Taiwan’s Squishy Youth Get Fierce

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Prior to the dramatic occupation of Taiwan’s legislature by students on March 18, young Taiwanese in their 20s had either been dubbed the “strawberry generation” — supposedly fragile and squishy — or the “22K generation,” …

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Can Crowdfunding Change China?

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Crowdfunding, which allows web users to contribute small sums of money to fund collective projects like concerts and films, is taking off in China — and just how far it will go is more than …

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A Merkel, a Map, a Message to China?

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On March 28, German Chancellor Angela Merkel hosted visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping at a dinner where they exchanged gifts. Merkel presented to Xi a 1735 map of China made by prolific French cartographer Jean-Baptiste Bourguignon d’Anville …

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A Wrinkle to Those Hot Chinese Tech IPOs

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Investors, ready your wallets. In the past week, Sina Weibo, China’s massive microblogging platform with 280 million users, and Alibaba, the operator of China’s largest online marketplace which generated $1.84 billion in revenue in the fourth quarter of 2013 alone, have …

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China, We Fear You

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On March 18, thousands of students began a sit-in of Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan in the capital, Taipei, a historic first that has paralyzed the island’s lawmaking body. Students have amassed to protest an attempt by the Kuomintang, …

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