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Money

When the Dollar Spoke Spanish

Thursday, January 25, 2018

What makes a currency global? The Spanish peso that started circulating internationally in the 16th century offers a case study. The opening of new trade routes and security innovations made it the world's most widely demanded currency. It facilitated the integration of China, the Americas, and Europe into a world economy, creating a status quo that lasted until the 19th century.

Geopolitics

On the Doorstep of the Belt and Road Initiative

Thursday, January 25, 2018

The continents-spanning Belt and Road Initiative may appear to be a leviathan, but a closer look at both it and China’s global quest for resources tells a more nuanced story. Even for the most authoritative of actors, situations don’t always work out as they do on paper.

Media, Science & the Arts

MOOCs Turn Local into Global

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The popularization of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) has led universities to rethink their missions. “Hong Kong Cinema Through a Global Lens,” a prize-winning MOOC at The University of Hong Kong, combines classroom and online learning to enhance students' exposure to the world. Far from taking teachers out of the learning experience, the MOOC enriches the value of the student-teacher relationship beyond the classroom.

Politics

Integrating Science and Social Science in Disaster Management

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Disaster-prone Asian countries are well aware of the urgent need to set up disaster management strategies. Siloed bureaucratic processes only hinder these efforts, as resilience comes from better engagement of local communities and the exploration of multiple sources of knowledge.

Media, Science & the Arts

Changing the World ... in Small and Creative Ways

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Sometimes, the smallest change creates the biggest impact. This is the guiding ethos of Micro Galleries, a global arts initiative that recently completed a community-based project in a Jakarta kampung. Micro Galleries director Kat Roma Greer details her experience with a powerful form of intervention of which funding bodies should take note.

Economy

Rise of East Asia in the Global Innovation Index

Thursday, January 4, 2018

With their focus on economic development through innovation, the countries of East Asia are rising quickly through the ranks of the Global Innovation Index. These countries are not merely growing individually—they are growing with one another.

Economy

Making Sense of Global Disorder

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Global economies seem to be doing reasonably well in the face of an array of potentially destabilizing political issues. But this may not last if we do not tackle a non-inclusive pattern of growth and do more to address the needs of people and societies.

Inclusiveness

China’s Forgotten Role in Western Second-Wave Feminism

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Among the many unacknowledged examples of “Asia the global” is the inspiration Western second-wave feminism derived from revolutionary China. Though not wholly influenced by Chinese ideas, second-wave feminism found in aspects of revolutionary China an ideological and practical model.

Security

Towards One Global Privacy Law

Thursday, January 4, 2018

A unified, global data privacy framework is becoming essential for the unhindered development of business across borders. For researchers at the Data Privacy Foundation in New Zealand, this can only be achieved in Asia via a bottom-up approach.

Economy

The Palace and the Harbor

Thursday, January 4, 2018

As fair trade and corporate social responsibility (CSR) gain traction as responses to a perceived neglect of ethics in business today, a look back at Asia-Europe exchanges in the early modern era reminds us that trade has always been a moral endeavor.

Population & Society

Leadership at Universities, from the U.K. to Hong Kong

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Professor Peter Mathieson, president and vice-chancellor of The University of Hong Kong, shares his thoughts on the nature of leadership, with lessons both universal and particular to different contexts.