Florina Petrescu

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Teaching “Madame Bovary”

Each fall, I teach “Madame Bovary” to my graduate writing students at Hunter College, and each fall I read it with them. My course is called Introduction to the Modern: The Role of Compassion. So we look at modernism, and how it disrupts the literary world, and at compassion, and how it expands the …

Hong Kong universities a new battleground in independence debate

When a handful of students decided to express an opinion on a university campus bulletin board in Hong Kong, they never imagined the backlash that would follow.<p>What began with a few posters emblazoned with a radical idea, that Hong Kong should split with China and become independent, eventually …

Hong Kong

China Industrial Profits Surge Most Since 2011

Chinese industrial profits jumped the most since 2011, underscoring resilience in the economy as authorities intensify their efforts to cut excess …

Baoshan seeks to revive Zheng He’s glory

BAOSHAN District, from which the renowned Chinese explorer and diplomat Zheng He (AD 1371-1433) set off his expeditionary voyages in 1405, now wants …

China

Modern Diplomacy - Modern Diplomacy

South Asia23 hours agoModi’s Policies are downgrading India’s Major-Power Ambition in the International System East Asia2 days agoChina’s strategy in …

China's political propaganda gets a digital makeover

<b>China has been trying and failing for years to get its people, especially its young people, to care about its political system. Could it now be close to working out how to do just this?</b><p>Every March, the National People Congress (NPC), China's biggest annual political event, goes virtually unnoticed …

China

'Forest cities': the radical plan to save China from air pollution

When Stefano Boeri imagines the future of urban China he sees green, and lots of it. Office blocks, homes and hotels decked from top to toe in a verdant blaze of shrubbery and plant life; a breath of fresh air for metropolises that are choking on a toxic diet of fumes and dust.<p>Last week, the …

Skyscrapers

The real secret of Chinese internet censorship? Distraction

If you ever want to annoy western policymakers or politicians, then here is a surefire way to do it. Tell them that the only government in the world that <i>really understands the internet</i> is the Chinese communist regime. And if you want to add a killer punch, add the assertion that almost everything …

China

‘Deadpool 2’ Will Definitely Bring Back A Few Fan-Favorite Characters From The First Film

<i>Deadpool 2</i> can’t arrive soon enough for fans of the first film. Of course, there’s always the danger that a sequel won’t deliver and may crush a few spirits in the process, but the decade-long process of the first film does lend confidence that a followup will be treated with the same degree of …

Ben Affleck’s Batman is not the hero DC needs

<i>This post contains spoilers for</i> Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice <i>and</i> Suicide Squad<i>.</i><p>At the climax of <i>Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice</i>, Superman has …

Batman And The Flash To Investigate The Watchmen

DC Comics has announced an upcoming crossover featuring Batman and The Flash, as they investigate the mysterious button left in the Batcave at the …

This rural school only has two students

You wouldn't typically picture a school being this empty, but this one in rural Youyang County, near Chongqing in inland China, is so empty it only …

Donald Trump’s team has questions about China in Africa. Here are answers.

President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team has circulated a list of questions on Africa to the State Department and Pentagon. At the top of the list are two queries about the United States and China and their relative presence on that continent: “How does U.S. business compete with other …

China

Chinese state-run media: China will 'take off the gloves' if Trump continues to provoke Beijing over Taiwan

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal published on Friday, Trump said the "One China" policy was up for negotiation. China's foreign ministry, in response, said "One China" was the foundation of China-U.S. ties and was non-negotiable.<p>Trump broke with decades of precedent last month by taking …

The Guardian view on American Christianity: change and decay

Is Christianity ceasing to matter in the US? The question might seem absurd in the light of statistics that show a country which still publicly respects religion to an extent difficult for a European to imagine. Fewer than a third of all Americans admit that they seldom or never go to church. There …

Religion

The Internet Of Things Could Finally Get The Common Language It Needs

In the home and beyond, it’s more important than ever that gadgets get standard ways to talk to each other. And there are signs of progress.<p>Smart home gadgets were everywhere at the CES trade show in January, from useful iterations on connected light bulbs and door locks to odder endeavors such as …

What will Trump change about trade relations with China? Here’s what you need to know.

As a candidate and as president-elect, Donald Trump tapped into the backlash against globalization and free trade, feeding the perception that U.S. companies are no longer competitive in the world.<p>China’s growing economic capabilities have been a frequent target, with Trump labeling China a …

China

Japanese Teacher Threatens to Write Students’ Names in His ‘Death Note’

If you’ve ever seen the anime <i>Death Note</i> or are familiar with the manga series, you probably know all about the little black book. You know the one …

Anime

China rewrites history books to extend Sino-Japanese war by six years

China’s government has ordered that all Chinese history textbooks be rewritten to extend the second Sino-Japanese war by six years, a move likely to inflame relations with Japan.<p>The conflict, which has been known for generations in China as the “eight-year war of resistance against Japanese …

Communist Party

Buddhist monk sets himself on fire in South Korea over 'comfort women' deal

A South Korean Buddhist monk was left in critical condition after setting himself on fire in Seoul to protest against the country’s settlement with Japan on compensation for wartime sex slaves.<p>The 64-year-old monk suffered third-degree burns across his body and serious damage to vital organs. He …

South Korea

North or South? What’s Behind China’s Linguistic Rivalry

Close your eyes, and you can’t guess her nationality. Lu Qiyu’s English is meticulous, sculpted over years of careful study. Though it remains slightly accented, the merest hint of a twang is difficult to place.<p>Switch to Mandarin, however, and her southern Chinese accent emerges. In China, “north” …

China

Japan defence minister prays at controversial Yasukuni war shrine day after historic Pearl Harbor visit

Japan's hawkish defence minister prayed Thursday at a controversial war shrine in Tokyo, the day after accompanying prime minister Shinzo Abe on a highly symbolic visit to Pearl Harbor.<p>Yasukuni Shrine honours millions of mostly Japanese war dead, but is controversial for also enshrining senior …

Xinjiang attack: four 'terrorists' and one bystander killed, says China

Attackers drove a car into a government building in China’s restive far western region of Xinjiang on Wednesday and set off explosives, killing one person while all four of the assailants were shot dead, the regional government said.<p>Hundreds of people have been killed in recent years in …

China

Christmas time in China sees human rights activists put on trial

Three human rights activists will come to trial in the next few days, at a time when many foreign diplomats, journalists and NGO observers are away from their desks.<p>“When the most prominent human rights activists are put on trial during the Christmas period, that’s definitely deliberate,” said …

Human Rights

Here’s a strange coincidence: Apple’s AirPods case fits USB-C better than Lightning

Now that users are finally getting their hands on Apple’s AirPods, a few tidbits of information about the product are starting to roll in. Earlier today, we shared how AirPods hold up after drop and water tests. Now, eagle-eyed users have noticed that the charging port on the AirPods case is nearly …

USB Type-C