical “global currency” may be to define, we in general know it when we use it. That currency today is the US dollar, but…
BELT AND ROAD

On the Doorstep of the Belt and Road Initiative

President Xi Jinping is wholly committed to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). He made this clear in front of a large gathering of world…
EDUCATION

MOOCs Turn Local into Global

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have sent shockwaves through higher education by opening up course content to any learner with internet access, free of charge.…
GENDER

China’s Forgotten Role in Western Second-Wave Feminism

What do we imagine when we refer to “the global” or “globalization”? As many scholars have pointed out, the Anglo-European experience has often been considered…
CHINA

Resurrection of the Middle Kingdom

During the 19th Communist Party Congress in Beijing, much of the global attention was focused on changes to the political leadership; even after the event…
IDEAS

Changing the World … in Small and Creative Ways

I was always told to make change, loads of change, as much change as I can muster, and make my mark on the world. Growing…
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