Wawrinka, Li Win Australian Open

It was an Australian Open of surprises, upsets and unpredictable matches that ended with a first for both men’s and women’s tennis.  Stanislas Wawrinka captured his first Grand Slam title in his major debut at the Australian Open while Li Na also won her first Australian Open and second Grand Slam championship. On Sunday’s final against […]

Frank Ocean Runs From The Media

In recent news sources such as Rolling Out and the New York Times, grammy-nominated artist, Frank Ocean, has released to the press that he is moving to Shanghai, China after the Grammys on Sunday. Due to his constant news coverage about topics such as his debut album, his sexuality, and fights with other celebs, Ocean […]

Air Testing by Kite in Chinese Cities

Air pollution has been an undeniable crisis in China, with the stars hidden by layers of tainted smog in many cities. Government officials, however, have always dodged the issue. They cite the developing status of the nation as an excuse for the environmental contamination. What’s worse, they refuse to release quantified data on the air […]

Chinese, South Korean and Indonesian Badminton Teams booed off the Olympic Court

“This is my last game. Farewell Badminton World Federation. Farewell my dear badminton,” read a comment by Yu Yang, one of China’s badminton stars on the micro-blogging service Tencent late yesterday. On 1 August, Wednesday, eight badminton players were disqualified from the London 2012 Summer Olympics for playing to lose. This included the World’s Champion […]

What’s so Wrong about United States Outfits being “Made in China”?

(Source: Screencap from RalphLauren.com) A mere 13 days before the Olympic ceremony, Ralph Lauren and USOC face public outcry as America realizes the U.S. team outfits were “Made in China.” Berets, scarves, blazers, and skirts made a rather formal debut in the opening ceremony, much to the chagrin of many Americans. My question is, what […]

US Olympic Team of 3 Girls

(From the left: Erica Wu, Lily Zhang, Ariel Hsing, Timothy Wang. Photo credit Joola USA) With London 2012 approaching and Olympic team selections are being fine-tuned, one lesser known sport has an unusual team lineup. Ping-pong, or better known as table tennis by its athletes, has three of its junior girls representing the U.S. Women’s […]

The Test that’s the door to the future

The futures of high school seniors in China were set in stone about a week ago, when the grades for the National Higher Education Entrance Examination, or gaokao (高考), were released to test-takers across the country. According to Edward Wong of the New York Times, families huddled in front of computers and phones, waiting for […]

Recounting “Six Four”, Tiananmen

(AP Photo/Sadayuki Mikami) “Today’s June 4th? ‘Six Four’ is the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Protest in 1989.” That was how I was reminded of the event yesterday; my mother stopped in the middle of her daily chores by that date. Without looking up a single news source, she continued knowingly, “Hong Kong will have […]

Happiness Doesn’t Always Follow Wealth

Over the past two decades China has shown a near-unfathomable rate of economic growth.  Despite this growth in wealth, Chinese people are less happy overall than they were 20 years ago, at the beginning of China’s economic expansion, a newly published long-term study has shown.  In 1990 Chinese people reported high levels of life satisfaction, […]