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Should Chinese Americans Support Peter Liang?

By Chun-Fai Chan

(Mr. Chan was a Chinese-American former educator in Boston and is now graduate student in the Master’s of Public Administration program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.)

Dear Chinese Americans, We Need to Have a Talk About Race in America.

The recent Chinese American protests in support of Officer Peter Liang have made me uneasy about how little Chinese Americans know about the complicated issues of race in America. It is time that we as Chinese Americans start to have this conversation, because it is clearly not as simple as supporting Officer Liang because he is “one of us”. This premise actually dismisses all the complications of how race has shaped Chinese American lives in America and also dismisses the lives of the people who are the true victims of this tragedy, Akai Gurley and his family.
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Mayor Walsh’s March 2016 Address to the Boston Municipal Research Bureau

Thank you, Matt [Kiefer], thank you Sam [Tyler]. Thank you everyone for supporting the Municipal Research Bureau. I’d also like to thank Bob Gallery for his service as the Chair of the Boston Public Library Board of Trustees, as well as new trustee Cheryl Cronin. And I’d like to introduce some new team leaders in the City of Boston.
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A Fresh Look at Gender, Feminism and Sexuality in the Heritage Film

By Na Ma, Ohio University

Pride and Prejudice (2005), as one of the famous Heritage films, tells the story of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet’s five unmarried daughters after Mr. Bingley and his friend, Mr. Darcy have moved into their neighborhood. Bingley soon falls in love with the eldest daughter, Jane Bennet, while Darcy and the second-eldest daughter Elizabeth Bennet painstakingly get together after several dramas and clashes. The film, set in early 19th century, was shot in England over a fifteen-week period. It shows England’s most imposing mansions and landscapes, such as the Peak District National Park.
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Transnationalism and 1930s British Cinema

By Na Ma, Ohio Univeristy

The forms and institutions of mainstream British cinema have a hegemonic function. In fact, British Cinema is generally considered to have successfully shaped “the national life” and achieved a “high degree of consensus” (Adamthwaite 288). This significant element undoubtedly characterizes British society and contributed to the remarkable stability of British society[1] during the 1930s, when the United Kingdom, like most other countries in the world, was shaken by economic depression, but which had also experienced several labor turmoil in the mid 1920s.
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Comparing Jewish Americans and Asian Americans

By S. B. Woo, President, 80-20 Educational Foundation

Introduction: 80-20 Initiative, the Asian American political action committee, isdevoted to advance civil rights of Asian Americans the second half of the article)
CA Assemblyman Ted Liew, speaking at our 2008 Endorsement Convention
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Modular Innovation and China’s Opportunities

By Xue Zhaofeng , speech at US-China Hi-Tech Summit, Boston 2015

I’m pleased to give some remarks on behalf of Peking University Business School’s (BiMBA) “Modular Innovation and China’s Opportunities” delegation. Our members are mostly from the EMBA alumni of Peking University Business School (BIMBA). All of them are excellent leaders from the investment and industry fields. Our trip to the United States is to search for the origins of innovation, and to explore new technologies, new business models, and new business opportunities.
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Did Mao Say “Better to Let Half of the People Die”?

By Xujun Eberlein

Nearly two years ago, when I translated Yang Jisheng’s response to Dikötter’s strange comments on Tombstone, I said I was intensely interested to find out whether Mao really said “It is better to let half of the people die so that the other half can eat their fill,” and if he did, in what context. I received a couple of clues, but none provided the complete context, and I have been left wondering since. I even sent an email to Yang Jisheng asking if he knew about this Mao quote, but did not hear back – perhaps the email address I got from a journalist friend was no longer valid.
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General Lee and the Forgotten History of the Last Battles of China’s Civil War

By Dr. Ted Lee, translated by Eric Wu,

Born in 1902 at the Licun Village, Yinzhuang Town in Lingbao County of Henan Province, Major General Lee Xuezheng graduated from the 5th Advanced Program of the Republic of China Military Academy. His father’s name was Lee Yingtian, and his mother’s maiden name was Lu. His family was quite prosperous. Being the only child in his family, Lee always exercised filial piety. He had three knuckles on his left pinkie instead of two, which was abnormal compared to others. His parents introduced him to some Kungfu masters, letting him learn and practice Chinese Martial Arts, so that no one could bully him.

