Captain America Conquers China

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SHANGHAI — This week, while U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s trip to China was underscoring bilateral tensions between the two powers, the Chinese masses were busy embracing another U.S. visitor. The Marvel superhero sequel Captain America: The …

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Chinese Authorities’ Tough Sell: Paraxylene

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On the morning of March 30, hundreds of residents of Maoming, a medium-sized city in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong, hit the streets to protest a proposed expansion to an existing petrochemical plant jointly run by …

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A Map of China, By Stereotype

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Why is the northwestern Chinese region of Xinjiang “so chaotic?” Why are many from the southern metropolis of Shanghai “unfit to lead”? And do people from central Henan Province really steal manhole covers? These are …

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Why It’s Dangerous to Say ‘We Are All Chinese’

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When 34-year-old Hong Kong singer and actress Ella Koon penned a column for the respected local paper Ming Pao on Jan. 24 entitled “Kick Out Hatred and Discrimination,” she was trying to beseech her fellow Hong Kong residents to be more …

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Why Is The Big Bang Theory Big in China?

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When producers at U.S. network CBS launched a show in 2007 chronicling the daily lives and dating woes of four nerdy California Institute of Technology scientists and their cute female neighbor, they almost certainly didn’t …

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