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The U.S.A. and China moving forward

Image radioe free asia − rfa.orgWhile 2021 represents a fresh start in many ways for our country and the rest of the world, there are numerous issues that a change in leadership/policies may or may not solve so easily. One such issue is China. Our new Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, has already indicated that China is the primary foreign power for the U.S. to re-establish a working...

The cost of the opium wars – Hong Kong’s history

Image - Earnesttse/Earnesttse  As someone raised in Hong Kong, it breaks my heart to see my hometown in such turmoil. I understand issues important to both Hong Kong residents and the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Namely, Hong Kong residents who are not raised under the PRC regime and are used to the freedom they have, and now rightfully fearful of what it would be like when China...

Change is in the air… I hope

Image - The College Collective With the groundswell response globally to BLM based on the now-infamous event that shocked the world, I am hopeful that there is a paradigm shift happening now as a result. It is long overdue, with so many black lives lost in the hands of law enforcement so unnecessarily. Racial discrimination comes in many forms, and a cultural “reset” is required for our country...
The U.S.A. and China moving forward

The U.S.A. and China moving forward

Image radioe free asia − rfa.orgWhile 2021 represents a fresh start in many ways for our country and the rest of the world, there are numerous issues that a change in leadership/policies may or may not solve so easily. One such issue is China. Our new Secretary of...

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The cost of the opium wars – Hong Kong’s history

The cost of the opium wars – Hong Kong’s history

Image - Earnesttse/Earnesttse  As someone raised in Hong Kong, it breaks my heart to see my hometown in such turmoil. I understand issues important to both Hong Kong residents and the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Namely, Hong Kong residents who are not...

read more
Change is in the air… I hope

Change is in the air… I hope

Image - The College Collective With the groundswell response globally to BLM based on the now-infamous event that shocked the world, I am hopeful that there is a paradigm shift happening now as a result. It is long overdue, with so many black lives lost in the hands...

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Marco Polo…

Marco Polo…

Image - Marco Polo and his travelsWhen Marco Polo discovered the “mystique of the Orient” and began trading with China via the now-famous “Silk Road” in the 13 century, he was limited to the size of his caravans trotting across rough terrains to deliver these coveted...

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American opium smugglers…

American opium smugglers…

Image - 1. Thomas Handasyd Perkins, smuggler, slave trader, founder of Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Perkins School for the Blind, and Mass General Hospital, 2. Warren Delano II, Grandfather to 32 president Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 3. Robert Bennet Forbes, Ancestor to...

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I am a worried old-school Reagan Republican…

I am a worried old-school Reagan Republican…

Image Ronald Reagan on the campaign trail- 1979 At a time when we should be cooperating and working closely with the world community to beat the COVID-19 pandemic, there are talks among senior administration officials here to “punish” China for spreading the virus,...

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There are Two Sides to Every Story

There are Two Sides to Every Story

There are always two (or more) sides to any historical event. Frankly, unless you are on the “inside,” we rarely get to know and understand the often-complex circumstances that drive decision-makers to justify their behavior and conduct.  Take what is going on between...

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The Opium Lord’s Daughter is acknowledged as a winner and finalists in multiple contests