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David Volodzko
David Volodzko took his MA at the State University of New York where his research included human behavior and cross-cultural communication. He is a former university lecturer and has been published with The Jamestown Foundation, openDemocracy, South China Morning Post, and The Washington Monthly. He is also the author of the blog Rational Consent.
China's Koreans, Part II: Lost to History
August 25, 2015
China's Koreans, Part II: Lost to History
Korean Chinese don't fit easily into traditional or CCP narratives of history.
China's Koreans, Part II: Lost to History
China’s Koreans, Part I: A Brief History
August 21, 2015
China’s Koreans, Part I: A Brief History
The history of China's ethnic Koreans, most of whom live in Jilin Province.
China’s Koreans, Part I: A Brief History
Is China on the Cusp of Change?
August 14, 2015
Is China on the Cusp of Change?
Despite oppressive policies, China's leader is the most popular in the world. But for how long?
Is China on the Cusp of Change?
Taiwan's Academic Future
August 10, 2015
Taiwan's Academic Future
Beijing has a problem with books that don't align with its positions -- even textbooks published by other governments.
Taiwan's Academic Future
The Rise of the Tuhao
August 03, 2015
The Rise of the Tuhao
The same group of entitled nouveau riche that gives China a bad name abroad is reviled at home as well.
The Rise of the Tuhao
What Does SARS Have to do With China’s Cybersecurity Law?
July 30, 2015
What Does SARS Have to do With China’s Cybersecurity Law?
How Chinese censorship actually kills people.
What Does SARS Have to do With China’s Cybersecurity Law?
Beijing’s South China Sea Rhetoric Is Fooling No One
July 28, 2015
Beijing’s South China Sea Rhetoric Is Fooling No One
China's anti-Japanese rhetoric only masks Beijing's own misbehavior in the Asia-Pacific region.
Beijing’s South China Sea Rhetoric Is Fooling No One
The Hypocrisy of China’s War on Pollution
July 23, 2015
The Hypocrisy of China’s War on Pollution
China's government talks often about a "war on pollution," but refuses to equip its greatest weapon: public awareness.
The Hypocrisy of China’s War on Pollution
An American Poet's Love of China
July 21, 2015
An American Poet's Love of China
Poet Marianne Moore had a fascination with China that found expression in her work.
An American Poet's Love of China
The Disturbing Pseudo-Intellectualism of China's Xi Jinping
July 17, 2015
The Disturbing Pseudo-Intellectualism of China's Xi Jinping
Even while airing his admiration for classic literature, Xi maintains strict controls on China's authors.
The Disturbing Pseudo-Intellectualism of China's Xi Jinping
How 'Made in China' Became a Stigma
July 16, 2015
How 'Made in China' Became a Stigma
Is there any hope that "Made in China" can overcome its current negative connotations?
How 'Made in China' Became a Stigma
China's Confucius Institutes and the Soft War
July 08, 2015
China's Confucius Institutes and the Soft War
With the closing of Confucius Institutes, China may be heading for a "soft power" war with the West.
China's Confucius Institutes and the Soft War
The Coffee-Drinker's Guide to China
July 01, 2015
The Coffee-Drinker's Guide to China
What does it take to find a great cup of coffee in the Middle Kingdom?
The Coffee-Drinker's Guide to China
Censorship in China: An Ordinary Tragedy
June 29, 2015
Censorship in China: An Ordinary Tragedy
People in China are quite used to the "Great Firewall."
Censorship in China: An Ordinary Tragedy
The Danger of China's Cultural Protectionism
June 26, 2015
The Danger of China's Cultural Protectionism
By shutting down cultural events and attacking internationalism, Beijing is only hurting itself.
The Danger of China's Cultural Protectionism
China’s Biggest Taboos: The Three Ts
June 23, 2015
China’s Biggest Taboos: The Three Ts
Three subjects where thinking differently is forbidden.
China’s Biggest Taboos: The Three Ts
The Changing Face of Sichuan Opera
June 18, 2015
The Changing Face of Sichuan Opera
An ancient Chinese art form might have to go global to survive.
The Changing Face of Sichuan Opera
30 Years Later, This Chinese Film Still Echoes in Hollywood
June 13, 2015
30 Years Later, This Chinese Film Still Echoes in Hollywood
How a Chinese gangster movie from the 1980s changed cinema -- including Hollywood.
30 Years Later, This Chinese Film Still Echoes in Hollywood
Why Does Chinese Alcohol Taste So Awful?
June 08, 2015
Why Does Chinese Alcohol Taste So Awful?
China's baijiu gets a bad rap for its powerful flavor, but it's a wonderfully complex drink.
Why Does Chinese Alcohol Taste So Awful?
Graffiti in China, Part Two: The Writing on the Wall
May 27, 2015
Graffiti in China, Part Two: The Writing on the Wall
China strictly controls any graffiti that signals dissent even while promoting innocuous graffiti.
Graffiti in China, Part Two: The Writing on the Wall
Graffiti in China, Part I: A Crack in the Concrete
May 19, 2015
Graffiti in China, Part I: A Crack in the Concrete
From its roots in 1960s New York, modern graffiti art has made it to China -- with Chinese characteristics, of course.
Graffiti in China, Part I: A Crack in the Concrete
The History Behind China’s Response to the Baltimore Riots
May 12, 2015
The History Behind China’s Response to the Baltimore Riots
China's response to the riots in Baltimore reflects a history of sympathy between communists and civil rights activists.
The History Behind China’s Response to the Baltimore Riots
Road Rage in China: A Cautionary Tale
May 09, 2015
Road Rage in China: A Cautionary Tale
After an incident in Chengdu, many in China sympathize with a man who attacked the woman who cut him off in traffic.
Road Rage in China: A Cautionary Tale
'Monkey Shows': Being a Foreigner in China
May 05, 2015
'Monkey Shows': Being a Foreigner in China
Foreigners in China -- particularly whites -- are given economic value simply because of the color of their skin.
'Monkey Shows': Being a Foreigner in China
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