China and the United States: The Race to 5G

Written by: Michael DeLeers It seems every week a new technological development is making headlines. With companies like Space X, Google, and Apple constantly driving innovation, it is not hard to believe. However, there are also a number of incredibly important technological developments happening under the radar. One of the most critical is 5G, “the…

Backgrounder: The Hong Kong Protests

Written by: Cormac O’Harrow The Hong Kong protests: a series of demonstrations by hundreds of thousands of people in the streets of Hong Kong, the semi-autonomous territory of islands off the coast of mainland China. Since the territory reverted back to Chinese control from the British in 1997, questions about its sovereignty have loomed heavily…

Effects of Censorship on the Global Economy

Written by: Pooja Gundimeda  The people of Hong Kong have been protesting for months now in response to the extradition bill proposed by the local government. The bill would have allowed for criminal suspects to be extradited to the mainland, posing a major threat to democracy as the bill could be used to target activists…

Hong Kong’s Symbolic Meaning to Chinese

Written by: Jui Lin Lu After months of demonstration, Hong Kong’s people do not seem to be moving Beijing politics. Millions of Hong Kong citizens are pushing for a democratic government, and the government answered their calls with tear gas and rubber bullets. As Beijing decided to take a hard-line approach toward this issue,  it…

Religious Persecution in China: Watching History Repeat

Written by: Zach Lipecki The year is 1899, and the Chinese Boxer Rebellion has just begun with the killing of two priests in Juye County, China. What would follow over the course of the next two years was a dark, albeit short, time in Chinese history; thousands of Christians and foreign missionaries would be hunted…

The World Needs to Pay Attention to China

Written by: Joe McInerney While much of the international community has been focused on developments in the Middle East and the US has been tuned into the impeachment battle in Congress, China has quietly escalated and perpetrated a cultural genocide against an entire Muslim minority in their country, the Uighurs. As the extent to which…

The Cost of Democracy

Written by: Jui Lin Lu After several months of struggle, the Hong Kong Anti-Extradition-Law movement has finally achieved some success. The Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced the formal withdrawal of the Extradition Bill in response to the five demands made by the protestors. To achieve this goal, the city has suffered a tremendous amount. The…

The Unforeseen Effects of Hong Kong’s Pro-Democracy Protests

Written by: Emery Jochnau By now, most of the international community is aware of the pro-democracy protests that have been going on for nearly five months in Hong Kong. Some, however, might not understand exactly why they are occurring. Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, and because of…

Macau, Hong Kong’s Sister City

Written by: Ryan Thiele Over the last few months there has been considerable attention given to Hong Kong, the Special Administrative Region (SAR) that was turned over from the British Empire in 1997. Hong Kong’s democratic protests are sure to grab headlines for months to come, especially since they are inspiring other movements across the…