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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.
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
A Third Road for Xinjiang
April 28, 2015
A Third Road for Xinjiang
Xinjiang's Uyghurs must find a path between tokenism and rebeliion.
A Third Road for Xinjiang
Red Tide: China in the Caribbean
April 24, 2015
Red Tide: China in the Caribbean
China's interactions in the Caribbean could be a net gain if it can learn to work alongside locals.
Red Tide: China in the Caribbean
Will China Ever Embrace Pope Francis?
April 17, 2015
Will China Ever Embrace Pope Francis?
Can China and the Vatican ever reach mutual understanding?
Will China Ever Embrace Pope Francis?
Feng Shui and the Art of Chinese Superstition
April 10, 2015
Feng Shui and the Art of Chinese Superstition
Though outlawed under Mao and still officially illegal, fengshui is making a comeback in modern China.
Feng Shui and the Art of Chinese Superstition
Animal Cruelty in China, Revisited
April 02, 2015
Animal Cruelty in China, Revisited
Further reflections on animal welfare in China, and the role globalization plays.
Animal Cruelty in China, Revisited
No, China Isn't Abandoning North Korea
March 27, 2015
No, China Isn't Abandoning North Korea
The idea that Beijing will abandon North Korea remains wishful thinking.
No, China Isn't Abandoning North Korea
Saving China's Dogs
March 20, 2015
Saving China's Dogs
Dogs (and other animals) in China face horrific, public abuse -- but that's slowly changing.
Saving China's Dogs
China Doesn't Need Another Japanese Apology
March 12, 2015
China Doesn't Need Another Japanese Apology
Previous apologies have made little difference in China-Japan relations.
China Doesn't Need Another Japanese Apology
The Boss Christians of Wenzhou
March 06, 2015
The Boss Christians of Wenzhou
Could an economic crisis in Wenzhou bring about dark times for China's Christians?
The Boss Christians of Wenzhou
Can China's Propagandists Be the Emperors of Cool?
February 27, 2015
Can China's Propagandists Be the Emperors of Cool?
Further reflections on the changing -- and unchanging -- nature of Chinese propaganda.
Can China's Propagandists Be the Emperors of Cool?
Food and Fairy Tales: A New Era in Chinese Propaganda
February 19, 2015
Food and Fairy Tales: A New Era in Chinese Propaganda
We're seeing a new wave of individually-driven, non-political programs that present the softer side of China.
Food and Fairy Tales: A New Era in Chinese Propaganda
Was Colonialism Good for Asia?
February 05, 2015
Was Colonialism Good for Asia?
In controversial remarks, Taipei's new mayor argued that colonialism is the secret to "more advanced" culture today.
Was Colonialism Good for Asia?
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