Fall 2017

9/15/17 – Hong Kong

SURGE General Interest Meeting! Come and discuss this week’s topic, the process and political effects of the repatriation of Hong Kong, and how that is affecting the Chinese government as a whole.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/26/asia/hong-kong-handover-exit/index.html

http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/education-community/article/2111365/let-hong-kong-universities-not-government-deal

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/01/opinion/hong-kong-china-political-prisoners.html?rref=collection%2Ftimestopic%2FHong%20Kong&action=click&contentCollection=world&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=collection

 

9/26/17 – President Trump’s UN Speech

President Trump delivered his maiden address to the United Nations General Assembly last week. His speech was met with some raised eyebrows across various quarters, most notably because of its emphasis on sovereignty and a re-hash of his American-First Doctrine. What are the implications of his speech, and how did world leaders respond to his speech?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/09/19/trumps-menacing-united-nations-speech-annotated/?utm_term=.e373b6213762

http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/mfa_eng/wjdt_665385/zyjh_665391/t1496244.shtml

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/23/world/americas/world-leaders-trump-un.html

10/10/17 – Increasing Censorship

Even as Mark Zuckerberg tries to reintroduce Facebook to the Chinese market, the Chinese government censored the last of Facebook products available in China. Can China keep up this trend of censorship, and if so, what effects will it have on Chinese society?

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/25/business/china-whatsapp-blocked.html?rref=collection%2Ftimestopic%2FInternet%20Censorship%20in%20China&action=click&contentCollection=world&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=collection&_r=0

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/chinas-scary-lesson-to-the-world-censoring-the-internet-works/2016/05/23/413afe78-fff3-11e5-8bb1-f124a43f84dc_story.html?utm_term=.4df8e654befc
10/24/17 – Who is Xi? Architect of an era

President Xi was just elected for his second five-year term as leader of China. Some say he is becoming as important to China as Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping were. But who is Xi, and what does he want? Come Tuesday to discuss him, the politburo, and other political results from the 19th Party Congress!

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-41250273

https://www.ft.com/content/955e05ca-b705-11e7-8c12-5661783e5589

11/28/17 – Ethnic Minority Issues in China

China is made up of 56 ethnic groups – with 55 of those making up just 8.4% of the population. How do these diverse groups identities affect Chinese society, and how does the Chinese government administer to these groups?

Come join us at our final discussion meeting of the semester on Tuesday to talk about Tibet, Xinjiang, and every issue in between, and share your thoughts!

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/03/world/asia/xinjiang-seethes-under-chinese-crackdown.html

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20131215-how-china-portrays-its-minorities

https://www.economist.com/news/china/21725042-country-may-have-hundreds-unofficial-minorities-why-chinas-communists-recognise-just-56