Lee graduated from the ninth Province High School in Shanzhou. Later he worked as a lecturer at the first Lingbao County Elementary Schools. Seeing the rampant banditry and the horrible chaos that had occurred while the people in his home town were suffering from poverty, he decided to join the army in order to eliminate the bandits. In 1928, he walked to Kaifeng, the capital city of Henan Province, carrying his luggage. Then he was appointed the mayor of the Haozhen District by the province to settle the trouble of banditry in that most terrible area. In 1930, he became the commander of the self-defensive militia, during which he was nearly murdered three times. Due to his contribution to suppressing the bandits, he was promoted as the commander of bandit suppression of the New Seventh County in Yongmian, Luwen, Shanling in the western Henan Province. By the end of 1931, Lee’s militia had been reorganized into the Independent 454th Regiment by General Zhang Fang of the 20th Army in the National Revolutionary Army (NRA) at the Town of Ouchi in Mianchi County. Lee was appointed the commander of this regiment. Later he was promoted to the 227th Brigade in the 76th Division as the commander, participating in the banditry-suppressing campaigns repeatedly.
Picture above: Lee as the commander of the 67th Division (in the middle of the back row), Lin Weichou as the commander of the 62nd Army (right in the front row), taken between 1947 and 1948 in Tianjin.
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Hillarynomics = Socialism?

By Sun Chenghao, assistant research fellow, Institute of American Studies at China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations

Hillary Clinton is seeking the Democrat Party’s nomination for US President in 2016. She unveiled her economic plan on July 13 at the New School in New York City. To the surprise of no one, there was nothing impressive in the speech. Nevertheless despite stumbling on the campaign trail, she could still win the White House. Yet, she will just be the female version of Obama, making promises of ‘hope and change,’ but never delivering on them. She is claiming that if elected, she would resolve the rising income inequality gap, which millions of Americans care about, although she lives in a huge mansion and her neighbors are Wall Street bankers. Clinton called it, the “defining economic challenge of our time”. A report released by the Brookings Institution in March 2015 concluded that from 2002 to 2013, the incomes of most households in the U.S. stagnated or declined. The median U.S. household earned $51,939 in 2013, 9 percent drop from $56,900 in 1999. Yes, the income inequality gap has widened under a Democrat Party president in the White House.
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An American Teacher’s Advice to Chinese Students on Learning English

By Jennifer Rose Nelson

My time in Hangzhou is drawing to a close, and I want to extend my gratitude generally to the kind people of this city, and specifically to the more than 400 HFLS students I had the pleasure of teaching this past semester. I bow to your studious, curious natures and credit you with revitalizing my passion for education. Many of you are working towards studying or working in English-speaking communities, and now that gaokao is over and final exams are nearly upon us, I am certain that I know what you are thinking as summer vacation approaches: how can I use all of this glorious free time to improve my English? Fortunately, I’m here to offer you some parting advice on how to improve your already-impressive command of my native language.
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A System Engineering Professsor’s View on The Greek Economic Crisis

By Larry Ho, Gordon McKay Professor of Systems Engineering, Emeritus, Harvard University

The current problem facing Greece and the Eurozone has been dominating the news lately. The reports people sees in newspaper and broadcasts make the problem overly complex, difficult to understand and resolve. As a citizen of the US, this is my own simplified view:
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Department of Education Has Let Asian-American Communities Down Again

By Organizing Committee, Asian American Coalition

Short Hills, New Jersey, July 8, 2015, — We are very disappointed to learn that the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), U.S. Department of Education has recently dismissed our Administrative Complaint against Harvard University filed on May 15, 2015. Even though our Complaint presented overwhelming evidences indicating that Harvard University has been engaged in continuous and systemic discriminatory practices against Asian-American applicants, OCR chose to dismiss our Complaint citing a procedural ground. The Department of Education has clearly let Asian-American communities down.
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When Did WWII Start and How Long Did It Last?

By Eric Wu,

As we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII this year, many people are wondering when WWII did start? Answers to this question many depend on which ocean you are looking at.
This 1942 USPS stamp commemorates the five-year anniversary of China’s resistance against Japanese invasion(file photo).
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